"JURASSIC WORLD" in 2D, 3D and IMAX opens June12, 2015.
News is slow to leak out from director Colin Trevorrow's set of the long-long-awaited sequel to the Jurassic Park films--i.e., "Jurassic Park 4". It won't be called that, however. The fourth installment will be called "Jurassic World" ("J.W.") and it's not a reboot. Instead, it's a real-time sequel to Part 1 or, to quote a Tweet from Trevorrow, a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of Jurassic Park.
Trevorrow said he wants "Jurassic World" "to honor what came before it while at the same time standing as more than a solid action movie for general fans". The logical conclusion is that none of the stars from the original will be returning which will eliminate Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Joseph Mazello and Ariana Richards. That has not come from an official Universal Pictures source but it stands to reason that those character would have no place in action 22 years later.
Bryce Dallas Howard and child actors Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson will have the lead roles in the film. Chris Pratt, Jake Johnson, Jason Schwartzman and the Office's John Krasinski are being rumored to be taking roles in the film.
According to another Trevorrow Tweet, the movie will take place at the original location, Site A on Isla Nublar. Rumors that "J.W." will take place at a fully-operational theme park are true with hints that it's a SeaWorld-like park. This hints that an aquatic dinosaur might expand the dinosaur cast and break free from captivity to wreak havoc on park guests. Paleontologist Jack Horner, a consultant on the three previous films, has confirmed that the film will focus on a new and terrifying extinct creature. (The word extinct is superfluous since all dinosaurs are extinct--presumably).
Everyone knows by now that producer Kathleen Kennedy has left the "J.W." team to focus all of her attention on LucasFilms/Disney and "Star Wars Episode VII". That leaves Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg as producers on a film that has been in the works since the release and surprising success of "Jurassic Park III" in 2001. There have been a multitude of delays, many of which have been repeated revisions of the script, none of which have satisfied Spielberg. He felt that none of the drafts balanced the scientific and adventure elements of the film. It's a difficult balance to attain since too much science makes the film too talky and too much adventure makes it too hollow.
It still hasn't been established if the film will be the beginning of another trilogy or a stand-alone feature which could effectively end the storyline. Spielberg is 67 and, while age is not a factor for a director or a producer, he has a long list of projects in the works and on hold which will all take time. Couple that with the fact that he's spent 14 years (by 2015) working on this project and the math dictates that two more sequels could take another 28 years. Unless he were to turn over the reins to someone else, something that Spielberg historically has not done. Stay tuned. It's a long way to 2015 and things always change in the movie biz until the film is in the can.