As one tentpole, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” moves out of the summer 2015, one moves in to replace it. Though it was previously known by its tentative title, “Jurassic Park 4,” when we return to the dinosaur-infested isle on June 12, 2015, the movie will be called “Jurassic World.”
The press release from Universal finally solidified the release, which had been previously up in the air after since-deleted tweets from two crew members mentioned production shutting down. Then there were the rumors about what the story may or may not be, all amounting to us not knowing much for certain about “Jurassic World.”
But with a title and a summer 2015 release date set, let’s take a look back at what we do know for certain about “Jurassic World.”
Lots of names were tossed about for the job of directing the fourth “Jurassic Park,” but few expected an indie breakout like Colin Trevorrow to end up with the job. But “JP4″ wasn’t the first blockbuster franchise that the filmmaker had been associated with. Just months after his small-budget sci-fi-themed comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed” premiered at Sundance, the 36-year-old director’s name was being mentioned as a potential candidate for the “Star Wars: Episode VII” job, after George Lucas reportedly fell in love with “Safety Not Guaranteed.”
Well, we can’t tell you for sure what it’s about, but we can tell you who wrote it. There was an original draft written by the team behind “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, but that was rewritten by Trevorrow and his “Safety Not Guaranteed” writer Derek Connolly when the director signed on.
The best clue about the plot comes from details that originated on the movie site JoBlo, which claimed that action would return to Isla Nublar, the location of the first film, and would involve some “tamed” and “muzzled” dinosaurs. Trevorrow responded to those rumors, advising fans to remain skeptical of Internet chatter, but he also confirmed a return to Nublar with a tweet from a location scout.
Then it all came to a screeching halt — for a few months at least. Back in May, two crew members tweeted (then deleted) remarks about production being postponed indefinitely. By the time Trevorrow signed on, the planned June 13, 2014 release date already seemed like a hard target to hit, so when it appeared that Universal planned on pushing back the release, it wasn’t an enormous surprise. And now, four months later and with a new release date, our trip back to the island is back on schedule.