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‘Jurassic Park 4′ to be called ‘Jurassic World’; ‘Pirates 5′ pushed back

- September 11th, 2013

Variety is reporting that Jurassic Park 4 has been given an official release date of June 12, 2015.

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The film was originally set to open in 2014, but that date was pushed back so that director Colin Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly could polish the original script by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Production was also delayed so that Steven Spielberg could share his input on the new film as well.

Bryce Dallas Howard, David Oyelowo and Garrett Hedlund are being eyed as possible leads in the new instalment. Stars of the original film Richard Attenborough and Jeff Goldblum may also return to their parts as John Hammond and Dr Ian Malcolm

Plot details have not been officially announced, but JoBlo has previously reported that Jurassic World will be set in present day Isla Nublar (the island from the first film) and could feature aquatic dinosaurs.

And on the same day as this cool Jurassic news, Disney has announced it is pulling Pirates of the Caribbean 5 off its summer 2015 schedule and moving up Marvel’s Ant-Man to July 31, 2015.

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Ant-Man, directed by Edgar Wright, will be the first film in Marvel’s Phase Three superhero series.

The next Pirates film – Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales – was slated for release July 10, 2015. It now looks more likely that it will open in May 2016.

According to Variety the film is being tweaked and will go before cameras in the fall of 2014.

Kon-Tiki helmers Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg will direct.

I think this is good news for Johnny Depp. Summer 2015 will be crowded with blockbusters – Avengers: Age of Ultron, Terminator 5 and Man of Steel 2 are all set to open in the summer months, with Star Wars: Episode VII also possible – and Johnny is in desperate need of a hit following a string of recent failures.

Johnny Depp heading back to ‘Wonderland’

- July 16th, 2013

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It looks like Johnny Depp is shrugging off his latest box-office bomb to reprise his role as the Mad Hatter in Alice In Wonderland 2. Hey, when all else fails, do a sequel!

Deadline is reporting that Depp will return for a sequel to 2010′s Alice in Wonderland. The film was a massive hit for Disney grossing $1 billion worldwide.

But Tim Burton – the original film’s director and frequent Depp collaborator – will not be back for the followup. James Bobin (who was behind the Muppets reboot) will helm the new feature.

Obviously, Depp could use a hit. Following disappointing returns for The Lone Ranger, Dark Shadows, The Tourist and The Rum Diary, the actor is riding an unusually long cold streak.

Next up for Depp is the sci-fi thriller Transcendence under Wally Pfister and Pirates Of The Caribbean 5 with Kon-Tiki filmmakers Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg.

What do you think? Is Depp’s career in trouble? Let us know if Johnny’s not so hot anymore in the comments.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5′ gets a release date

- January 15th, 2013

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If you like Johnny Depp best when he’s sporting eye makeup and cracking wise at the camera, you’re in luck. Disney has announced that a fifth instalment of its Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will be hitting theatres July 15, 2015.

It will mark Disney’s second big film coming out that year. Star Wars: Episode VII is also skedded for 2015.

Johnny had a bit of a rough ride in 2012 with his Tim Burton collab Dark Shadows failing to get the Depp faithful out to the theatres. His next film, The Lone Ranger, reunites him with Pirates director Gore Verbinski.

A director for Pirates 5 has yet to be announced, but the film will be penned by Jeff Nathanson, who helped give the world Speed 2: Cruise Control.

If you’re tastes are more of the Muppets variety, Disney has also confirmed that The Muppets 2 featuring Ricky Gervais and Ty Burrell will hit screens March 21, 2014.

M:I 4 director Brad Bird will also be back in 2014 with his sci-fi film 1952. Bird, who many thought was in the running for Star Wars 7, revealed he was working on his next film with Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof on Twitter last year. The film, which is shrouded in secrecy, will star George Clooney and be released Dec. 19, 2014.

So, are you happy Depp is saddling up for another go as Captain Jack Sparrow, or should he move on? Let us know in the comments.