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Chris Pratt in talks for ‘Jurassic World’

- November 13th, 2013
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Parks & Recreation star Chris Pratt. REUTERS FILE

Buh bye, Josh Brolin, hello Chris Pratt.

After multiple reports that Brolin was being eyed for the male lead in Jurassic World, the fourth instalment of the Jurassic Park movie series, Variety is now reporting that Chris Pratt is in talks to star.

Talks with Brolin didn’t extend far beyond the preliminary stages, but if he accepts, Pratt will be playing an ex-military man in the 3D sequel, which is due out June 12, 2015.

Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson are also lined up for the new film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg, who is exec producing, are working closely to choose the actors for the movie.

Plot details are scarce, but a report on JoBlo revealed that Jurassic World could be set in present day Isla Nublar (the island from the first film) and could feature aquatic dinosaurs.

Pratt, already a well-known commodity from TV’s Parks & Recreation, will be getting a huge push next summer courtesy of his leading role as Star-Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

Jurassic World could tip him all the way into the A-list club.

Josh Brolin eyed for ‘Jurassic World’ lead

- October 19th, 2013

He may have missed out on the opportunity to play Batman in DC’s Man of Steel 2, but it seems Josh Brolin might be set to join Jurassic World.

According to Deadline, the Oscar nominee is being considered to star in the 3D sequel, which is due out June 12, 2015.

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Josh Brolin. REUTERS FILE

The upcoming fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park franchise will be directed by Colin Trevorrow, who is working from a script originally written by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.

So far, Ty Simpkins and Bryce Dallas Howard have been cast in the new film.

Plot details are scarce, but according to JoBlo, Jurassic World will be set in present day Isla Nublar (the island from the first film) and could feature aquatic dinosaurs.

Jurassic World will come 12 years after the third film, and will be facing some stiff competition in the summer of 2015 courtesy of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars Episode VII (this more likely a winter release), Terminator 5, Independence Day 2, and DC’s sequel to Man of Steel.

We will be seeing a lot of Brolin in the coming months. He stars in Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, Spike Lee’s remake of Oldboy (I’m pretty excited for this one), Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice.

‘Jurassic Park 4′ plot details surface

- June 22nd, 2013

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After we got word this week that Jurassic Park 4 will be hitting theatres in 2015 – a year after its previously announced June 13, 2014, opening date – JoBlo is now giving us an idea of what the film might be about (of course, this is all speculation and the synopsis below contains potential spoilers – read at your own peril!).

The fourth instalment of Steven Spielberg’s dino franchise was looking to take a bite out of the box office next summer, but the folks at Universal opted to move the film back a year to polish the script.

Variety reports that Steven Spielberg is working with director Colin Trevorrow to iron out the story, which was written by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. An earlier draft, penned by William Monahan and John Sayles, had been called a “bug—- crazy franchise sequel” when it was reviewed by Ain’t it Cool in 2007.

According to JoBlo, Jurassic Park 4 will be set in present day Isla Nublar (the island from the first film) and could feature aquatic dinosaurs.

“Isla Nublar, is now an actual theme park, as originally intended by John Hammond in the first film. It garners 10 million visitors per year and is completely safe – until it’s not. The park itself is described as very Sea World-esque and includes an area called the Isla Nublar Lagoon. That means underwater dino’s for the first time. No indication of what kind, but there’s concept art showing one of the aquatic dino’s, as part of a show, jumping out of the lagoon and eating a strung up great white shark like it was a fish for a dolphin at sea world.

“As part of a show, you ask? That’s right, folks, this will feature “tamed” dino’s. In fact, our source indicated that the usually menacing Velociraptors (which will finally be muzzled, along with the T-Rex – until they’re not) will actually be used to help fight the threat, which begins in the form of a new dinosaur, not seen in any of the previous films (and not disclosed to us) shows to be much smarter than originally thought and is the main cause of havoc breaking out at the park.”

With the film now set to drop in 2015, Jurassic Park 4, which will be shot in 3D, joins a packed movie schedule that already includes Star Wars: Episode VII, The Avengers 2, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.

Will T. Rex be able to hold his own with that type of competition? Stay tuned.

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‘Gremlins’ reboot in the works?

- January 18th, 2013

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You know you’re old when remakes of films that came out in the ’80s become a yearly occurrence.

Well, following reboots of childhood favourites like Total Recall, Fright Night, Robocop (due next year), Predator and Halloween, among others, Vulture is now reporting that Warner Bros. is looking to bring back 1984′s Gremlins.

The little monsters also appeared in a 1990 sequel with news of a rumoured third film becoming a myth of Goonies 2 proportions. Steven Spielberg produced the originals and would most likely produce the updated version.

No word on whether original director Joe Dante or stars Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates would return for cameos.

What do you think about Gremlins getting rebooted? Should they do it, or just leave the originals (which were great by the way) alone?

Let us know in the comments.

‘Jurassic Park IV’ gets a release date

- January 11th, 2013

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Universal Pictures has announced a fourth instalment in its dinosaur franchise will be hitting theatres June 13, 2014.

The film will be produced by Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two films, and will be shot in 3-D.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the new film has been written by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. An earlier script, penned by William Monahan and John Sayles, had been called a “bug—- crazy franchise sequel” when it was reviewed by Ain’t it Cool in 2007.

A director for Jurassic Park 4 has yet to be named (Joe Johnston helmed No. 3), but it’s unlikely to be Spielberg – he’s tied up with Robopocalypse, which may or may not still be happening (reports earlier this week indicate that his adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s sci-fi book have been shelved).

The original Jurassic Park will be re-released in 3-D on April 5.