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When I was a kid I always wanted to go to Universal Studios. After my favorite Nick shows, it always said "filmed in front of a live studio audience at Universal Studios". Sadly, I never got to be on Legends Of The Hidden Temple. I also haven't ridden the Jurassic Park ride. I live in Texas. We have Six Flags and a small ass version of Legoland. The reason I am even talking about all this has to do with the fact that Universal Studios will be opening a theme park for The »
- Niki Stephens
Two big reboots and sequels got updates, and because they both involve Steven Spielberg and aren’t exactly substantial, we’re grouping them together.
“I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig.”
Of course, it’s not a complete reboot or remake, it is Jurassic Park 4. This likely means that there won’t be any returning actors or characters, and is a new direction for the franchise.
On the other side of the coin, is the Gil Kenan remake of Poltergeist, which is being produced by Sam Raimi. And like another recent Raimi remake, this one may be in the same universe as the original. Here’s an excerpt from Moviehole’s report:
- Andy Greene
Director: Todd Phillips.
Running Time: 100 minutes.
Synopsis: With Alan (Zach Galifianakis) off his meds, the Wolfpack form an intervention. On the way to rehab, the consequences of the first two films catch up with them as they find themselves the missing link to get the intimidating Marshall (John Goodman) to his goal – a certain Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong).
Todd Phillips’ first two booze-fuelled bouts of cinematic amnesia may have grossed over $1 billion worldwide, but 2009’s The Hangover never screamed with trilogy potential. The gang’s all here, but you sense they’re ready to leave the fun behind. And so, it turns out, are we.
Mixing up its inherent formula, Part III once again sidelines Doug (Justin Bartha), with the boys in pursuit of Chow after he stole from angry businessman, »
- Emma Thrower
The actor spoke about the forthcoming movie, which was recently put on hold by Universal Studios to create a more "epic" scale, in an interview with New Zealand's The Dominion Post.
Neill, who plays Dr Alan Grant in the franchise, is unsure whether he will appear in the new film but said: "I'm told it's a big reboot, a total rejig."
The 65-year-old added that he still gets praise for playing the palaeontologist in the 1993 original and 2001's second sequel.
"I get a lot of tweets from people who didn't get the opportunity to see it on the screen in the first place who are enjoying it now and other people who think the 3D adaptation is amazing," he said.
Just when it seemed as though Jurassic Park IV had staved off the franchise’s own extinction, complete with a 2014 release date, a director in the form of Colin Trevorrow and even location scouts searching for Isla Nublar (above), the project was shelved indefinitely by Universal.
Last we heard Derek Connolly was rewriting Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver‘s screenplay. However, what changes were being made, or indeed what was being changed, was anyone’s guess. If Jurassic Park actor Sam Neill is to be believed — or perhaps misunderstood — the project was being shaped up to reboot the series.
“I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig.”
While Neill is undoubtedly in part correct — everything we have heard on the subject of the third sequel suggests it would be a substantial departure from the original trilogy — it seems unlikely that Universal would go ahead with a straight up reboot, »
- Steven Neish
There was no shortage of heartbreaking stories to come out of Moore, Okla., this week, in the wake of a deadly tornado that left dozens of people dead and hundreds more homeless and/or injured. But amid the rubble, there was at least one uplifting moment when a woman reunited with her missing dog — while in the middle of a live interview for the evening news. In another unrelated yet equally gut-wrenching event this week, 18-year-old YouTube star Zach Sobiech lost his battle with bone cancer. In more lighthearted news, American Idol bid farewell to its last remaining original judge, Randy Jackson, and the keen viewers at CinemaSins assembled every continuity error in Jurassic Park into a three-minute video. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos
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- Liz Raftery
For an early poster teasing “Despicable Me 2,” Universal Pictures went with a more minimalist approach: two Minions stand above the date July 2013. It didn’t need to say more because since the first film hit big in 2010, the yellow Twinkie-shaped characters have not only helped launch Universal’s first family franchise in well over a decade, but also made it a major player in the animation game.
They’ve broken out as such big stars — make that important spokes-characters — for the company that the Minions have their own short film series, theme park attractions, a consumer products line that includes toys, games and apparel, and will get their own movie spin off in 2014. They even have their own blimp.
Growing their global appeal over the past three years has now paid off for Universal as it revs up its marketing machine for the “Despicable Me” sequel, out July 3 from Chris Meledandri’s Illumination Entertainment. »
- Marc Graser
A couple of weeks ago, Universal Pictures put Jurassic Park 4 production on hold. There was no solid reason given at the time, but apparently director Colin Trevorrow is writing a new version of the script with Derek Connolly. There were reports that their ideas might have been too big to fit the current production timeline. We haven't really heard much else since the production was shut down.
Franchise star Sam Neill seems to be under the impression that the film will undergo a complete reboot instead of a sequel. In a recent interview with Dominion Post (via Collider), he confirms he won't be a part of the film and says, "I'm told it's a big reboot, a total re-jig."
This statement is completely contrary to everything else we've heard and seen. Even producer Frank Marshall has said it will "definitely be a sequel," which is what I'm hoping for. I »
- Joey Paur
Don't get your panties in a bunch just yet, folks. Some recent news has hit the wire stating that the recently delayed fourth Jurassic Park film is not a sequel, but rather a reboot or remake. However, odds are pretty good that this is just not the case.
This whole thing started when The Dominion Post asked Sam Neill about the upcoming flick and Neill stated, "I'm told it's a big reboot, a total re-jig." Now before you start lighting torches, just keep in mind that a fourth film can kick-start a franchise without remaking it. Think Scream 4. So really, let's cool it a bit, shall we? Sometimes I hate the Internet.
In coordination with the filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a yet-to-be-determined later date than originally announced, giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth »
- Uncle Creepy
This week has yielded some rumor-ish buzz regarding two properties (touched by Steven Spielberg) that are returning to the screen. Let's tackle Jurassic Park 4 first, shall we? Sam Neill spoke to The Dominion Post about the sequel and told the outlet: "I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig."
Let's put this in perspective, because there are a couple of ways this can go. Some can see this as "they're remaking Jurassic Park!" But I can assure you, they're not. That's not in the cards and never has been (I've seen a taste of what they may be cooking up). Or, you can see this as Neill misconstruing the term "reboot." It's very possible he just means to say the next story kicks off an all-new story arc with new characters.
So, just keep things in perspective.
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Now that Universal has postponed Jurassic Park 4 indefinitely, rumors have started to fly concerning the fourth film. Actor Sam Neill, who is best known for playing Doctor Alan Grant in the parts I and III, has said that he was told Jurassic Part 4 was a ‘big reboot’ of the franchise.
Producer Frank Marshall has denied this, saying that the film is indeed a sequel. But the fact that the studio has stopped the project, cold-turkey, does create some speculation about the future of the film. Jurassic Park 4 was suppose to hit theaters next year, with filming slated to begin next month. So, could it reboot as Neill claims? No details on the film’s characters have been confirmed, but Bryce Dallas Howard (Spider-Man 3) and David Oyelowo (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) were reportedly in consideration for roles.
- Laura Frances
Considering that it’s been 20 years since the release of Jurassic Park, it wouldn’t come as a complete surprise if someone wanted to remake it. But you can’t just remake one of the most successful films of all time directed by one of the most successful filmmakers of all time, right? Surely no one would be up for such a colossal task. A reboot though, well, that could work.
“Reboot” is the word for Jurassic Park 4 that Sam Neill used in a recent interview. While talking to the Dominion Post, a New Zealand newspaper, the man who starred as paleontologist Alan Grant in the first and third Jurassic Park movies said that he doubts he’ll make a return in the new film because the producers want a fresh start.
Here’s what he had to say:
As well as confirming that he is unlikely to be a »
- Adam Donaldson
Director Michael Bay’s untitled Transformers 3 sequel (a.k.a. Transformers 4) will be one of those movies that blurs the line between what is considered a full-blown reboot and franchise re-tooling. It will not break narrative continuity with the previous Transformers films; yet, it features an entirely new cast of human players and will introduce multiple robots-in-disguise that haven’t made the jump to live-action form before now.
The most-recently developed version of Jurassic Park IV has been described as a similar continuation of the over-arching story set in motion by director Steven Spielberg’s 1993 blockbuster - based on the late Michael Crichton’s novel – and its sequels, The Lost World and Jurassic Park III. However, JP4 is expected to stray away from all the previous films’ narrative formula (i.e. humans travel to an island that ...
- Sandy Schaefer
As if we haven't already had enough back-and-forth on the ever-changing details surrounding "Jurassic Park 4," the plot thickens -- or doesn't, given the continued crypticness surrounding the movie.
Now Sam Neill, who starred as Dr. Allen Grant in "Jurassic Park" and "Jurassic Park III," has reportedly told New Zealand's Dominion Post that he doesn't think he'll be asked to star in the dinosaur series' upcoming fourth entry and that -- brace yourselves -- he's told "it's a big reboot, a total re-jig."
Why Neill believes this to be true is unclear, as producer Frank Marshall reportedly said the sequel will not be a remake. Neill's remark seems to come as a one-off comment in a lengthy Dominion Post story centering on the actor. In it, Neill also confesses he has not seen the 3-D rerelease that hit theaters in early April.
Neill's remarks are the latest wrinkle in the influx »
- Matthew Jacobs
Earlier this month, “Jurassic Park 4” was rumored to be facing extinction after Universal announced the project would be delayed indefinitely to accommodate filmmakers' ambitious plans for the long-awaited sequel. While the studio put a sunnier spin on the decision -- the delay would allow “adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version” of the film, Universal said -- some crew members were less optimistic, insinuating on social media that the movie was in serious trouble. Now, Sam Neill, who starred as Dr. Alan Grant in the first and third films in the “Jurassic Park” franchise, may have shed some light on why the delay was necessary. In a short comment to The Dominion Post, Neill said that he was unlikely to reprise his role in the sequel, and shared a rumor about the movie's purported plot. “I'm told it's a big reboot, a total re-jig,” Neill told the paper. »
- Katie Roberts
Will "Jurassic 4" be a reboot after all? Despite the box office success of "Jurassic Park 3D," Universal been moving forward in fits and starts on the long-gestating "Jurassic Park 4," with various conflicting reports throwing a mysterious veil over the studio's plans. The latest rumor arrives courtesy of the world's foremost dinosaur expert -- Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill). The actor recently told New Zealand's Dominion Post that he doesn't expect to be asked to star in "JP4," adding, "I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig." Don't be concerned about your sanity if you're confused, since producer Frank Marshall previously stated »
- HitFix Staff
Luke Owen reviews the first issue of Half Past Danger...
Dames. Dinosaurs. Danger. Summer, 1943, and in the midst of a war waged by monsters, Staff Sergeant Tommy ‘Irish’ Flynn never expected to encounter a real one. But on a remote island in the South Pacific, Flynn and his squad come face-to-fanged-face with creatures long thought dead.
As the comic begins, Stephen Mooney notes that this is, "for my Dad Dermot Mooney who took me to the movies". And you can tell from the early pages of Half Past Danger #1 that Mooney has certainly been influenced of the adventure films of old. Elements of Raiders of the Lost Ark, King Kong, The Lost World etc are scattered through this in what ends up being a fairly good first half, but not so great second.
The opening sequence on the island in the South Pacific where the team encounter dinosaurs is absolutely brilliant. »
While Jurassic Park 4 still seems to be on hold, Colin Trevorrow and Universal may have found an alteration to the story that will allow they to reboot and sequelize the series in one film. Collider is reporting that Sam Neill, star of the first and third films, called the fourth .a big reboot, a total re-jig.. Reports are flying all over the place about Jurassic Park IV, including casting rumors that have Bryce Dallas Howard and David Oyelowo taking roles that would feature a team »
- Alex Maidy
A couple weeks ago, Universal postponed Jurassic Park 4 indefinitely. Originally slated for a June 13th, 2014 release, the latest draft for the fourth installment in the long-running dinosaur franchise was apparently "too epic and ambitious" to have out by that date. Filming was originally set to begin next month, but without a ready script and a locked cast, it would be impossible to have it out next summer without being rushed. While we wait for the next official announcement, actor Sam Neill - best known for playing Doctor Alan Grant in 1993's Jurassic Park and 2001's Jurassic Park III - told Stuff.co.nz that he will unlikely reprise the role for Jurassic Park 4. He doesn't detail why, but hints at the reason in a brief comment. "I'm told it's a big reboot, a total re-jig." Producer Frank Marshall said last year that the film will not be a reboot, but »
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
After the death of her mother, Mary Katherine (Mk) is sent to live with her father Professor Bomba. He split from her mother, over his obsession that a nearby forest contains races of little people. To find evidence of this, he has placed cameras and recording devices all over the area. Within the forest, Queen Tara, under the guard of the Leafmen, has selected a pod that must bloom at certain time.
The Boggans are creatures that cause decay as opposed to making plants grow. Under their leader Mandrake, they attempt to sabotage the ceremony so that the forest will wither and die. During an attack on the Queen, Mary Katherine is shrunk down to the size of the Leafmen and charged with helping to protect the pod.
This movie looks great. The animation and detail of the forest is wonderful. The camera reveals in the »
- David Allkins
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