Thursday, January 9, 2014

What Do We Know About Jurassic World?

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Movie Spotlight
Unfortunately, there haven't been any updates concerning the movies I've been writing about. I know it's a bummer, isn't it?

Topic of the Week:
Jurassic Park roared into theaters June 11, 1993 and was easily one of the most successful films ever made. It grossed over $914 million worldwide and was only surpassed by Titanic four years after its release. Originally inspired by Micheal Crichton's novel, Jurassic Park, this movie has inspired millions of people who saw it and many people have childhood memories from this film. Why was this movie a success in the first place? Well, for one thing, Jurassic Park features the most authentic and realistic dinosaurs ever seen in cinema, even by today's standards.

Considering its success, it was obvious that a sequel was necessary. So Universal Pictures released The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997, and Jurassic Park III in 2001. I don't know about you, but I am a total fan of this movie trilogy, which is arguably one of the greatest franchises of all time! As a matter of fact, this series is so successful and popular (even to this day) that a third sequel was already in the works since the third movie was finished. Unfortunately, as all of us JP fans know, Jurassic Park IV (now called Jurassic World) wasn't and still has yet to be released for reasons unspecified; perhaps Universal didn't have a good plot and therefore postponed the movie. BUT, the good news is – as I've announced in numerous of my articles, work on the movie is up and running again and over the last few months, there's been a lot of news and updates dealing with Jurassic World; as the film's director, Colin Trevorrow has confirmed multiple times, the movie-making project is very much alive! This time, after multiple failed release attempts, we're finally getting Jurassic World on June 12, 2015!!!

Though news and updates are a great thing, there are lots of rumors and speculation mixed in with the facts. For instance, forthe longest time, Jurassic World was rumored to feature mutantdinosaurs! Thank goodness this was denied by the movie-makers. Trevorrow is aware of the numerous internet rumors concerning Jurassic World. In a recent interview, he encourages us not to believe everything we read on the internet.
Colin Trevorrow is directing Jurassic World.
Because much of the information about Jurassic World is rather “hush-hush”, no one unaffiliated with the film knows much, and that's why there are so many internet rumors. The purpose of today's article is to separate fact versus fiction in the media concerning Jurassic World. Let's get rolling:

Here are the basic facts about the history of Jurassic World:

  • In 2002, Jurassic World, which at the time was called Jurassic Park IV, was going to be directed by Joe Johnston, who also directed Jurassic Park III.
  • The film's initial screenwriter, William Monahan, finished the film's first draft July 2003; the film was no longer set in the jungle, which is unlike the other three films.
  • Jurassic World's first release date was in the winter of 2004.
  • The crew working on Jurassic World were having trouble coming up with a script because they felt that all of their script versions had either too much adventure, or too much science. In special effects wizard, Stan Winston's own words, “He felt neither of [the drafts] balanced science and adventure elements effectively. It's a tough compromise to reach, as too much science will make the movie too talky, but too much adventure will make it seem hollow.”
  • In 2008, it seemed as if Jurassic World would – quite literally – become defunct, or rather extinct, as there didn't seem to be any development on this sequel.
  • Finally, in 2011, interest in Jurassic World sprung up again and Steven Spielberg (the director of the first two JP movies) and writer Mark Protosevich came together to think-up some new ideas for the film and there was a possibility of it being a spin-off of the original series.
  • In 2011 to 2012, the crew of Jurassic World was shifted greatly – Steven Spielberg would produce the film, Joe Johnston, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy (the last two directed the first three films) wouldn't be involved at all, and the married couple Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, writers of Rise of the Planet of the Apes were hired to write the script.
Now that we've gone through Jurassic World's treacherous and, at times, “uncertain” past, let's take a look at what we know now about this movie. At this point, the characters, plot and most of the dinosaurs appearing in the movie are unknown, but we do know some members of the film's cast: Bryce Dallas Howard was recently confirmed to be in the film. Even though her character's name is unknown, we know that she's portraying a smart, corporate scientist. Child actor Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins will also be in the movie. Once again, we have no idea who these two are portraying, but we know that they'll be brothers in the film. All other actors and actresses that are rumored to be in, or in talks concerning Jurassic World don't have official involvement. Hopefully, we'll know more about cast soon.

Bryce Dallas Howard was among the first actors/actresses confirmed to be in Jurassic World.
It is a fact that Jurassic World wouldn't be part of the Jurassic Park franchise without dinosaurs! That's like making cookies or brownies without dough! The dinosaur-cast is pretty unknown to us at this point, but we do know that Tyrannosaurus rex must be in it (otherwise, why would it be in the film's logo?). Trevorrow himself even announced that interest in this carnivore. Velociraptors are also more than likely to make an appearance, as they've been in all three already-made movies and are some of everyone’s favorite Jurassic Park-dinosaurs. We also know, thanks to the film's dinosaur consultant Jack Horner, that a new scary dinosaur is going to arrive on the scene. We've yet to know what it is, but rumors persist. Many fans believe that Troodon pectinodon, from Jurassic Park: The Game will be the dinosaur Horner's been teasing us with. Other popular fan-made guesses are Carnotaurus, Giganotosaurus, Allosaurus, or perhaps the creature isn't a dinosaur at all, but a flying reptile (or pterosaur) called Jeholopterus, or maybe a marine reptile such as Tylosaurus or Liopleurodon. Until either more information is released, or the film's teaser trailer comes out, we'll be shrouded in mystery.

What dinosaurs will be appearing in Jurassic World? What is the "scary, new dinosaur" in Jurassic World? This Ceratosaurus doesn't seem to know either.
The plot is also unknown. As many fans know, a possible plot-leak came out on the internet. The potential plot features a newly built theme park on Isla Nublar, the site of Jurassic Park (the theme park, not the movie) that attracts thousands of guests yearly and not only has dinosaurs, but also marine reptiles in the Sea World-like marine section of the park. Everything at the park, according to the rumor, goes fine until a new species of dinosaur threatens the park's livelihood. This rumor has yet to be confirmed, but thanks to Trevorrow, we know the film will take place on Isla Nublar.

Will marine creatures such as Tylosaurus make an appearance in Jurassic World like the rumor mentioned above seems to suggest? We can only hope!
Are there any details I missed? Oh yes! Recently, it was confirmed by the film's visual consultant, Rick Carter, that this film will feature the “same DNA” of the first trilogy. So this means that we'll have the same movie experience that we featured with those original three movies that still captivate us to this day. Hopefully, Trevorrow and the rest of Jurassic World's cast and crew can pull this movie together and deliver us one of the greatest film's ever made! On June 12, 2015 . . . dinosaurs will roam the earth once again . . . through cinema anyway!

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