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Joe Johnston is returning behind the camera to helm the $100 million budget sci-fi film “Starfall.” Per Deadline, the action movie will be shot at Wanda’s new Qingdao Studios in China and will be produced by Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam and Infinity Pictures’ Dede Nickerson.
Plot details for “Starfall” are under wraps, but the screenplay is written by David Coggeshall and will take place on a space station. Lionsgate, Wanda and Infinity Pictures will co-finance the film.
News of the project was announced Monday during Wanda chairman and CEO Wang Jianlin’s presentation for the new massive studio facility and entertainment complex, which includes a 56,000-square-foot green screen stage that will be used for the film.
Johnston began his career as an effects artist for the first three “Star Wars” films. He went »
- Liz Calvario
Veteran director Joe Johnston has come on board to helm “Starfall,” a science-fiction action movie that will be shot at Wanda’s new Qingdao Studios in China.
The news about “Starfall” comes on the heels of the unveiling of plans by Wanda’s Wang Jianlin for a massive $8.2 billion production facility in Qingdao at a gala event on Monday night in Hollywood.
Producers are Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam and Infinity Pictures’ Dede Nickerson. The film, which will be budgeted at $100 million, is being co-financed by Lionsgate, Wanda and Infinity Pictures, which is backed by China Media Capital.
Johnston will direct “Starfall” from a script by David Coggeshall, set on a space station. Details of the plot are under wraps.
- Dave McNary
We are still nearly two years away from the release of Jurassic World 2, but we have been learning quite a bit about the movie as of late. Specific plot details are still a bit scarce, but Colin Trevorrow recently revealed some of the issues that the sequel will be tackling. According to him, Jurassic World 2 will be taking on the idea of animal abuse.
Colin Trevorrow, who directed the first Jurassic World and is co-writing Jurassic World 2, recently did an interview with Time. During the interview, the filmmaker revealed that the dinosaurs in the new movie will be something of a metaphor for how we as people treat animals in the real world today. Here is what he had to say.
"The dinosaurs will be a parable of the treatment animals receive today: the abuse, medical experimentation, pets, having wild animals in zoos like prisons, the use the military has made of them, »
We live in a world of reboots and remakes. Everything that we grew up on -- that is now old -- is new again. Last year, we had a Star Wars film, a Rocky film, and the return of the Jurassic Park franchise with fun reboot, Jurassic World (cue the comments claiming the movie was stupid). While there is something special about taking an old concept and reinvigorating it for a modern audience, filmmakers are usually careful to imbue these reboots with plenty of homages to the original material.
So what about the next Jurassic World film? In the first one, we saw Ian Malcolm's book on the desk of Jake Johnson's character, but there was no real reference to Jurassic Park's original protagonist, Alan Grant, portrayed in Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III by actor Sam Neill.
So will be seeing this character return to the »
- Joseph Medina
Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok is going to serve as a make-shift Jurassic Park reunion. We know that Jeff Goldblum has signed on to play the villainous and eccentric Grandmaster. Now comes word that his old co-star Sam Neill has also come aboard the latest Marvel Phase 3 adventure, which is currently being shot in Australia.
It doesn't appear that Sam Neill will have a large role. And it isn't known if Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum will even share any scenes together. The actor was only on set for a few select days. Though he's not allowed to say too much about his participation, or Marvel's highly trained snipers will take him and his family out. Neill was talking with Shortlist about his comedy Hunt for the Wilderpeople. And it just so happens to be directed by Thor 3 mastermind Taika Waititi. About joining the Marvel family, Sam Neill offers this.
"Oddly enough, »
Get ready for a lot more dinosaur goodness, because Jurassic World is definitely going to be a trilogy. While Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow had previously stated that he and Steven Spielberg had conceived that Jurassic Park revival as a trilogy, it has now been confirmed that is indeed going to be the case. Jurassic World 2 director J.A. Bayona recently stated that his contribution to the franchise will indeed be the second part of a new trilogy.
Bayona is currently at the Toronto International Film Festival in support of his new movie A Monster Calls. While that movie is getting rave reviews and a lot of buzz, there is obviously a ton of interest in his next movie, the highly-anticipated Jurassic World sequel. Lrm caught up with Bayona at the festival and the director revealed some details about Jurassic World 2, including the confirmation that it will be a trilogy, as well as some other information. »
With less than two years until its release date, there is still plenty of prep work to be done on Jurassic World 2. So, what do we really know about the sequel at this early date? Quite a bit, actually. We know when it will hit theaters. Who is starring. And who is directing. We even have a vague outline of the plot. But let's look deeper, shall we?
Jurassic Park, more than 20 years after the fact, remains one of the best movies that Steven Spielberg ever directed and without question the greatest movie to ever feature dinosaurs in it. While The Lost World may have had its moments, Jurassic Park III was a profound disappointment, and for years we waited for a proper sequel. Last year, for many fans, they finally got what they had been waiting for in the form of Jurassic World.
Jurassic World was well liked by critics, »
The original Bourne trilogy movies (The Bourne Identity, The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum) are quite noteworthy for a number of different reasons. First and foremost, it solidified Matt Damon as a bona fide movie star, who could open a big budget film on his own, while showcasing the action movie chops no one knew he had. It's also one of the rare movie trilogies to show big improvement each time out at the domestic box office, with The Bourne Identity earning $121.6 million, followed by The Bourne Supremacy's $176.2 million and The Bourne Ultimatum's $227 million. Despite all of this success, it took nine years for Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to finally bring this action icon back to the big screen with Jason Bourne, and, thankfully, it was well worth the wait.
No matter how successful the previous entry was, a lengthy wait between movies doesn't often bode well for some franchises. »
The sequel to one of 2015's biggest movies has an official production start date set in February of 2017! Come inside for more info on Jurassic World 2!
In 2015, the Jurassic movie franchise revitalized the series with Jurassic World earning over an astounding 1.6 billion dollars, worldwide! With those numbers, you better believe Universal was ready to greenlight a sequel in a heartbeat.
June 22, 2018 will be when that sequel hits theaters. That means new director Juan Antonio Bayona will need to start shooting soon. Thanks to Jurassic Outpost, we know exactly when production will begin.
Jurassic World 2 will be returning to Hawaii on February 27, 2017 under the guise of a movie called 'Ancient Futures'. The movie will also film in a handful of other areas, with one of them being in London's Pinewood Studios. However, before you get the idea that this is going to be your run of the mill Jurassic movie, think again. »
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30 years ago today, Ripley returned, as badass as ever. On July 18, 1986, Aliens hit theaters, giving audiences a movie that kept the blossoming franchise fresh as it transitioned from sci-fi horror to sci-fi action. This time around, Ripley had a surrogate daughter to protect and a new alien queen to battle, while Sigourney Weaver had a producing credit and a bigger voice in the development of the James Cameron-directed sequel to the 1979 Ridley Scott movie. Ripley paved the way for future action heroines, including Furiosa of last year’s Mad Max: Fury Road. For a HitFix debate of which of the two is a better hero, check out this video. Aliens will get a 30th anniversary celebration at San Diego Comic-Con with a reunion of Cameron, Weaver, and more cast members. Also, announced today, the Comic-Con panel will be live-streamed and available to watch on YouTube inside our outside the convention center this Saturday. »
- Emily Rome
It’s a pretty exciting time to be an “Alien” fan. Not only is Ridley Scott currently in production on “Alien: Covenant” (which, if we have our facts correct, is an “Prometheus” sequel/”Alien” prequel), but Neill Blomkamp’s slow-moving sequel continues to take shape with tantalizing tidbits from the cast and crew. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about the 30th anniversary “Aliens” celebration set for Comic-Con this month, the one and only Sigourney Weaver confirmed an important detail about the continuity of Blomkamp’s fifth installment.
“It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to three and four and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie,” Weaver revealed, confirming that Blomkamp’s sequel actually won’t be a fifth installment at all and will serve as a »
- Zack Sharf
The Paramount film, currently shooting in Toronto, centers on an Omaha man who joins the throngs of people undergoing a new process that reduces humans to a tiny fraction of their size. Then they move to one of the many communities of small people that are sprouting up around the world.
“It’s the smallest part I’ve ever had, four inches to be exact,” Serna said.
Payne is co-writing the script with Jim Taylor. The duo won an Oscar for best adapted screenplay for “Sideways” and collaborated on the scripts for “Citizen Ruth,” “Election,” “Jurassic Park III,” “About Schmidt” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.”
- Dave McNary
Although Jurassic Park III made less money than The Lost World: Jurassic Park - which itself had made less money than the original Jurassic Park - there was never much doubt that Universal wanted another dino-stuffed movie from Steven Spielberg's Michael Crichton-inspired film franchise. The problem was working out exactly how to do this, after the sequels had failed to live up to the financial success and audience adoration of the first film.
Eventually, we got the box office-smashing Jurassic World and Chris Pratt in a natty waistcoat. But before that, tonnes of ideas came and went as Universal attempted to nail down the best way to resurrect the series without the help of ancient mosquituoes...
Early ideas stage
The long and winding »
Jurassic World came out a little over a year ago and by most accounts, was a welcomed sequel after the disaster that was Jurassic Park III. For many, the idea of getting to see a fully functioning version of Jurassic Park was very cool, but the movie had been in development for a very long time, and changed a lot along the way. Now, thanks to concept artist Seth Engstrom, we got a look at how Jurassic World could have been a little bit different.
Engstrom very recently took to his personal blog to share some concept art from Jurassic World that had not been seen previously. Much of the material that he shared featured familiar sights, such as glory shots of the park and the train coming through the Jurassic World doors. But, there were a few very interesting pieces of art included in the batch that would have »
Exactly a year ago today, millions of us swamped to theaters all over the world to see a sequel we had been waiting 14 years (though some might argue 22) for. Yes, a year ago today Jurassic World stormed into theaters to the tune of very ridiculous record setting numbers and breathed new life into a beloved franchise that had been basically dead for a decade and a half. Now that we have all had some time to cool down, love it or hate it, this presents a good opportunity to reflect on Jurassic World and understand what it did and what the future of the franchise will be as a result.
Jurassic Park just turned 23 and in case you haven't watched it in a while, it holds up on a level that very few effects heavy films, or any films for that matter, ever do. A few years after that, we got The Lost World which isn't without its problems, but in hind sight is actually a really good sequel and still holds some of the most awesome moments in the franchise. And then Jurassic Park III happened. It takes a lot to almost totally kill a franchise as monumental as the Jurassic Park franchise, but Joe Johnston's third installment damn near did it.
The film is far and away the lowest grossing of the franchise according to Box Office Mojo, it was panned by critics, introduced a very big, dumb dinosaur that killed the face of the franchise and had almost no stakes because none of the characters were allowed to die after the first 30 minutes of the film. After Jurassic Park III, Universal clearly didn't know where to go with it, but development on Jurassic Park 4 started and went through countless iterations ranging from predictable to utterly ridiculous. We've all seen the human/dino hybrid concept art by now.
However, thanks to a simple yet brilliant idea from the series creator Steven Spielberg to have a fully functioning version of Jurassic Park, now we're here. Ever since 1993, we all pretty much knew that it was a bad idea to have a lot of people around man eating dinosaurs, but not one of us who grew up watching the original films wouldn't go to a dinosaur filled version of Disneyland. And that is what Spielberg realized. Jurassic Park III failed for a lot of reasons, but primarily we all just realized that dinosaurs chasing people on an island with no purpose somehow gets old fast. The driving idea behind Jurassic World gave the installment purpose and not only that, but it played heavily on the nostalgia factor of the audience that was going to see it.
Sure, there were prevalent themes of man's relationship to nature and greed present, but really this film was all about nostalgia and on that level, no matter how you feel about Jurassic World, it is incredibly effective. That is why it was able to garner $1.67 billion worldwide, good enough for the number four spot all time, behind only Star Wars, Titanic and Avatar. The film was perhaps the absolute definition of fanservice and it paid off for the studio, sure. But outside of over analytical cynicism, it is hard to imagine anyone didn't enjoy watching the movie and at least have moments of that childlike sense of wonder that the Jp franchise is good for. Plus, Chris Pratt totally rode a motorcycle alongside a pack of raptors.
The potential problem is that Colin Trevorrow and Spielberg put most of their eggs in Jurassic World's basket. They gave us what is by most accounts the Jurassic Park sequel we deserved, but in modern Hollywood one sequel isn't good enough. We are getting at least two more sequels to the film and honestly, it is hard to imagine where anyone can go with it from here that isn't pure Furious 7 style bananas kind of crazy. But here is what we do know will happen and what might happen.
First off, we know that military applications for dinosaurs are going to be a factor. Hopefully we aren't going to venture into raptorman style hybrid territory, but Dr. Henry Wu, played by B.D. Wong, made it off the island with the dino embryos and clearly had some kind of deal worked out with InGen to further their exploration of militarized dinosaurs. First they bred raptors, then they trained raptors. That whole thing. To what degree this idea is going to be explored, we don't exactly know, but we do know we are finally going into the real world with dinosaurs and not just hanging out on an isolated island, or in San Diego for a brief period in 1997.
Trevorrow won't be back to direct Jurassic World 2, but he has worked on the script and story for the sequel and has dropped some big hints about what to expect. Point blank the director has said that this stuff won't be limited to theme parks in the future of the franchise, which actually makes a lot of sense. There are lots of scientific applications for this kind of thing and those seem to be the ideas that will be explored in the future. Here is what Trevorrow said in an interview with Wired about it.
"I feel like the idea that this isn't always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponize it and later on we found it could be used for energy."
Some people may hate on Jurassic World, but if Rotten Tomatoes and box office receipts are to be believed, the vast majority of people are very happy that we got the fourth installment of the franchise. All we can do is hope that new installments won't totally bastardise it, but much like the Transformers franchise, people will very likely turn out in droves no matter what the quality. The only question is, are we going to get another pointless island adventure like Jurassic Park III, or is Universal going to go all out with it and do Rise of the Planet of the Apes, but with dinosaurs? We'll find out when Jurassic World 2 drops on June 22, 2018. »
Back in 2001, it was reported that Steven Spielberg and Joe Johnston (who had directed Jurassic Park III) were working on ideas for a fourth movie in the series. Some rumours had it that Sam Neill and Jeff Goldbum were set to return as Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm, and would see them lead an expedition team on another island. Keira Knightly was also signed on at one point, but she was written out in later drafts.
Eventually in 2007, Aint It Cool news wrote a review of a leaked script they got their hands on, which surrounded the idea that InGen were now mixing the DNA or humans, raptors and dogs to create human-dino hybrids. Yep. And they had guns too.
- Luke Owen
Jurassic Park 3 came out in 2001, and though a lot of the effects looked fantastic and the movie delivered on the promise of dinosaurs, it really failed to live up to the expectations of the franchise. As a result, it took 14 years to finally get a sequel to Jurassic Park in the form of Jurassic World, which absolutely crushed it at the box office last year and seemed to satisfy most fans who had been waiting all of that time.
Universal hadn't just been sitting on their hands for 14 years though. They had been trying to get Jurassic Park 4 made since the moment Jurassic Park 3 hit theaters, and it went through a lot of different and crazy development phases. Recently, Carlos Huante took to his Instagram to share some never before seen concept art for an abandoned version of Jurassic Park 4 from around 2001, which he was working on with director Joe Johnston. »
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Forget the Cloverfield connection. The actors who were in this film didn’t even know what the title was until moments before the first trailer dropped. Producer J.J. Abrams used that branding as part of the wrapping for its promotional mystery box, but the movie stands perfectly alone from 2008’s found-footage monster picture. Hell, 10 Cloverfield Lane perhaps doesn’t even take place »
- The Film Stage
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's new on Netflix and TV, we've got you covered.
New Video on Demand, Rental Streaming, and Digital Only
It's Memorial Day in the U.S., so instead of watching our landmarks get blown up on screen, why not head across the pond and see how the U.K. likes it. "London Has Fallen" has its Digital HD release on May 31, then on disc/demand June 14. Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, and company return for this sequel to "Olympus Has Fallen," following the aftermath of the British Prime Minster's death. Bonus features include "The Making of London Has Fallen," featuring interviews with cast and crew; and "Guns, Knives & Explosives," delving deeper into Butler's character, Mike Banning, and the extensive training he needed to play a Secret Service agent.
- Gina Carbone
Get out those orange jumpsuits: Season 4 of "Orange Is the New Black" debuts on Netflix on June 17.
Also new in June: The first three "Jurassic Park" films, "Life" (starring Robert Pattinson as a Life magazine photographer and Dane DeHaan as James Dean) and Best Picture Oscar winner "Spotlight." ("The Big Short" arrives in July.)
Here's the complete list of what's new on Netflix streaming in June 2016:
Available June 1
"7 Chinese Brothers" (2015)
"72 Cutest Animals:" Season 1
"72 Dangerous Places:" Season 1
"A Walk to Remember" (2002)
"Big Stone Gap" (2014)
"Bob Ross: Beauty is Everywhere (1990)
"Cold in July" (2014)
"Conspiracy Theory: Did We Land On The Moon?" (2001)
"Cuba: The Forgotten Revolution" (2015)
"(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies" (2015)
"El Libro de Piedra" (1969)
"Elizabeth: The Golden Age" (2007)
"Extraordinary Tales" (2015)
"The Fear of 13" (2015)
"Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez" (2015)
"Gentlemen and Gangsters:" Season 1
- Sharon Knolle
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