Months after it was ominously delayed by Universal to give director Colin Trevorrow more time to "expand his vision" of the film, details regarding Jurassic Park 4, albeit small, are starting to ripple out.
The studio has announced that the fourth film in the franchise will drop the "Park" and instead be named "Jurassic World." It also announced an official release date of June 12, 2015. That puts it squarely in summer competition with two other major releases - the upcoming "Superman vs. Batman" flick and "Avengers: Age of Ultron."
While details as to what Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly have cooked up for this latest dino adventure are officially non-existent, rumors have been circulating online. The latest says the film will take place on Isla Nublar, the site of the original "Jurassic Park," with John Hammond's dream of a fully functioning dinosaur attraction having been realized. There's also supposedly a scary new big bad.
"The park itself is described as very Sea World-esque and includes an area called the Isla Nublar Lagoon," reports the site JoBlo, quoting what they deem a reliable source. "That means underwater dino's for the first time. No indication of what kind, but there's concept art showing one of the aquatic dino's, as part of a show, jumping out of the lagoon and eating a strung up great white shark like it was a fish for a dolphin at sea world."
Apparently, as one would expect, everything goes wrong, the dinos escape/revolt, and snack time becomes the thousands of tourists in the park.
Or not. Back in August, Trevorrow broke his silence on the film's development and told listeners of the "Jurassic Cast" podcast not to believe everything they read online.
"I saw some of the rumors on the Internet and I would have all kinds of red flags going off if I heard they were going to muzzle a T. rex," Trevorrow said. "So I would say don't believe everything you read, there are way more insiders on the Internet than there are in real life."
The 36-year-old when on to say that helming this film is a dream come true - and one he wants fans to know he takes quite seriously.
"It's important to make a movie for the fans but I also have to remember that there's a lot of people who just couldn't care less and need me to make a solid case for why the hell there's a 'Jurassic Park 4' in the first place and I want to make a movie for them too," he said. "... This is not a paycheck gig for me and it's not the movie that I'm making so I can make the movies that I really want to make. I actually want to make a kick-ass 'Jurassic Park' movie."
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