Hold on to your butts, Jurassic Park fans! Universal Studios has finally revealed the release date and the title for the newest installment in this epic franchise. Jurassic World will be roaring on to the big screen in June 2015.
Yesterday, PopWrapped reported that the release of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film has been delayed an entire year due to screenplay issues. This delay allowed Jurassic World to swoop in and occupy the coveted summer release spot. Colin Trevorrow, the maestro of Jurassic World, has teamed up with Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ writers, Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa, to fine tune the script.
The new title supports rumors that this installment of the Jurassic Park franchise will see John Hammond’s dream come true in the form of a fully functional and larger than life Jurassic Park; complete with tourists visiting in droves and making the trek to the island of Isle Nublar. But don’t get it twisted: dinosaurs are fierce, and will remain that way, according to Trevarrow. He has assured us that there will be no “tame” dinosaurs performing circus tricks to placate the kiddies.
The latest Jurassic Park film has been severely delayed; the franchise has been floating in developmental purgatory for more than ten years. In an attempt to separate this film from the prior three, one pitched (and thankfully discarded) script featured super-intelligent human-dinosaur gun-toting hybrids that were fashioned to battle a North American dinosaur invasion. William Monahan (The Departed) and John Sayles (Lone Star) had been tapped to write the discarded script, and they actually released concept art for the failed project last October.
Trevorrow, who worked on Safety Not Guaranteed, inherited this project from Joe Johnston (Captain America), who was behind the wheel of the most recent installment, Jurassic Park III, which was released in 2001. However, Jurassic World has an advantage as it will welcome Steven Spielberg back into the fold as executive producer. Spielberg spearheaded the original Jurassic Park and its sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but was absent from the third film.
The series is based upon the brilliant Michael Crichton’s impossibly smart novels about the influence of science and its ability to do almost anything. IE: bringing prehistoric giants back to life with the simple formula of dino-DNA extracted from of a fossilized mosquito. The series has been a monster hit, raking in over 1.9 billion world-wide.
Here’s hoping that Steven Spielberg can recreate the magic that made the first movie so mind-blowing. As Spielberg is one of Hollywood’s most talented magicians, I have complete faith in his ability to do so.