Jurassic World: What We Know So Far About Jurassic Park 4

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Get ready to feel old. Twenty-four years have passed since Michael Crichton published his bestselling novel, Jurassic Park. Steven Spielberg’s 1993 adaptation of Crichton’s book recently celebrated its 20th anniversary with a 3D re-release. And the last time you were able to see a Jurassic Park movie in theaters before that was 2001.

That all changes next year, though, when Universal brings the mighty dinosaurs of the Jurassic franchise back to life for a new installment in the ongoing series. Expect a lot of changes on screen, however, for Jurassic Park 4. Very few original players from the initial franchise are coming back, as far as we know. The pieces are starting to fall into place on the fourth movie, titled Jurassic World, so we figured we would dig into the sequel and fill you in on all of the latest details. We’ve done this in the past for wildly anticipated movies like Batman vs. Superman, Star Wars: Episode VII and, most recently, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

For now, let’s extract DNA from the frozen specimens of Jurassic World news and tell you what we know so far.

Release Date
As far back as 2009, we were running stories about a fourth Jurassic movie, even as the sequel toiled away in development hell. Steven Spielberg had the sequel on his calendar. Park III director Joe Johnston had real ideas about where he wanted the series to go. The sequel, as we know it, finally got fast-tracked – for real – in January 2013, when the studio said the wheels were turning toward a release. We entertained a 2014 date, but Universally officially circled June 12, 2015, and that date – so far – has stuck.

The Director
Spielberg never planned to come back. When Johnston passed on the opportunity to once again helm a dinosaur thriller, Universal started fishing for worthy replacements. They landed on Colin Trevorrow, a relative newcomer who made a name for himself (to a certain extent) with the shaggy-dog time travel romance Safety Not Guaranteed, with Aubrey Plaza, Jake Johnson and Mark Duplass. I say "to a certain extent" because while Safety charmed the film-festival circuit, it didn’t necessarily turn Trevorrow into a household name. Jurassic World still needed star power.

Chris Pratt
Jurassic Park had Sam Neill (who returned for part three). The Lost World had Jeff Goldblum. Trevorrow needed a rugged leading man for Jurassic World. He finally settled on the busiest man in show business at the moment, Parks and Rec co-star Chris Pratt. The charismatic young actor is coming off turns in Zero Dark Thirty and The Delivery Man opposite Vince Vaughn. But audiences also know him, now, as the voice of Emmet in the massively successful The LEGO Movie, and he’s poised to blow up as the star (and Star-Lord) of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. Pratt’s basically on fire right now, and his role in Jurassic World can only heat his white-hot career even further.
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