Steven Spielberg is set to bring the next iteration of dinosaur-roaming anarchy to our screens by June 12, 2015. The movie was originally thought to be called Jurassic Park 4; however, Universal Studios have since confirmed the name of the sequel to be Jurassic World, instead.
Spielberg will produce the hotly anticipated film, whilst Colin Trevorrow is signed up as the project’s director, which is based upon a draft screenplay that he and Derek Connolly co-wrote.
In a bid to surpass previous films of the franchise, the filmmakers claim new dinosaurs are going to make an appearance, alongside some of the more staple ensemble.
Casting is yet to be confirmed; however, in light of the recent unveiling of Jurassic World’s release date, many speculate the script to have already been completed.
According to recent reports, the new Jurassic Park movie is being co-financed by Universal Studios and Legendary. Legendary recently parted ways with their longstanding partner, Warner Brothers Entertainment, seeking the opportunity to solicit the business of a number of other, big-budget studios. Legendary is estimated to be serving up an annual $350 million for a range of Universal’s films.
In light of the recent success of the re-release of the original Jurassic Park in 3D, it would seem short-sighted not to attempt to capitalize on the latest technology. Indeed, Spielberg has confirmed that Jurassic World will grace the silver screen in 3D. In addition, rather than converting Jurassic World into 3D, it would seem that Spielberg has plans to shoot the movie using dedicated 3D cameras.
When asked about whether the veteran director had any ambitions to convert any of the other Jurassic Park films into the 3D format, Spielberg denied any plans to do so. He suggested using 3D technology is like any other filmmaking device, and is not indispensible to a film’s success.
During a recent podcast with a fan group, Jurassic Cast, Colin Trevorrow engaged in a lengthy discussion, concerning his plans to tackle production of the latest installment of the series.
Trevorrow confirms the emergence of a new dinosaur, whilst reassuring fans of the return of the infamous T-Rex. He also discusses the importance of striking a happy balance between delivering a film that recapture the spirit and feel of the previous films, whilst still trying to push the story in a new, original direction.
During an earlier interview with SchmoePlus, the director was also asked a series of brief questions, regarding his transition from his previous film, Safety Not Guaranteed, to the new Jurassic Park:
Jack Horner, who is the go-to guy for Jurassic Park knowledge, having served as the primary consultant throughout the franchise’s existence, is also involved in proceedings. Horner, essentially, helps maintain the series’ scientific credibility. In the past, Horner had worked alongside previous scriptwriters to pen Jurassic Park 4. However, a series of “unrelated events” occurred, resulting in a previous 2004 script becoming shelved. Subsequent attempts to get the film off the ground were rejected, as the competency of prior writing had been called into question.
The news of Jurassic World’s release date also comes in the wake of the new Pirates of the Caribbean film being pushed back, from its originally planned summer 2015 release, to sometime in 2016.
With the first three films grossing almost $2 billion at the box office, alone, it’s little surprise that a new film would be spawned from the much acclaimed franchise. With Jurassic World now set for its June 2015 release in 3D, many fans will be eagerly awaiting the all-important casting announcements.
By: James Fenner