Jurassic World sequel to film in Brecon Beacons, Wales?

Following the confirmation that Hawaii will indeed house upcoming Jurassic Park sequel, more location news has arisen. Last week we reported that Wales was also being eyed for Jurassic World 2, though our speculation was that it was likely for their Pinewood Studios facilities only. However, a new report suggests the beautiful countryside will also be featured.


According to ‘The Sun’

‘The lush green countryside around the Brecon Beacons was perfect for the movie [and] Penbryn in North Wales is also expected to be used to film some scenes’.

Further, their source is quoted saying:

“The lush green setting and countryside fitted the bill. Producers have been assessing potentially suitable areas all over the UK but chose the Valleys as a prominent area to film.”

Now, it’s worth noting the source is a UK based tabloid with a less than credible reputation. However, ‘The Sun’ was the first to report (in March of this year) that Jurassic World 2 would film in London. These reports were later confirmed by ‘The Knowledge’, and mostly recently the discovery of the ‘Ancient Futures’ production company (also, Frank Marshall confirming it as HQ).

While I wouldn’t use ‘The Sun’ for news of plot scoops, or celebrity happenings, I’m moderately optimistic there is some validity to this information. My confidence is driven by the fact that Wales is certainly going to house the production at some point, and the specifications of this report lack a sensationalist article agenda. That said, take these specifics with an appropriately sized grain of salt.

We can’t be sure that these locations will ultimately be used for Jurassic World 2, but I’m certainly enthralled by their genuine beauty and fresh potential. The concept of seeing new dinosaurs roaming new landscapes is always an easy way to capture my imagination, so I’m hoping this latest news does come to fruition. Plus, the story potential has my curiosity – just how and why are dinosaurs roaming outside of the islands we know and love?

As always, sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for the latest news!

Source: The Sun

Frank Marshall talks Jurassic World 2; confirms Hawaii!

Whilst talking all things Jason Bourne with Steve Weintraub over at Collider, Frank Marshall dropped a little more info about Jurassic World 2, confirming that they’ll will indeed be returning to Hawaii and that pre-production is well underway in London. While most of this was shared in a prior article, the Hawaii confirmation is new!

Frank Marshall and Matt Damon

COLLIDER: I want to jump onto something else, I recently spoke to Bryce [Dallas Howard] for Pete’s Dragonand she mentioned to me that you guys are gonna start filming the nextJurassic World early next year, and I saw a little promo poster when I was at CinemaCon. So I have to ask you, with Jurassic World, what was your wishful number at the worldwide box office and how much did you just demolish it, were you prepared for this kind of crazy success?

MARSHALL: No, I wasn’t, and that’s the honest truth. I was hoping to open at 100, they were projecting 100 which is huge, and that would’ve be the biggest opening for a movie that I’ve produced, but we pretty much doubled my expectations [Laughs] at every turn.

COLLIDER: I’m very excited about your director for the sequel, what can you tease people about where you’re at in the development process?

MARSHALL: We’re in pre-production, in fact I just got back from London from meeting with Juan Antonio [Bayona] and the production designer. We’re designing, he’s doing storyboards, and we’re in full pre-production to start shooting sometime early next spring.

COLLIDER: If I’m not mistaken, Colin [Trevorrow] and his writing partner, Derek [Connolly], developed a story for the sequel, are you guys still sticking with that story, or has Bayona taken more of an ownership of the story?

MARSHALL: No, as a director Bayona has his input but Colin and Derek are writing the script, so there have been numerous meetings and we have the template for the movie, but of course he’s putting in his own ideas and taking ownership of it, but it’s pretty much the same story that they originally came up with.

COLLIDER: Do you look at the challenge of coming up with new action set pieces with dinosaurs as something exciting, is it nerve-racking, can you talk about the pressure on one-upping what you’ve done before?

MARSHALL: I think we have that pressure both on Bourne movies and on Jurassic movies [Laughs], we set the bar pretty high. For me it’s always about story, as long as the action sequences move the story forward, that’s what’s important, and I think just having to look and see how we can involve the characters in the story with whatever dinosaur we have in the action sequence. So, it’s a challenge but a healthy challenge.

COLLIDER: I believe you guys shot in Hawaii last time, are you shooting again in Hawaii or are you going to new locales?

MARSHALL: Yes, we’ll be shooting again in Hawaii just like the last one.

It’s very exciting that we have further confirmation that Jurassic World 2 will be returning to the beautiful locales of Hawaii. Rejoice, Reel News Hawaii! Curiously, the wording almost alludes to it being the primary setting, but perhaps Frank was keeping the answer simple to avoid letting more slip. I’m certainly up to seeing more of the islands, but also very hopeful the latest sequel will introduce brand new locations and environments as well.

How do you feel about a 5th trip back into familiar jungle? Comment below!


New Michael Crichton novel ‘Dragon Teeth’ will be published next May

HarperCollins have acquired the rights to publish Michael Crichton’s third posthumous novel – entitled ‘Dragon Teeth’ in May. According to Variety, who first reported the news, Dragon Teeth is described as a “fictional recounting of the actual rivalry between paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh during “The Bone Wars” of the 1870s.”

“The story unfolds through the adventures of a young fictional character named William Johnson who is apprenticed first to one, then to the other and not only makes discoveries of historic proportion, but transforms into an inspiring hero only Crichton could have imagined,” the publisher said.

“Known for his meticulous research, Crichton uses Marsh and Copes’ heated competition during the ‘Bone Wars’ — the golden age of American fossil hunting — as the basis for a thrilling story set in the wilds of the American West.”

Michael Crichton, who wrote Jurassic Park, The Lost World, Prey, Congo, Sphere, passed away in 2008. After his unfortunate passing, a number of manuscripts were discovered on his computer, the first being ‘Pirate Latitudes’, which was published in 2009. The second was ‘Micro’, which was finished by Richard Preston and released in 2011.

Michael Crichton

This is the third manuscript to be discovered and was found by his widow, Sherri, who said:

“When I came across the ‘Dragon Teeth’ manuscript in the files, I was immediately captivated. It has Michael’s voice, his love of history, research and science all dynamically woven into an epic tale.”

There is no official date set for publication, but HarperCollins announced that it was hit the shelves in May of 2017.

It is interesting to note that another manuscript was found, with the potential for more. It makes you wonder if Crichton ever dabbled with something in the universe of Jurassic Park. A potential sequel to The Lost World… one can dream. I do recall an old video interview where he mentioned a novel he was writing, which “Jurassic” fans would enjoy. That very likely became Dragon Teeth, but again, one can dream. If anybody recalls that interview or even has it – please get in touch!

It’s great that Michael Crichton’s work continues to entertain and thrill readers, and that there is more to come! His writing is incredibly detailed, unique, and most of all entertaining. His work continues to inspire, and we really have him to thank for opening up the world of Jurassic Park.

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Have you read any of Michael Crichton’s novels aside from Jurassic Park and The Lost World? I personally loved Prey, and Micro was thrilling. Sphere was also great. Be sure to let us know in the comments section below and as always, make sure you’re following our Twitter and Facebook pages for super speedy news.

Source: Variety

Artist Spotlight: Anson Aguirre – Dinosaur and Comic Book Prints

When I began this website, it was always my intention to help promote artists and creatives alike who I’ve met through the fandom. There is a huge number of talented individuals in this community that all share the same story – Jurassic Park was a huge influence in their life and has helped them pursue their career.

I recently received a number of art prints from Anson Aguirre, a Finland based artist who is currently raising funds to debut his art at Stan Lee’s Comikaze in Los Angeles this October. And after receiving some of his work, I can honestly say that he really deserves to be there. And seeing it in person made me want to write this article, not to urge you into donating, but to highlight the art itself.


Talent comes in many forms, and Anson has managed to capture the Jurassic Park dinosaur style with every single piece he has made. All of the pieces I have seen look like they have come straight out of an art book for one of the Jurassic movies.

Getting into an industry like this is no easy feat, and more recently crowdfunding has helped independent filmmakers show their vision, artists open galleries, musicians fund their albums, and of course, random dudes make potato salad.


Anson has launched an IndieGoGo campaign to help him fund his trip to Los Angeles to debut his art and showcase it to the right audience. I have donated, and if you are an aspiring artist yourself, a creative, or just a fan of art and Jurassic Park in general, then do check out his campaign. Either way, I do hope Anson makes it to Stan Lee’s Comikaze and is able to showcase his work!

It really did blow me away when I opened the package – firstly because I had no idea what it was, but mainly because of just how impressive it is! These are Jurassic Park dinosaurs.

Best of luck Anson, and if you have made some Jurassic related art then be sure to submit it to our ‘fan work‘ section of our forum!

Mondo closes San Diego Comic Con with exclusive Jurassic World poster

It’s a fight to the death with the Indominus Rex and Mosasaurus! Mondo took Jurassic fans by surprise today when they announced that they would be selling a new, officially licensed Jurassic World poster exclusive to San Diego Comic Con. Artist Shan Jiang illustrated the aftermath of the climatic battle in this beautifully epic 24″ by 36″ screen printed poster, which was limited to 325 pieces.

Mondo SDCC Jurassic World poster Art by Shan Jiang

This piece was limited to sale on the show floor, and today was the final day of Comic Con 2016, so if you want one now’s the time to keep your eyes on places like eBay. As John Hammond would say.. “Spare no expense!” It’s certainly worth it in my opinion.

Some have pointed out that this utilizes the early Innovation Center design, which was first seen in leaked concept art. I personally find its usage artistically appealing: whether purposeful or not, the piece has a unique amalgamation of some of the very first and final imagery fans saw from film. Not to mention it just looks cool.

Early Jurassic World Concept Art
Early Jurassic World Concept Art

While many fans have likely missed out, this is the perfect time to remind you to keep your eyes on Mondo in the future. They’ve had many limited run pieces of Jurassic Park art in the past, and are sure to have more in the future. Often times they’re announced in advance, and if that’s the case we’ll be sure to let readers know.

Will you be adding this print to your collection? Let us know in the comments below!

Jurassic World sequel enlists ‘Gravity’ Production Designer Andy Nicholson!

AndyNMeet Andy Nicholson, the Production Designer for the upcoming Jurassic World sequel. Andy was the Art Director on films such as Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Golden Compass, and Captain America: The First Avenger.

His role as a Production Designer has included films such as Gravity, Divergent, and Assassin’s Creed. Andy was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity.

Production Designers are a key creative leader of the art team, working with the films Director and Producers to craft the look of the film. According to his website, Andy is ‘actively seeking to assimilate digital technology with traditional work-flows and techniques’. His bio goes on to say he is ‘Always on the lookout for staff with new skills’ and ‘[he is] an advocate of immersive design and closely follows the opportunities and developments within the industry’. 


Andy Nicholson may be a newcomer to the Jurassic team, but certainly not to the industry. Production Design on previous Jurassic films was handled by Rick Carter (Jurassic Park, The Lost World) and Ed Verreaux (Jurassic Park 3, Jurassic World). This will be the first time Andy and Juan Antonio Bayona have worked together; Bayona has previously worked with Eugenio Caballero (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) and Josep Rosell (The Orphanage).


Personally, I love the movie ‘Gravity’ – it blends practical and CG effects in stunning ways, and I cannot wait to see what Andy brings to the table with Jurassic. Be sure to check out Nicholson’s website for more samples of his work from his portfolio spanning numerous films.

Be sure to sound off in the comments below, and if you haven’t already be sure to follow us on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and join our forums! As always, stay tuned for more of everything Jurassic.

Source: IMDB (plus independently verified via external sources)

Legendary’s ‘Kong: Skull Island’ trailer teases monstrous Dinosaurs

Warner Brothers and Legendary Pictures roared into San Diego Comic Con’s Hall H with the debut trailer for ‘Kong: Skull Island’. The latest King Kong movie is a re-imagining of the classic tale, set during the 1970’s when a group of explorers stumble across the deadly island.

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‘Kong: Skull Island’ is sure to impress, and is loaded with talent. Directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer), with a cast starring actors such as Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Corey Hawkins, Toby Kebbell, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly. The films writing credits include Max Borenstein, John Gatins, Dan Gilroy , and Jurassic World’s Derek Connolly.

Check out the trailer below!

That’s one big great ape! This reboot features the largest King Kong to date, partly due to the announcement of an upcoming ‘Godzilla vs King Kong’ film. As such, the films dinosaurs seemingly have also seen a colossal size boost. While these dinosaurs are likely closer to monsters than animals when compared to Jurassic Park, it’s always great to see more mainstream films featuring the extinct beasts.


The cataclysmically beautiful ‘Kong: Skull Island’ releases March 10th, 2017 – and it may just be the movie we need to bide time until Jurassic World 2 in June 2018.

Jurassic World Sequel eyes Wales

Jurassic June? More like Jurassic July. At least that’s what it feels like with the sudden influx of fun news, and cool scoops! We’ve recently learned that fifth Jurassic Park film will operate out of London under the name ‘Ancient Futures’, and will also shoot in Hawaii. This morning we can add a third locale to the list: Wales.


Wales, part of Great Britain, is known for it’s stunningly beautiful yet rugged terrain. It’s no wonder why any movie would want to film there, especially one featuring majestic and terrifying dinosaurs. However, the picturesque landscape may not be part of the equation at all. Wales is also home to its own Pinewood Studios lot.

Pinewood Studio Wales includes:

  • 70,000 sq ft of shooting space, including 2 stages at 20,000 sq ft each and an additional 30,000 sq ft of shooting floor
  • 70,000 sq ft of mixed use production space, including production accommodation and modern, flexible offices and amenities
  • Close proximity to Cardiff and a variety of stunning locations

We discovered Wales as one of the locations by doing some research into ‘Ancient Futures’, the Limited Company the sequel is operating from, and saw that it is registered to operate there alongside England. While I personally think this only means they’re utilizing the Pinewood Studio, I would love if they shot in the gorgeous countryside as well. As previously discussed in our Hawaii article, there is a lot of evidence suggesting the film will feature an all new fictional setting, and as such should call for shooting in a fresh locale not yet in previous films.

Jurassic World 2 releases June 22, 2018 and begins production early next year. So far only Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are confirmed as returning, but stay tuned as cast announcements are surely around the corner.

Sound off in the comments below, and if you haven’t already be sure to follow us on Twitter, like our Facebook page, and join our forums!


IDW to publish Jurassic World comics in 2017!

Universal Pictures may not have a panel at San Diego Comic Con 2016, but their licensing partners do and we just got a megaton: IDW Comics will produce and publish Jurassic World comics for 2017! Information is scarce, but Bleeding Cool has the details from the panel:

IDW Jurassic Park cover art, circa 2009
IDW Jurassic Park cover art, circa 2009

“[IDW] to return to Jurassic Park with Jurassic World comics (…) based on the recent remake movie, and scheduled for 2017.

It’s too early to state creative teams. But not too early to state that there will be no feathers.”

Finally! It’s long overdue, but I’m thrilled to learn comics are inbound. The concept of the Jurassic franchise adopting an expanded canon is incredibly exciting, and I cannot wait to see how the story evolves. Here’s hoping hoping for some complex and nuanced stories coupled with kick-ass artwork.

That said, it always bugs me when the Jurassic Park franchise brags about abandoning feathers. Not all Dinosaurs were feathered, but plenty were, and that’s not a bad thing. With the right art direction feathers on some new species to the franchise could look killer. Plus, adhering to modern science (with creative liberties) and depicting the dinosaurs as animals rather than monsters is a Jurassic Park staple.

Be sure to check back for updates on this, in case more information arises from the panel. Are you excited for some new Jurassic fiction to digest? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Bleeding Cool

There’s an INSANE new Jurassic World 2 story rumor – but we don’t believe it

Everyone. Remain. Calm. Despite conflicting reports, we’re fairly certain there are no assets out of containment. I know what you’re thinking: “When Claire Dearing said that a bunch of people got eaten!” Well, fair enough. But this time will be different… at least so we hope.

Remain Calm

Dish Nation is reporting that they have an exclusive story scoop for the Jurassic World sequel.. and it gets a little bit weird. According to them, the creative team is gunning for a ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ type of story where the dinosaurs eventually reclaim the Earth. Oh, and they will apparently talk and wield machine guns?

Here’s what their LA based source had to say:

“The team at Universal feel that this rebooted Jurassic Park concept can really take things to a new level.The development team feel that a great way for the dinosaurs to be an even greater threat to the humans is for their intelligence to increase. At this stage, their plan to work on a plot where the raptors can converse with Chris’ character Owen. But while their intelligence levels are high, they are still stuck in the mindset of a little children.”

“Coupled with that the military have also developed ideas for the killers to have weapons automatically fitted to their arms. But like all things the ploy will go wrong and once again Owen will have to save the world.”

“These plans are being developed for the sequels as they work on wowing fans following the first film’s success. Their track record is amazing given what they did with Fast And Furious.”


Ok. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this news is false. Beyond it being absurd, and the type of stuff that will kill the franchise, I have some solid reasons why:

First of all, the source being LA based doesn’t add up. This movies plot is under lock and key, and only a few VIP players are privy to the information surrounding it – and their HQ is situated in London. I’m having a tough time believing that a LA based source managed to uncover such detailed plans – and supposedly knowing how it will play into future films as well? That just reeks of assumption.

Further, while next to nothing is known about the plot, Colin Trevorrow has suggested it may be moving away from the militarization of Dinosaurs. Speaking to Wired, he had this to say:

“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 weaponise it and later on we found it could be used for energy.”

The latter part of that quote suggests a different direction for the story, considering the weaponization aspect was already explored in Jurassic World.

Assuming there is some validity to the source and the report, I do have a theory on what caused it. The 2017 merchandise theme for Jurassic World is ‘Raptor Squad’ – much like ‘Dino Hybrid’ for 2016, this is a shared branding theme for license partners.

A small glimpse at 'Raptor Squad' merchandise from Licensing Expo 2016
A small glimpse at ‘Raptor Squad’ merchandise from Licensing Expo 2016

Essentially, the idea is that toys, clothes, and other merchandise can share a unified creative theme even when there are no new films for basis. The concept – which shares a lot in common with the rumor above – was developed in house at Universal by their brand division, who were not privileged to Jurassic World 2 story beats during its creation. Coincidentally, this team operates out of LA – the alleged origin of the rumor above.

On that note: the albino Velociraptor with the DBZ style ‘Scouter Visor’ is kinda awesome. I don’t really want to see that in the movies, but it would make a fun toy! Just don’t permanently weld it to the toy, dinosaurs without gear are the best kind of dinosaur. But I digress, let’s wrap this up.

Long story short: put down the torches and pitchforks, and call off the ACU. I think we’re safe.. for now.

Source: Dish Nation