It’s been over 12 years since the release of the highly anticipated and mightily disappointing Jurassic Park III, but Universal Pictures decided to finally announce a long overdue sequel to the prehistoric franchise.
Rumours have been rife since the first information was leaked earlier this year, some of it being discredited as nothing more than ‘fan-boy’ scepticism which Universal have been quick to reject, and some of it being accepted as fact.
With what seems to be an official release date looming not so far into the distant future, what exactly do we know about the series’ fourth instalment?
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Director: Colin Trevorrow
Long before any plot details were confirmed or cast members were decided upon, Universal were keen to provide fans with the name of the person willing to take on a behemoth franchise like Jurassic Park. That name was Colin Trevorrow.
If you’re scratching your head wondering who on Earth he is, you are forgiven as his name has only been attached to one motion picture, the warmly received time-travelling comedy Safety Not Guaranteed. This may not be the greatest resume for someone who is tasked with resurrecting a franchise that has been lying dormant for over a decade, but blockbuster king Steven Spielberg has praised Trevorrow and his vision for wanting to create something fresh, new and from what I can gather, just a little bit left-field.
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson
The Jurassic Park series has never been one to shout about how famous the leading cast members are, from Sam Neill to Alessandro Nivola, the franchise has relied on its powerful special effects to reel audiences in, rather than big name actors and actresses, and it seems like Jurassic World will follow in its predecessor’s footsteps.
Bryce Dallas Howard has been attached as the leading lady for quite some time and only last month was she officially confirmed as starring. Her acting credits include a brief stint in the Twilight series, Spider-Man 3 and Terminator Salvation.
12-year-old Ty Simpkins was announced as a possible candidate to play one of the series’ growing child actors, joining the likes of Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards. Whether he proves to be as annoying remains to be seen. Ty’s acting credentials are impressive given his age with Iron Man 3, Insidious and War of the Worlds already under his belt.
On October 16th, little-known actor Nick Robinson was cast as Ty Simpkins’ older brother, although details surrounding his character are sketchy at this time.
David Oyelowo is also rumoured to be involved in talks to join the cast, but no official details have been released.
Story: Return to Isla Nublar
The Jurassic Park series has never been one to bother itself with a truly engaging script, relying more on its jaw-dropping special effects to impress global audiences.
However, Colin Trevorrow is planning to change all that with the help of writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver who worked on the brilliant Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The plot is still tightly under wraps, but confirmation of a return to Isla Nublar from the original film was shown on Twitter by Trevorrow earlier this year.
Whilst the following is all speculation, it would seem like the film would be set in the near future with a fully operational Jurassic Park featuring the beloved dinosaurs from the previous three films, as well some new additions.
It seems that it is full steam ahead for this long-awaited sequel to one of the world’s most loved franchises. With a release date of June 12, 2015, Universal Pictures will be hoping that Trevorrow can pull it out the bag and create a memorable film rather than churning out a formulaic thriller which will no doubt be a huge disappointment to the series’ millions of fans.
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