According to Variety, Walden Media and New Line have joined forces to co-finance Journey 3-D, a modern take on the Jules Verne classic "Journey to the Center of the Earth."

Eric Brevig, who won a Special Achievement Academy Award for his visual effects work on Total Recall, will make his feature directorial debut. D.V. DeVincentis (High Fidelity) has written the script.

Visual effects vet Charlotte Huggins is producing, and production will begin in April.

The story centers on a teenager and his scientist father who stumble onto a message hidden in an ancient artifact. Their attempt to solve the riddle leads them into a previously unseen world and the creatures that inhabit it.

The film will be shot in live action, but the otherworldly landscapes and creatures will be supplied by high-definition, photo-real 3-D technology. Brevig will use cameras specially developed for Walden's large-format 3-D films, which include the James Cameron-directed Ghosts Of The Abyss and Aliens of the Deep. Walden used the photo-real 3-D technology to bring creatures to life in the Andrew Adamson-directed "The Chronicles of Narnia," to be released next month by Disney.