'Jurassic Park 4' Titled 'Jurassic World,' Set for June 2015

Wednesday, 11 September 2013 06:11 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Jurassic Park 4' Titled 'Jurassic World,' Set for June 2015

The water in a little cup on the internet's dashboard just rippled as Jurassic Park IV, now officially titled Jurassic World, approaches.

For some months, the sequel has been moving ahead without a release date, but now Universal Pictures has declared that the next Jurassic Park will hit theaters in 3D on June 12, 2015.

So, as rumored, Jurassic World will indeed be a part of the much-ballyhooed summer of 2015, which also sees the would-be blockbuster sequels to Avengers, Man of Steel, Terminator, and SmurfsJurassic World has the June 12th date all to itself for the time being, but that will doubtless change over the next year or so.  A week after debuting, it will face competition from Pixar's Inside Out and the Michael Fassbender-led videogame movie Assassin's Creed.

Even more interesting than Universal staking out a date for the sequel, though, is that title.  After twenty years and two sequels that were both sub-par riffs on Steven Spielberg's 1993 hit, Jurassic World makes a bold claim, implicitly promising a bigger, more ambitious scale worthy of the rampaging digital beasts themselves.  Basically, it's a damn good title for a sequel.

And we might already know what it really means.  Months ago, director Colin Trevorrow revealed via scouting pictures that the fourth entry in this series would return to Isla Nublar, the setting of the Jurassic ParkAccording to a rumor that landed in June, the sequel's story finds Richard Hammond's vision fulfilled, with the island containing a fully functioning dinosaur amusement park that brings in ten million visitors every yearJurassic World sounds like the name of that park, a nice play on Disney World and Sea World.

Or maybe it just means that the dinosaurs will be rampaging all around the world this time.

Trevorrow made his feature directorial debut with last year's excellent Safety Not Guaranteed (available streaming on Netflix Instant).  As per Universal's announcement, Jurassic World is written by Trevorrow and that film's screenwriter, Derek Connolly.  Early drafts were done by Rise of the Planet of the Apes duo Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa.

Up until May, Universal was zipping along towards a planned 2014 release when the studio suddenly pumped the brakes.  The extra year certainly increased the chances of Jurassic World being a worthy successor to Spielberg's crowd-pleasing adaptation of the Michael Crichton bestseller, and is a change of pace from the usual all-important-release-date approach.

Spielberg is producing along with Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley.

With Jurassic World set for June 12, 2015, we ought to star hearing about casting in the coming months as production approaches.  About a month ago, a still-unconfirmed rumor suggested that erstwhile The Office star John Krasinski might wrangle some muzzled dinosaurs in the sequel.  It was probably just a rumor, but it's something to think about.

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