Development of Jurassic World
Jurassic World is an upcoming American science fiction adventure film that will be the fourth entry in the Jurassic Park film series. The film was originally scheduled to be released on June 13, 2014, but it has re-entered development with a release date set for summer 2015. It will be directed by Colin Trevorrow and produced by Patrick Crowley and Frank Marshall. Derek Connolly and Trevorrow will write the script. A plot synopsis has not been confirmed.
Since the release of the third Jurassic Park film in 2001, speculation on the fourth film has abounded. Progress on the film endured what has been termed "development hell" for more than a decade, with innumerable rumors regarding casting, plot, and directing having been put forward from varying sources. In early 2013, official announcements confirming a concrete release date and director for Jurassic Park 4 were conclusively made by Universal Pictures. It was confirmed by Colin Trevorrow that the film will feature Isla Nublar, the island from the first film and that it will take place 22 years after the original film.
On September 10, 2013, it was confirmed that Universal Pictures will release the film, retitled Jurassic World, on June 12, 2015.
Since February 2013, speculation has been circulating that Jurassic Park 4 will begin film production at Baton Rouge's Raleigh Studios in April 2013. In late February, producer Frank Marshall, in response to a fan's inquiry about the rumor, tweeted that "no decisions have been made regarding where we are shooting."
In March, it was revealed that Universal Studios has rented the studio for use between April and November for the filming of an as-yet undisclosed film which is believed to be Jurassic Park 4.
On March 20, Trevorrow stated that there will be no feathers on the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park 4. In April 2013, Jack Horner suggested that a new dinosaur described as "terrifying" will also appear in the upcoming movie. Dinosaur enthusiasts and fans of the franchise commonly believe that it will be a dinosaur that was rather unknown yet will be made into a household name, just as the original Jurassic Park film did with velociraptors at the time, or how Jurassic Park 3 did it with the Spinosaurus. Because of this, it is likely that the star will be obscure and exaggerated, just like the velociraptor was before the release of the first film. Many have come to the conclusion that the new star will be something even more terrifying than a Tyrannosaurus rex, such as, for instance, Giganotosaurus, or something small and rather disturbing, like Jeholopterus.
According to a newsletter from USA Production, Jurassic Park IV is stated to start filming in July 2013 in Baton Rouge, LA and Kauai, Hawaii, confirming previous rumors. On May 2, 2013, Trevorrow tweeted "Nublar" with a picture of Kauai taken during location scouting, confirming a return to Isla Nublar. According to Trevorrow, production is on hold, and the movie release date was pushed to 2015. Casting began in September 2013 with Bryce Dallas Howard and (according to many rumors) Josh Brolin and David Oyelowo. In October 2013, Ty Simpkins was officially the first actor cast in the movie; news soon surfaced a few days later that Nick Robinson was being cast as the brother of Simpkins' character. On November 6, 2013, Bryce Dallas Howard confirmed that she would be starring in Jurassic World. The next day, reports surfaced that Josh Brolin would not be in Jurassic World, having dropped out of talks for the role of a character named "Owen." On November 13, 2013, it was announced that Chris Pratt and Irrfan Khan were both in talks for roles; Pratt would be playing the male lead that Josh Brolin dropped out of the running for, a "rugged, ex-military man named Owen whose foil is the already cast Bryce Dallas Howard." Khan's role was unspecified, other than that it was a supporting role to Pratt's role. Soon after this announcement, rumors surfaced that B.D. Wong would be reprising his role as Henry Wu. Responding to a fan's question on Twitter, "What happened to Henry Wu after Jurassic Park?" Wong replied, "Who knows? Stay tuned..."
2002–07: Early speculation
In June 2002, director Steven Spielberg told Starlog magazine that he planned to produce Jurassic Park 4 and that director Joe Johnston, who helmed Jurassic Park III, would direct. In November 2002, screenwriter William Monahan was hired to write, with the film's release slated for summer 2005. In July 2003, Monahan completed the first draft, with the story no longer set in the jungle. Actor Sam Neill said he was returning as Dr. Alan Grant, with filming expected to begin in 2004 in California and Hawaii. In September 2004, screenwriter John Sayles was re-writing the script, with the film re-slated for a winter 2005 release.
In October 2004, paleontologist Jack Horner said he would return as technical adviser for the fourth film as he had done for previous Jurassic Park films. By April 2005, special effects artist Stan Winston explained that the delay in production was due to repeated revisions of the film's script, none of which satisfied Spielberg. According to Winston, "He felt neither of [the drafts] balanced the science and adventure elements effectively. It's a tough compromise to reach, as too much science will make the movie too talky, but too much adventure will make it seem hollow." In March 2007, Laura Dern was asked to return for the new film, which Universal still wanted to release by 2008. Director Joe Johnston was also reported not to be directing the film. Richard Attenborough has been contacted about reprising the role of John Hammond. Jeff Goldblum had expressed some interest in reprising his role of Ian Malcolm for the fourth film.
2008–10: Conflicting rumors of development
In December 2008, Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy were asked if there was any development on the sequel. Kennedy responded, "No... I don't know. You know, when Michael Crichton passed away, I sorta felt maybe that's it. Maybe that's a sign that we don't mess with it." While Marshall and Kennedy were no longer signed with Universal Pictures in a production capacity, it was said that the two would remain involved with the studio and its plans for Jurassic Park 4. In November 2009, Joe Johnston discussed the possibility of Jurassic Park 4, stating that the story for the film is completely different from that of its predecessors and would take the franchise into a whole other trilogy. In a January 2010 interview, Johnston reiterated that Jurassic Park 4 was set to be the beginning of a second Jurassic Park trilogy. He also added, “Jurassic Park IV is going to be unlike anything you’ve seen.”
2011–12: Further progression and rumors
On June 15, 2011 it was reported that Steven Spielberg has been brainstorming with writer Mark Protosevich on a film that happens to be the fourth film in the franchise. It is unclear whether it is a reboot or the fourth installment of the original series. During a new interview with Joe Johnston in July 2011, he stated that Jurassic Park 4 was being discussed and would be a spin-off of the history of the first trilogy.
At the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, Spielberg confirmed in front of at least 6,000 spectators that preparations for Jurassic Park 4 were in progress, with a story ready and a script being written. Spielberg said that it would be possibly released "within the next two or three years", with a representative from Universal saying 2013 would be the preferred deadline for completion. On October 26, 2011, Spielberg said that the script was being written by Mark Protosevich, and that he hoped for it to be released "in the next couple of years" and that he felt the story they were working on was stronger than that of Jurassic Park III.
In January 2012, Spielberg announced that he would not be directing the film, opting instead to be a producer. On June 21, it was confirmed that Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver would be scripting Jurassic Park 4. Whether they will be continuing Mark Protosevich's script or creating a completely new script is unknown. On July 2, 2012, Frank Marshall responded to a question on Twitter which further confirmed that he would be producing Jurassic Park 4.
2013: Conclusive confirmation of production details
On January 11, 2013, Universal confirmed that Jurassic Park 4 is scheduled for release on June 13, 2014. In February, it was reported that Kathleen Kennedy will not be producing the film in favor of focusing on Star Wars Episode VII for 2015. On March 14, it was officially announced that Colin Trevorrow will direct the film; he had been attached as early as June 2012. In early April 2013, Jack Horner announced that a new dinosaur would rise to infamy as the villain of Jurassic Park 4, saying, "I can't actually tell you who that will be… But you'll want to keep the lights on after you see this movie." This has spawned many speculations from fans of what the creature will be, including Allosaurus, Giganotosaurus, Jeholopterus, or an aquatic creature such as Tylosaurus or even Liopleurodon. Horner will serve as consultant for the new film.
On April 12, 2013 it was officially announced that filming would begin in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Kauai. Multiple sources close to Jurassic Park 4 told The Hollywood Reporter that initially, producer Frank Marshall and production crews were aiming to start filming on June 24, 2013 with the script, originally written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, being re-worked by director Colin Trevorrow and Safety Not Guaranteed writer Derek Connolly. According to sources, Trevorrow and Connolly had been working on the script re-works for some time now, while living in Hawaii. The studio however, only received their draft of the script on March 6, 2013. The changes to the script were much more "epic and ambitious than what the Studio was planning for", rendering a June 13, 2014 release date impossible. On May 8, 2013, it was announced that the release date had been pushed back, but that the studio still had Trevorrow as director and Bryce Dallas Howard and David Oyelowo were Universal's front-runners to star in Jurassic Park 4.
Actor Sam Neill, who portrayed Dr. Alan Grant in the previous Jurassic Park films, had stated that the new Jurassic Park may be a reboot, "It's a total re-jig," in his own words, though the meaning of his words are up to interpretation. On June 1, 2013, a fan tweeted director Colin Trevorrow, concerned about the development of the project, Trevorrow tweeted back "No, (Jurassic Park 4 is) very much alive. We're writing and designing. More news coming soon." On June 18, 2013, a teaser banner was revealed at Licensing Expo 2013 that boasted a 2015 release. Actor Wayne Knight, who played Dennis Nedry in the first Jurassic Park movie, spoke to journalists at Comic-Con about how his character could still fit into the picture; "It was a very big meal and a very small dinosaur" he said when asked about appearing in the upcoming flick. He says "I'm thinking why not play a one-armed guy with an eye patch, I could come back!" On August 15 2013, John Krasinski was purported to be in talks for a role in the film as a dinosaur tamer. 
On September 10, 2013, Universal Pictures confirmed that the film would be titled Jurassic World and would be released on June 12, 2015. On September 26, 2013, it was reported that Bryce Dallas Howard may be starring in the film. On October 1st, rumors developed that Jeff Goldblum may reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm from the previous Jurassic Park films when the actor neither confirmed nor debunked the possibility of his involvement during an interview with Financial Times. On the same month, October 14, 2013, Deadline reported that Ty Simpkins was cast in the lead and Jake Johnson is being considered for a role. A day later The Hollywood Reporter reported that Nick Robinson was cast as Simpkin's older brother. On October 18, 2013, Variety reported that Josh Brolin was in talks for lead role. On November 5, 2013, actor Jason Schwartzman was reported to also be in talks on joining the film and that same day, Schmoes Know reports that Brolin has dropped out of the film. On November 13, 2013, actor Chris Pratt is in talks for the lead role.
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