With a lot of fans holding their breaths in anticipation, Universal Pictures has announced the title for the fourth film in the “Jurassic Park” series. The studio has christened the film as “Jurassic World,” which will be shot in 3D and released on June 12, 2015. This comes on the same day Disney delayed plans for “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” which is now scheduled to open in the summer of 2016.
Universal was to begin production in May of this year from an original script written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes,”) but production was postponed in order for the studio to pass on the script in favor of a screenplay co-written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. Executive producer Steven Spielberg will also throw in a few notes and ideas of his own.
With the script finished and turned in, the studio will begin casting for the dinosaur flick. It is reported that Universal was looking at Bryce Dallas Howard, David Oyelowo and Garrett Hedlund to star prior to the delay in production. Sources at the studio say that the actors will still be extended offers for the feature.
2015 looks to be a heavy blockbuster summer. Films such as: “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Man of Steel 2,” “Star Wars VII” and “Ant-Man” will be competing for theater patrons’ dollars.
No storyline has been released for “Jurassic World,” but it is rumored to take place on the original Jurassic Park island of Isla Nublar, which has been successfully turned into an amusement park that pioneer John Hammond (actor Sir Richard Attenborough) dreamed of creating. Dinosaur trainers run the animal park which averages over 10 million visitors a year. For the first time, underwater dinosaurs will appear. Most likely there will either be a megalodon, ichthyosaur, plesiosaur or the top tier prehistoric marine predator recently discovered named Pliosaurus funkei, which had a massive skull and a bite four times as powerful as a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
“Jurassic World” will open in theaters on June 12, 2015. No actors have been finalized to star in the film. Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly wrote the screenplay along with Steven Spielberg. Frank Marshall, Pat Crowley and Steven Spielberg will produce, while Colin Trevorrow directs.
Sources: Variety, movieweb, The Huffington Post