Jurassic World / Jurassic Park 4 (2015)

Jurassic World PosterRelease Date: June 12, 2015

Directed by: Colin Trevorrow

Written by: Colin Trevorrow, Michael Crichton

Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins

The best posters of Comic-Con 2014

Much of the press from Comic-Con comes in the form of descriptions of moving images. Everyone wants to hear about the footage being shown in the cavernous Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. But there’s so much more to the annual geek culture event, including plenty of great memorabilia releases, a slew of awesome comic art and panels (because what would Comic-Con be without actual comics) and some great film art, as well. Galleries such as Mondo, Bottleneck, Gallery Nucleus and even movie studios bring awesome poster releases to the event every year. To celebrate this explosion of art, we’ve rounded up the best and brightest of Comic-Con 2014’s movie poster selection.

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Each of the Jurassic Park movies has not only had scary dinosaurs terrorizing humans, but a human who is the instigator of all the fun. In the first film, it was Dennis Nedry. If you didn’t say the magic word, he used his computer skills to throw the entire park into chaos. In the second film it was an evil corporation of stooges trying to round up dinosaurs and bring them to San Diego. In the third film it was a couple of yuppies. I don’t quite remember their game, but they almost got our beloved Dr. Alan Grant killed, so they were bad. Jurassic World, the upcoming fourth entry into the series directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), will also need some sort of evil (and/or careless) human element if it’s going to sell us on why humans and dinosaurs need to once again be paired together for any other reason than toy sales. Filling that role is a man who has played bad before, and well: a Mr. Vincent D’Onofrio.

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Very few of us get to hang out with talking raccoons. Or Morgan Freeman. Or Batman. Chris Pratt gets paid to do so. And next year, we’ll all get to experience the fruits of his so-awesome-you-can-hardly-qualify-it-as-labor labor, as both The Lego Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy offer up heaping helpings of that infectiously giggly Chris Pratt humor. Now you can go ahead and add “dinosaurs” to that great big list of reasons to be jealous of Pratt. According to The Wrap, the actor is in talks for the lead role in Jurassic World. Now, these are still very early talks (so much so that The Wrap put the word “very” in italics) – Pratt’s commitment to Parks and Recreation takes up a considerable amount of his schedule, so he’ll only be allowed into Jurassic World if everyone gets the timing right. If Jurassic World knows what’s good for it, though, it’ll take the extra steps necessary to ensure Pratt comes on board. Man cannot live by dinosaurs alone- the folks being chased by prehistoric beasts are just as important as the beasts doing the chasing. And while Josh Brolin (who was originally in talks for the role, but has apparently dropped out) would bring a certain goateed charm to the film, it’s hard to deny that Chris Pratt and dinosaurs are a match made in heaven. Irrfan Khan is also in talks for a role; he must still be irked that his “eaten by a giant lizard” scene was […]

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Nick Robinson

Like a herd of startled brachiosaurus, casting announcements for Jurassic World continue to stampede in, and the latest actor to hitch a ride to this dinosaur train is Nick Robinson. The star of this year’s The Kings of Summer and the ABC Family sitcom Melissa and Joey, Robinson will be playing the older brother of yesterday’s addition, Ty Simpkins. This newest piece of news (which we’ve got thanks to Variety) seems to confirm that the central characters of Jurassic World might be one big happy dinosaur-bitten family. Throw Bryce Dallas Howard into the mix as a potential mom and the rumored Jake Johnson as a potential dad and things really start to take shape. Though we don’t know anything for certain about the plot of Jurassic World, the (I’m assuming) family dynamic seems to tie in with the biggest story rumor so far – that the film will see a Jurassic World that’s up and running and very successful, and it’s during a run-of-the-mill day at the park that the dinosaurs decide to start snacking on tourists. We’ve still got a ways to go before Jurassic World hits theaters (the film is set for a June 12, 2015 release date), but at least we can be satisfied knowing that the film is coming together, being cast and will most definitely not be sinking back into the development hell from whence it came.

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The world needs more dinosaur movies. But in order to have more dinosaur movies, we need actors to be chased around and occasionally eaten by dinosaurs. So let us all give heartfelt thanks to Ty Simpkins, the young thespian who has graciously (according to Deadline) volunteered to put himself in dinosaur-shaped harm’s way in Jurassic World. Of course, the dinosaurs aren’t real. And it’s not particularly likely that a Jurassic World will end with its lead child actor mauled to pieces by prehistoric beasts. Also, starring in Jurassic World is likely to give Simpkins’ career a generous boost, so it’s not really so selfless a gesture to begin with. And for an actor who’s only twelve years old, Simpkins already has a terrifyingly great filmography going. Starting off with War of the Worlds and Revolutionary Road, audiences might know him better as either the kid from the Insidious movies or the kid who snarkily back-and-forthed with Tony Stark in Iron Man 3. The latter definitely ups my anticipation of Jurassic World – Simpkins had real chemistry with Robert Downey Jr., and one can assume he’ll have the same chemistry with the 40-foot reptiles trying to consume him for sustenance. Plus, this news seems to imply that Jurassic World will continue the trend of a vague family unit at the heart of a Jurassic Park film. For all we know, the not-confirmed-but-still-likely-to-star Bryce Dallas Howard might be a part of that same family unit.

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Jurassic World Logo

Jurassic Park IV is now officially Jurassic World (which I assume will be a movie version of all the books adapted at once), and it’s firmly nestled in the overcrowded bosom of 2015. It’s an ambitious title because it evokes a global terror that could be World War Z with dinosaurs, and that’s a hell of a promise to make to fans, but here’s one way to deliver right out the gate. Per Movies.com, Iain McCaig made this concept video for a videogame with the same name, but with the high-dollar CGI treatment, it could make for an excellent opening sequence to the new film. It feels a little weird to say it, but this video does for the ocean what Jaws did for the ocean. But with Pterodactyls.

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Jurassic Park 4

For some time, the very thought of another entry into the Jurassic Park franchise has seemed like a minor joke being played upon fans. At one point, there was a notion that it would be about weaponizing dinosaurs with lasers. Or something along those lines. In recent years the project has been everything from a few little tidbits from Steven Spielberg to the actual hiring of screenwriters in the middle of last year. But that was so June 2012, they can’t possibly still be working on Jurassic Park 4, can they? They are. And as of today the project has signed on a very interesting choice to direct.

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Jurassic Park Hugs

Universal Pictures has just announced that their Jurassic Park IV will hit theaters on June 13, 2014. And, yup, that’s pretty much it. Beyond that, we only know that Steven Spielberg will produce, it will likely be in 3D, and it (may possibly?) come with a script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. That’s right, there’s no word on plot details, who could star in it (or even what sort of roles they are looking to cast), and who will direct it. The summer of 2014 is already shaping up to include a monster (very sequel-heavy) lineup, with May seeing the release of The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, that new Godzilla, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; June featuring both How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Transformers 4; with July set to feature both The Hobbit: There and Back Again and X-Men: Days of Future Past; and August already slated for that Guardians of the Galaxy opening. Geez, save your movie-going dollars now, people. This has been Friday news. [Universal Pictures]

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The past couple years have been a rocky road for Universal Studios. Long strings of costly box office flops like The Wolfman, Cowboys and Aliens, and Your Highness have not been completely balanced by their hits. Even this year, the success of The Lorax and Snow White and the Huntsman don’t completely wipe out the red numbers on the books from Wanderlust, The Five-Year Engagement, and most recently Battleship. Oddly enough, their DVD and Blu-ray releases of catalogue titles have been causing the most buzz. The studio’s 100th Anniversary Blu-ray releases of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial and Jaws are making as much noise as their releases of Back to the Future and Jurassic Park box sets. Plus, Jurassic Park is getting a high profile re-release in 3D next summer. It only makes sense that the studio goes back to these popular franchises for a new hit. Deadline Isla Nublar is reporting that Universal has found writers for the long-awaited Jurassic Park 4. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who are best known for penning last summer’s prequel hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its upcoming sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, will be tackling the script for the high-profile dinosaur adventure.

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In an interview with Empire Online, legendary director Steven Spielberg talked about the development of future sequels for two of the biggest properties he has ever launched, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones. While both of these franchises are huge name brands, and future sequels will probably rake in boatloads of cash no matter what, they’ve also both had some less than stellar installments already. So, artistically, if Spielberg is going to get us movie geeks to buy into the fact that more movies in these series are necessary, he’s got some explaining to do. Spielberg seems to readily admit that Jurassic Park 3 was a B-level film unworthy of carrying his weighty name in its credits, because he comes right out and assures us that a fourth installment won’t resemble that film in any way. He said, “The screenplay is being written right now by Mark Protosevich. I’m hoping that will come out in the next couple of years. We have a good story. We have a better story for four than we had for three…” Protosevich has been the writer on films like Thor, I am Legend, and the remake of Poseidon, so probably you can judge how much you trust Spielberg to get his story told correctly based on how you feel about those films.

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column dedicated to links. These links will take you places. Mostly to great articles with topics rooted in the entertainment industry. Sometimes to shenanigans. You just never know. Especially if you don’t read before clicking. Comic-Con begins this week, and as you might expect, our team will be there to bring you all the play-by-play. If you’re around the San Diego Convention Center this coming weekend, keep an eye out for the Rejects. Also, you should read this 25 easy rules of Comic-Con etiquette over at io9. We will adhere to at least 10 of these. We promise.

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Sure, the rides were a little bumpy, and there weren’t always dinosaurs visible in the dinosaur park, but Jurassic Park was always fun for the whole family. If you’re like me, Jurassic Park was the film that changed the game for you. A large scale spectacle done right with just the right amount of heart (No Tim!!!) and the right amount of completely forgivable cheesiness. The sequels headed down the Slide of Diminished Returns (a ride at the park they shut down due to lawsuits), but maybe starting fresh is exactly what the franchise could use. That might be what it’s getting, because The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Steven Spielberg has been having meetings with writer Mark Protosevich to toss around ideas on how to make Jurassic Park 4 a reality.

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The last time we were talking about a fourth Jurassic Park movie, we were all excited about its ridiculous premise. And now its dead… Insert sad face here.

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