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The pieces are falling into place for Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, the fourth installment in Universal’s dino franchise, and the first since 2001’s Jurassic Park III. Lately we have been learning details about who the new dinosaurs will be hunting. Today, we are figuring out where.
The publication Midweek revealed this week that World will be setting up shop on the Hawaiian islands of Oahu and Kauai. Pre-production is underway, according to reports, with the crew expected to arrive in April. They’ll spend four weeks shooting on Oahu, followed by two weeks on Kauai. And you thought Hollywood folk had it rough.
If exteriors are going to be shot on the lush, tropical Hawaiian islands, it sounds like interiors are being saved for Louisiana. The New Orleans Times-Picayune published a story saying that Trevorrow and company and planning to spend a lengthy 11 weeks shooting in the Bayou, starting on June 2. The NOLA piece mentions that New Orleans is expected to be very crowded over the next few months. In addition to Jurassic World, the city is hosting production screws working on: Paramount’s Terminator 5 (with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Emilia Clarke); the Nicholas Sparks romance The Best of Me (with James Marsden); Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart’s comedy Get Hard; and the Fantastic Four reboot, beginning March 24. Though I fully expect director Josh Trank to deny that before day’s end.
The Jurassic franchise has a long history with Hawaii. Steven Spielberg shot the original film and its sequel on Oahu and Kauai. In fact, the initial Jurassic Park infamously endured the winds and rains of Hurricane Iniki as it filmed, relying on Mother Nature for most of the exterior rain scenes in the film.
Poor Newman. Anyway, Joe Johnston returned to Oahu and Molokai to film the third Park, so Trevorrow is continuing a tradition. You might even argue that Universal has a Jurassic infrastructure in place over there. Maybe they can tap several of the original crew members to help keep this sequel on track.
Jurassic World is due in theaters on June 12, 2015. At the moment, it is believed to star Chriss Pratt and Bryce Dallas-Howard, while we have heard rumors about Jason Schwartzman, Idris Elba and this amazing cut out of Jeff Goldblum. Believe what you will.