The Terminator franchise isn’t the only franchise being rebooted in 2015. Next year we’ll be returning to Jurassic Park, but it’s had a bit of makeover. For starters, the fourth instalment is called Jurassic World. In this film, Isla Nublar is now a fully functional theme park called, well, Jurassic World. One of the park’s employees starts conducting behavioural research on the site’s Velociraptors while the park launches a new attraction to bring in new visitors, a genetically modified dinosaur. But, this being a movie, it backfires in a big way when it escapes. While the idea is a little passé, the potential of the story is big. How this story is presented is down to one of two ways, one, it follows past Hollywood films and becomes a clichéd mess, or two, they do something different and fresh to a stale story and kick start the Jurassic Park franchise for a new generation.
As stated, Jurassic World has a great cast and for many of them, this their opportunity to make their mark. First up is Vincent D’Onofrio who is an actor you would’ve seen before in past films but never in a big role. His most notable roles have been in films like Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black and most recently The Judge. Jurassic World has Vincent playing the CFO of the Masrani Corporation (who now own the park) and the corporate villain of the film. The other corporate villain is Masrani himself played Irrfan Khan.
Directing Jurassic World is Colin Trevorrow, who directed 2012 indie flick Safety Not Guaranteed. Safety Not Guaranteed, for those who haven’t see it, is a great surprise of a gem. Beautifully shot, has an interesting message about life and is written brilliantly, so brilliantly that the writer of the film, Derek Connolly, was bought on by Colin to write the script for Jurassic World with Colin. Safety Not Guaranteed starred Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson, so it’s obvious that Johnson built a good relationship with Colin that could now inject new life into his career, but you do have to feel sorry Aubrey and Mark.
Unless you have been following the whole story of Jurassic World, you may be surprised that this isn’t the first time Universal has wanted to make a fourth Jurassic Park. In fact, this fourth installment has been stuck in “development hell” for nearly 14 YEARS! Questions of a fourth film started in early 2001 when Joe Johnston, director of Jurassic Park III, stated that Steven Spielberg was working on a story idea that would take the mythology of the series to a new level. In 2002, Spielberg himself confirmed that there would be a fourth film coming out with a summer 2005 release date. After many years, many redrafts, which included a leaked script, and many casting rumours including Keira Knightley, Jeremy Piven and Emmy Rossum, the film was put on hold, with Joe Johnston and Jack Horner working on another draft. The idea was to have the film start production by the time Spielberg had finished with Indiana Jones 4, but there was still script problems and problems locking down actors for the film, which carried on for many more years. Finally in 2013 we started hearing very good news. Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly were signed onto the project to kick start the franchise into a new direction, actors were getting confirmed for the film and another release date was being announced. Then, mercifully, in April 2014, fans heard the sweetest of words. Jurassic World was in production. Since then we’ve had a few pictures, character descriptions and concept art released. It’s been a long journey but what started over 14 years ago will finally come to fruition next summer.
So, will Jurassic World be the catalyst to reboot the Jurassic Park franchise and introduce a new generation of kids that become scared of dinosaurs? Yes. I have great faith in Colin and Derek to have written a great script after so many years of development and being passed around so many people, faith in the cast and what they could accomplish and faith in bringing something new and familiar back to the cinema at the same time. I will be honest, I’m not the biggest Jurassic Park fan but I did have respect for the film. After looking closer at Jurassic World, I’m really excited for the film and think it could be one of the best film experiences of 2015.