Jurassic World, the fourth film in the Jurassic Park series, is set to hit cinemas on June 12 2015 (claws crossed).
That’s thirteen years since the 2001 Jurassic Park III was released. Twenty two years since Jurassic Park came into our lives. But, given the original tag line for the film was ‘An adventure 65 million years in the making’, we’re going to count ourselves lucky a year is all it is.
Taking its inspiration from Michael Crichton’s novel, the idea of a theme park jam-packed with cloned dinosaurs is about to embark on its fourth outing.
Colin Trevorrow is in the director’s chair with original director Steven Spielberg in a producer role.
Here’s a breakdown of the JP4 story so far…
January 12 2013:Confirmation of Jurassic Park 4 hit the internet
The release date was penned for June 2014. JP fans go wild.
Even this strangely silent reaction (I checked my speakers several times) gets the point across.
March 2013: Colin Trevorrow is announced as director
The news of Trevorrow taking the lead was broken by one of the film’s producers, Frank Marshall, who tweeted: “Thrilled to have director on JP4, Colin Trevorrow, an exciting young filmmaker who understands and respects the world that is Jurassic Park.”
Trevorrow made his feature film debut last year with the award-winning Safety Not Guaranteed, which starred Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson as a trio of magazine employees on a dangerous assignment.
Original Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg takes on the role of executive producer.
Trevorrow flings himself into the action, tweeting this telling message:
Trevorrow is referring to ongoing discoveries relating to dinosaurs, which suggest they were actually feathered, rather than scaly – ie. not how they were depicted in Jurassic Park. Trevorrow’s decision to side step recent revelations irritated some experts, but he explains his thinking to Escape Studios:
“Well, the Jurassic Park films have often been caught out by advances in paleontological understanding, and I’m sure our grasp on dinosaur biology and behaviour will only continue to evolve. I think it makes sense to just stick with the initially created rules rather than trying to keep pace with or second-guess reality.”
May 2013: Rumours JP4 on hold
Two (since deleted tweets) suggest Jurassic Park 4 is on hold. Concept artist Dean Sherriff simply tweeted “JP4 on hold”. Digital Assests Manager Tom Smoyer adding, “Hollywood makes and crushes dreams. Goodbye JP4.”
Colin Trevorrow later tweets that there’s no problem, asking fans to join in the JP4 process by suggesting their own ideas.
There is no friction. @UniversalPics is giving us time to make the movie you deserve. Keep telling me what you see. We're all directing JP4.
July 2013: Colin Trevorrow talks about honouring the previous films
“We definitely want to honour what came before us… We are very aware of how much a certain generation especially cares about this movie and we talk about it all the time and really the conversation is: it’s not about us, it’s not about our careers, it’s how do we make something that really can stand up with the first film,” Trevorrow tells Schmoes Know at the 2013 Saturn Awards.
“We have a very small team who we are working with right now. It’s incredible to have Steven [Spielberg] who’s done this for decades and has such incredible filmic knowledge and just understands the language of story in a way that for us is very refreshing. It’s not like getting notes from a studio executive. It’s really trying to crack this and make it the best movie it can be,” the director adds.
September 2013: Jurassic Park 4 becomes Jurassic World
The fourth instalment stops being affectionately referred to as Jurassic Park 4 as it gets its proper name… Jurassic World. After all of the ‘hold’ rumours, the release date is officially pushed back by a year to June 12 2015. Universal announced the news, which has so far stuck in the diaries.
November 2013: Various plot details are rumoured
Very few details have actually been confirmed. Rumblings suggest the inclusion of under water dinosaurs. While Trevorrow keeps his cards close to his chest he does say that Jurassic World will be set 22 years after Jurassic Park.
The director also insists its not a ‘reboot’, which will feel like a continuation, but not a copy.
A fake trailer is released online.
The trailer is made to look like it is from the editing room. Jurassic World website make the point that filming is yet to have actually started…
January 2014: Chris Pratt is cast as lead
Pratt will take on the role of Owen, a rugged ex-military man who is seemingly the kind of man you’d like around if trying to make your way through a dinosaur-filled park.
The Zero Dark Thirty star tells QMI Agency Sunday that the franchise is like his Star Wars:
“Jurassic Park was really kind of my Star Wars. I lined up at the theatre to see it, I saw it opening night, I saw every sequel, I’ve seen it a whole bunch of times… for me that was my big movie, I think I was 13 or 14 when it came out, and so it’s a big deal for me to be any part of that, let alone this part I’m going to be playing. I’m thrilled about it.”
February 2014: Location details revealed
Jurassic World will shoot in Hawaii’s Oahu and Kauai, before moving to Louisiana.
Trevorrow has been tweeting pictures of the scouting expeditions for the film, including a tantalising shot of Nublar.
Yep, dinosaurs aren’t the only thing to be worried about in Jurassic Park. Heading to Jurassic World is Law & Order: Criminal Intent actor Vincent D’Onofrio who will play the CFO of Patel Corporation, the company funding Jurassic World.
Irrfan Khan, who has starred in Life of Pi and Slumdog Millionaire, will play D’Onofrio’s employer, Patel, “the billionaire owner of a new Jurassic Park.”
According to The Wrap, D’Onofrio’s character “projects the image of a normal family man to mask a hidden edge.”
Trevorrow confirms cast favourites won’t return, which means no Jeff Goldblum, no Sam Neill and no Laura Dern.
He tells IGN: “I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They’re iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn’t about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they’d go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go.”
BD Wong will be back. Having only a minor role in the first film, chief geneticist Dr Henry Wu (played by BD Wong) will have a much more defined role in Jurassic World. This is truer to the original novel and Trevorrow says, “He spent two decades living in Hammond’s [John Hammond, played by Richard Attenborough] shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.”
March 21st 2014: X-Men Days of Future Past star cast
Jurassic World’s cast list is getting longer. Trevorrow has confirmed the news that X-Men Days of Future Past’s Omar Sy is joining JP4. No details of his role have been revealed, but Trevorrow went all fancy on us and tweeted his excitement about the French actor joining in French.
This could just be a simple, ‘Don’t forget Jurassic World is on the way’ tweet. Like we’d forget. Or, we could be being prompted to the think about the significance of this sign. Not only did poor Nedry come to a gruesome end right near the sign, being killed inside his jeep, he’d just dropped a Barbasol can filled with dino embryos he was intending to run off with. We’ve never known what happened to those embryos. Did they somehow manage to leave the can, hatch and become killer dinos… Could they be the key to the plot this time around? Let’s wait and see shall we.
Here’s that Nedry moment:
October 15th: Jurassic World gets its own tag line.