with Sunny Atwal (idea contributor)
Today’s feature is a special sneak preview of two guaranteed crowd-pleasers that will be hitting your local cinema in the next couple of years. The highly anticipated prehistoric flick Jurassic World – the newest instalment of the Jurassic Park film series is coming out next year. While keeping to the dinosaurs-coming-back-to-life-and-devouring-your-friends format, this new film is said to be a updated rejig in a bid to escape the dreaded ‘curse of the sequel’. A year later, join the red-caped laser-vision totting reporter from the planet Krypton as he squares up against the millionaire behind the wheel of the Batmobile in Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice due for release in 2016. Both films are sure-fire box office winners and look likely to pack out British cinemas upon their release, as their predecessors have already shown. So what is in store for fans of these two action-packed flicks? The Half-Eaten Mind goes into the murky depths of the interwebz to find out more.
Jurassic World is the fourth instalment in the Jurassic Park series, which first stomped onto our screens right back in 1993. The films revolve around a group of scientists who have successfully brought dinosaurs and flying reptiles back from extinction using ancient DNA from a mosquito trapped for millennia in amber. They create a park where the dinosaurs roam free, but death and devastation soon ensue. The previous film in the series, Jurassic Park III was released in 2001. Since then, the filmmakers had endured a ‘development hell’ trying to get Jurassic World past the storyboard stage. Progress was also slowed by infighting between the Jurassic Park writers and Universal Studios. The Jurassic Park franchise is one of Hollywood‘s most successful as well as universally appealing productions. The entire series is said to have grossed $1.9 billion (£1.2 billion) in ticket sales and merchandising since the first film introduced us to beasts from times long gone.
Off the coast of Central America, Isla Nublar, the home of the ill-fated original Jurassic Park is now home to a new and improved version as originally developed by the elderly archaeologist John Hammond (played by the late great Richard Attenborough, father of British wildlife documentary presenter David Attenborough). This new park is owned by a bunch of corporate suits, the Masrani Corporation. While the park is now mishap-free, with no Tyrannosaurus Rex devouring unfortunates hiding in toilet cubicles or Velociraptors rampaging in the Park’s kitchens, visitor numbers have declined. Faced with falling ticket sales, the Masrani scientists head back to the genetic drawing board to create a primordial attraction that will change the fortunes of the world’s strangest wildlife park. Their efforts at playing prehistoric God however create an attraction that becomes famous…for bloodthirsty reasons. For those interested in the small details, a recently released Jurassic World leaflet describing the park’s attractions was tweeted by a fan. There is a bamboo forest, a golf course, the original research laboratory, a gentle giants petting zoo for younger visitors, an interactive ride with a gyrosphere, an underwater observatory and a ‘Cretaceous Cruise’ where you do not just walk with dinosaurs, you paddle with them, while witnessing 100 species of prehistoric life.
The film features a variety of new names and is also the second not to be directed by eminent director Steven Spielberg, although he will sit in the producer’s chair. New director Colin Trevorrow has also signed on Irrfan Khan of Salaam Bombay! and Life of Pi fame, the first Bollywood actor from India to ever appear in a Jurassic Park franchise. The film is said to be a complete reboot of the original storyline, and that apparently there will be no feathered dinosaurs appearing. Fans of the movies need not be disappointed though, as despite the brand-new storyline, the traditional elements of the Park will still remain, so expect plenty of crashed jeeps, footprints, rustling vegetation, glass-eyed and fearsome dinosaurs and people getting dined on. Lead actor Chris Pratt also reassured fans on the movie’s semi-official website saying that the film was safe in the hands of Trevorrow and that it would “knock your socks off“. As to what the mysterious and lethal attraction will be in Jurassic World, lips are sealed but one insider said that filmgoers will “want to keep the lights on after you see this movie“. Fans’ appetites are already whetted as the publicity hype for Jurassic World starts warming up with the release of official poster work at the recent Comic-Con convention held recently, and the trailer to be released during the 2015 Superbowl in the United States. A special Jurassic World attractions map and a multilingual visitor’s leaflet with adverts by American Airlines also made an appearance. The director also got in on the hype by tweeting a picture of a film-branded clapboard nestled in between the fearsome jaws of what appears to be a ‘T-Rex’. Trevorrow simply titled it ‘Wrap’. It is believed much of the movie will be filmed in the tropical paradise of Hawai’i, famed for its dense and primeval jungles. Four months of filming is now wrapped out and Jurassic World is now in the post-production stages. The film is due for release on the 12th June, 2015.
|Directed by||Colin Trevorrow|
|Produced by||Patrick Crowley
|Screenplay by||Colin Trevorrow
|Story by||Rick Jaffa
|Based on||Characters and Jurassic Park
by Michael Crichton
|Starring||Chris Pratt (Owen)
Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire)
Jake Johnson (Lowery)
Nick Robinson (Zach)
Ty Simpkins (Gray)
BD Wong (Dr. Henry Wu)
Irrfan Khan (Dr. Rajesh Masrani, owner of Jurassic World)
|Music by||Michael Giacchino|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
While we headed 65-plus million years in to the past with Jurassic World, now take a journey into the not too distant future as Superman takes on his rival superhero Batman in Batman v Superman – Dawn of Justice. These two will meet in a monumental clash in a film where even their respective logos will be fused together, as they tussle for supremacy in the mean streets of Metropolis and Gotham City. While both are from the DC Comics stable, this is the first time Batman and Superman have gone head-to-head and is certain to make life and arguments tough as their fans are forced to take sides in this epic clash of the comic world’s favourite protagonists. Dawn of Justice is the intended sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel and the second instalment in the DC Cinematic Universe. It is being directed by Zack Snyder and the screenplay was written by Chris Terrio. The cast includes Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck,Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, and Holly Hunter. Ben Affleck stars as the titular Batman while Henry Cavill will be effortlessly switching between meek reported Clark Kent and his red-caped alter ego. Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot will also make her first appearance on the silver screen. The film was announced at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con International, shortly after the release of Man of Steel.
At this early stage, little is being disclosed of the plot, but what is known is that Batman’s suit will shed the armour seen in previous films and return to the cloth material that swaddled the Caped Crusader in the Sixties (with a second armoured suit on standby though). Superman’s costume will be updated and tweaked, but the exact designs are currently top secret. Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor, the megalomaniac bent on destroying both Superman and the world in the original Superman flicks from the Eighties, will still retain his distinctive bald pate, according to IGN news network. Other sources however are claiming that Luthor will have a shock of wavy red hair, as he used to have in the original DC comics.
Filming and pre-production has been in full swing since May this year. A source told fan magazine Batman News that film shooting with Affleck and the Batmobile in attendance has been spotted at a docks terminal, but this is the only eyewitness account as the docks are private property and off-limits to photographers or film hacks hoping for a new scoop on Affleck reprising the Batman role.
“There is filming taking place on a seaside port at night. It seems as if The Batmobile has and will be involved. A chase scene has been filmed that included a lot of stunts. A Batman stunt double was used to film a scene that had Batman standing on the top of a 40+ story crane. Most of this shooting has been stunt double heavy.” – Batman on Film
There is a great air of secrecy around Dawn of Justice, especially with the plot. This is to be expected though from such a big blockbuster, as Snyder keeps comic fans chomping on the bit by dishing out a few interviews and special pictures once in a while. Many are speculating that the movie is a ground breaker for a possible Justice League flick possibly coming out in the same year, if the online rumour mill is to be believed.
Batman vs Superman – Dawn of Justice will be released in the United States on March 25, 2016 in 3D format. The release date for the United Kingdom is April 29, 2016, and dates for other countries are not known at this stage in time.
|Directed by||Zack Snyder|
|Screenplay by||Chris Terrio|
|Based on||Characters published
by DC Comics
|Music by||Hans Zimmer|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|