New concept art from Jurassic World reveals a much scarier Indominus Rex

The Indominus Rex went through many revisions – and names – as it was developed for 2015’s Jurassic World. As many know, the Indominus Rex was initially called the Diabolus Rex, but before that was the Malusaurus.  Thanks to concept artist Seth Engstrom, we have a look at one of her drastically different early designs!

Seth Engstrom

What I find immediately fascinating is her sail running down the back – my immediate thinking is she was part Spinosaurus rather than Tyrannosaurus at this point. The colors are also quite remincent of the JP3 Spinosaurus maquette – perhaps with a little JP3 Ceratosaurus for good measure. The nasal crest is quite curious as well, whether or not it was inspired by hybrid DNA from another creature, or simply an artistic choice is unknown. Either way, this design is incredibly cool and looks quite a bit more like a monstrous hybrid than a real dinosaur when compared to the final Indominus.

Seth Engstrom

While this version is simply a different color scheme variation of the other posted above, it does seem to have a different, protruding chameleon like eye. Either way, the art is an incredibly cool glimpse into the design process that led to the final creature we know and love in the film. Further, here are two other early iterations that ditched the fin on the back, and crest on the nose:

Seth Engstrom
Seth Engstrom

 

Check out a few other versions of the Indominus from various artists in concept art form below!

Aaron McBride via ILM
Artist unknown – via JW Blu Ray
Seth Engstrom
Artist unknown – via JW YouTube
Art via Gadget-bot

As you can see, the design fluctuated quite a bit over time – who knows what other wild iterations may exist, like the sail back designs shared by Seth Engstrom! If only Universal had released an art book – perhaps one will be made for Jurassic World 2, and will include the development of Jurassic World – as long as it’s incredibly long, detailed and filled with great images I won’t complain!

Seth also shared an early look at a Velociraptor named “Red” – many fans have speculated that this was a Velociraptor due to many toys and merchandise featuring a red Velociraptor. It’s cool to have an early glimpse at her – I really love the natural colors, and how they pop – and the inspiration from the Jurassic Park 3 design is awesome to see!

Apparently feathered designs were attempted early on, but after much debated it was decided to go retro. I think that’s best for species that are already established in the franchise, but I would certainly love to see newcomers sporting plumage in the future!

While you’re here, take a look at some other new artwork from Seth Engstrom, providing a look at a alternate park and control room design!

Be sure to check out Seth’s website here!

Unboxing the March 2017 Primal Loot Crate with a Jurassic World surprise!

Ah, Loot Crate – I’m addicted already. While this was my first foray into this popular geek delivery service, I can say it wont be my last. For those unfamiliar, Loot Crate is a monthly subscription service where you are sent a box full of surprise goodies, many of them exclusive. For March 2017, the theme was ‘PRIMAL’ and it included a very nice Jurassic World surprise! Check out the unboxing and review below:

Ok, we can safely say I won’t be making a career out of unboxing and review videos, but I think this serves its purpose well enough! I really hope Loot Crate does more Jurassic Park and Jurassic World items in the future – or even consider doing a strictly Jurassic themed crate, which is something they do for franchises like Halo. While you’re here, check out this fun video Loot Crate put together for this months box… featuring Ty Simpkins of Jurassic World!

Interested in Lootcrate? Check out their website now! You can buy the crates individually, or subscribe to receive them each month. At the low price of $15.99 a month, you really can’t go wrong! What are you waiting for, subscribe now!

Huge thanks to Loot Crate for sending this my way!

Colin Trevorrow shares first beautiful set picture from Jurassic World 2!

Welcome to Jurassic World 2. Colin Trevorrow just took to twitter to share this beautiful set photo from the upcoming installment in the Jurassic Park saga. Captioned only with “Walking in giant footsteps. #Jw2”, we’re left to speculate about what the image shows.

The image, which I originally thought was concept art or a key frame, was confirmed to be an actual still from the film by Frank Marshall. It showcases a young girl (likely “Lucy“!), looking at a hall of dinosaurs in what appears to be a very ornate mansion. The current favorite theory is perhaps this is John Hammond’s mansion, though reports of a mansion set being built for filming suggest this may actually be on one of the islands. If so, it doesn’t seem nearly aged enough to have been left abandoned for 25+ years, so it’s unlikely to be John  Hammond’s (unless the film will utilize flashbacks?)

On back  left of the photo is a small therapod dinosaur, which may possibly be a Velociraptor (though it’s hard to tell) – middle left appears to be an Edmontosaurus, and front left appears to be a Juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex/Nanotyrannus (see: Jane). Back right is a Protoceratops, followed by a Kosmoceratops, and finally closest to the frame is likely an Euoplocephalus or perhaps Edmontonia. The large skull center frame is a bit of a curiosity, but we currently speculate it’s a Agujaceratops.

This image is simply gorgeous – and it absolutely screams director J.A. Bayona’s and cinematographer Oscar Faura’s style. I can’t get over how beautiful the set, framing, composition, and lighting is. Whatever the image showcases, one thing is for sure: we’re in for a visual treat in Jurassic World 2.

As always, stay tuned and sound off in the comments below (especially if you think we made a mistake identifying some of the dinosaurs!).

Rumor: Jurassic World 2 titled ‘Jurassic World: Epoch’?

Jurassic World 2 began filming over a week ago, and while a few pictures have been shared from the shoot, nothing too substantial has hit. However, today we have a fairly big (albeit unverified) rumor: allegedly the Universal Pictures website temporarily unveiled the title of Jurassic World 2 according to Twitter user @matthewjn:

Now, by the time we caught wind of this, the website listing already changed back to  ‘Jurassic World Sequel’ – as we were unable to verify the veracity of this claim, we suggest everyone take this news with the appropriate grain of salt. With the internet it’s far too easy to spread fake rumors, and we always take leaks like this with a healthy dose of skepticism, no matter the source. That said, this isn’t the first time the word ‘EPOCH’ has been associated with Jurassic World 2.

Back in November, Ryan (who is part of our news and podcast team) caught a temporary update to JurassicWorld.com – in one of the news nodes was the word EPOCH with the silhouette of a Volcano behind it. He clicked the link, which brought him to a nonexistent page, and upon returning the node was gone. This led us to speculate about the plot of Jurassic World 2, meshing the volcano bit with recently purchased domains (AllCreaturesHaveRights.com, IslaNublarRescueMission.com, and DinosaurProtectionGroup.com).

Those domains purchased were recently corroborated by a set pictured shared by Frank Marshall:

Take note of the poster on the wall titled “#WeCanSaveThem” – seemingly showcasing the raising of funds for some unknown purpose, and then the homemade Tyrannosaur holding a sign saying “Save Our Saurs”. While we can’t be sure what the full purpose of this dinosaur protection activism and fundraising is for, it does seem to be something critical to the plot judging by the domains. Could it be to save the dinosaurs from an imminent volcanic eruption?

If so, perhaps the eruption is a significant enough event to earn the title EPOCH – defined as “The beginning of a distinctive period in the history of someone or something.” Personally, I’m not a huge fan of the title – as it stands it sounds incomplete, and doesn’t flow off of the tongue easily. However, it could make sense depending on the plot of the film (it’s worth noting it also may just be an internal placeholder name to avoid major leaks.)

The Jurassic Park franchise has been nothing if not inconsistent in titling its films, but I’m a fan of anything over simple numbering (as seen with Jurassic Park 3). Are you a fan of ‘Jurassic World: Epoch’ – and do you think it’s the actual title of the upcoming sequel? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: @matthewjn

Jurassic World 2 has begun filming – first pictures of staging area!

Welcome to Jurassic World 2.

The fifth installment of the Jurassic Park saga has begun filming today in Slough, England. We reported two days ago that the upcoming Jurassic World sequel would film on site at the Langley Business Centre today, and as expected activity in the area has kicked into gear. While we do not know what’s being filmed today, we do have pictures of the staging area and the “Picture Vehicle Department”.

As you can see, it’s using the ‘Ancient Futures’ working title, rather than outright calling it Jurassic World – but it’s quite obvious what film it is with that font! Interestingly, as the sign points out, this is the “Picture Vehicle Department”, which presumably is a warehouse filled with Jurassic World themed vehicles. This would possibly explain why someone said they saw a helicopter on site earlier:

We were told the production began working in the area about two months ago, seemingly building a soundstage in one of the warehouses (as lots of jungle and forest greenery was seen on location). This is almost assuredly in a different building than the vehicle department pictured, and is likely where they are filming today (though perhaps the buildings are attached). Whatever is happening there remains a mystery, but hopefully J.A. Bayona or someone else involved with the production will give us official details soon!

Until then, check out the rest of the images below, and keep your eyes peeled to our social feeds for updates!

     

     

Breaking: Jurassic World 2 begins filming Thursday, Feb. 23rd in Slough, England!

Hold on to your butts! We’ve just learned (via a now deleted Twitter post) that Jurassic World 2 (under the working title ‘Ancient Futures’) will begin filming this Thursday (February 23rd, 2017) at the Langley Business Centre! The business center that will be home to filming is situated in Slough, a large town in Berkshire, England which is about 20 miles away from London. The owners of businesses in the center were sent letters from the production, preparing them for the upcoming filming – take a look below!

Langley filming notice (private contact details omitted)

Filming appears to be for 1 day only – however the letter says 11 more days are planned in the same location on to-be-determined dates in the future. It sounds like it will be a more simple, abbreviated shoot, with no mention of prep work – simply some larger vehicles showing up on-site Wednesday, the 22nd. Also of note, the letter confirms filming will continue well into June, and is not ending at the start of the month.

Unit 7 Langley Business Centre

The fact that this is filming for only one day, only to later resume filming at the same location sometime in the future is a curious affair. Normally, the locations needs will be shot all at once, to minimize travel and setup complications. That fact that they are isolating a 1 day shoot in a location they plan to later return to must be for a good reason, and perhaps the reason is the talent and content involved. If a key actor needed to film some early scenes, which were to be referenced throughout the rest of the shoot, it may be important to lock them in first. However, if the actors schedule was tight and they had other commitments, they may need to split the shoot like so. It may just be wishful thinking on my part, but the name ‘Jeff Goldblum’ keeps sounding off in my head…

This news is incredibly exciting – Jurassic World 2 aka Jurassic Park 5 is finally about to start filming! Will the production share photos or videos from the first day of shooting, and will we finally get the official title of the upcoming sequel? I’m not holding my breath, but I am still hopeful, and fully expect some images to surface from the shoot! Until then, let’s all admire how cool the working title ‘Ancient Futures’ looks on the letterhead!

Stay tuned – additional news, including more about this shoot, is surely inbound! Jurassic World 2 films at Pinewood Studios in London, as well as Minley, Surrey, Hawaii, and Breacon Becons, Wales!

BD Wong teases his return in Jurassic World 2 with Velociraptor selfie from Pinewood Studios!

Finally our speculation about BD Wong’s return as Dr. Henry Wu in the upcoming Jurassic World sequel can be out at ease. After months of coyly denying his involvement, and only a hint that he may return from Frank Marshall, BD Wong took to Instagram to seemingly confirm his involvement in Jurassic World 2 with a bang (or should I say roar?).

#rawr

A post shared by BD Wong (@wongbd) on

This picture is tagged to Pinewood Studios – the very place where Jurassic World 2 will be filming, and home of its current production offices. As far as I can tell, the Velociraptor in the picture is one of the 1:1 busts created by Legacy Effects for Jurassic World (this very one being Blue if I am not mistaken).  While it’s possible it represents a Velociraptor in Jurassic World 2, I think it’s simply a really cool prop making its home in the production offices.

Bust of Blue made for Jurassic World (2015) by Legacy Effects

I’m thrilled that we can finally rest knowing BD Wong will return as Dr. Henry Wu – he is perhaps the character I am most interested in learning more about, and I know other fans feel similarly. He joins Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Toby Jones, and Rafe Spall in the highly anticipated Jurassic Park sequel.

Just where did Dr. Wu go at the end of Jurassic World?

Jurassic World 2 is expected to begin filming in just two weeks, so stay tuned as more news is sure to come!

Toy Fair 2017: New Jurassic World VRSE Headset & Game coming this Fall!

Toy Fair 2017 has officially kicked off in New York City, and while it appears neither Mattel or Lego have anything Jurassic World there, a company called  Skyrocket Toys has filled the void. While little is known about the product, Newsday unveiled the set in their article about the hot new 2017 Toy Fair items.

Jurassic World VRSE: A virtual reality system from Skyrocket provides a 360-degree experience that brings to life the Jurassic World adventure. The set comes with a VR headset, motion controller with a case and a free downloadable game. For ages 8 and older. $59.99, available fall 2017

UPDATE – new pictures and info (via pocket-lint.com at London Toy Fair) :

Early prototypes from London Toy Fair

“We got to try one of the VRSE virtual reality headsets on Vivid’s stand at Toy Fair but because the design was not finalised, couldn’t bring you our own pictures. However, we still thought it worth of inclusion as the headsets and, specifically, the licensed games are good quality.

There will be two in the initial range, based on Jurassic World and Batman. Each will cost £70, which gets you the headset, a themed Bluetooth controller and an app download. You use either and Android or iOS smartphone in the visor to provide the screen.

Where we think VRSE differs from most other “toy” VR devices we’ve seen in the past is in the content. We had a brief go at an early build of the Jurassic World app and there are several mini-games and experiences included – with actual gameplay and thought gone into them. It’ll be available in July so we’ll take a more in-depth look closer to the time.”

Images from New York Toy Fair

Unfortunately there are no other details at this time, but it’s intriguing to note that this isn’t just a viewing experience like the past Jurassic World VR game – this has a controller, and gives the player the ability to move around. A long while back we heard that a Jurassic World VR experience was being created to allow players to visit the open parks dinosaur exhibits, and while we have no idea if this rumor was true, perhaps it was indeed tied to this item.

Judging by the included controller, the free game experience must be simple in play mechanics, and is unlikely to be related to the ‘Jurassic World Survivor‘ game by Perfect World Entertainment. Check back often, as more details surface we will be sure to share! Skyrocket Toys is at booth 3019 at New York Toy Fair, so if you can visit them, take pictures, ask for more details, and relay them all our way!

Special thanks to Andrew Lappin on Facebook for sending this our way!

Source: Newsday

James Cromwell joins the cast of Jurassic World 2!

Following the addition of Ted Levine only 6 days ago, the Jurassic World 2 cast continues to take shape, adding James Cromwell to its impressive roster. This news was broke first by The Hollywood Reporter, who provided no further details on the role he will be playing.

 (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Humane Society)

James Cromwell is perhaps best known for his role as Warden Hal Moores in ‘The Green Mile’ though many may also know him from his Oscar nominated role in ‘Babe’ as Farmer Arthur Hogget. His past lineup of films and television shows is nothing short of impressive, from ‘L.A. Confidential’, ‘I, Robot’, and ‘Deep Impact’ to ‘ER’, ‘The Young Pope, and ‘American Horror Story’, in which he earned an Emmy for the latter.

There are no details about who he’ll be playing, or if he’ll be ‘good’, ‘bad’, or somewhere in between – but make no mistake that whatever role he’s playing, he’ll do fantastic job! Not much is known about InGen or Masrani Global, but I could see him heading either company after the passing of John Hammond and Simon Masrani. Time will tell, and we’ll be sure to keep our ears open for more details.

James Cromwell joins Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, and Rafe Spall. BD Wong is also heavily rumored to return, though has yet to be formally confirmed. The newest Jurassic park sequel starts filming soon in London – in fact, much of the cast are already onsite and living in their trailers!

Are you excited by this latest news? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned! We may have a new filming location scoop coming your way soon…

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Ted Levine (Silence of the Lambs) joins the cast of Jurassic World 2!

As Jurassic World 2 gears up to film in just a few short weeks, the upcoming sequel has shown no signs of slowing down when it comes to adding cast members. Variety just exclusively revealed that Ted Levine has joined the cast, though have no details on the role he will be playing.

Ted is a fantastic actor, with a large pedigree of projects under his belt, perhaps best known from his role of the troubled and twisted ‘Buffalo Bill’ in ‘Silence of the Lambs’. Some of Ted’s other films include ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘American Gangster’ and has also had staring roles in TV shows such as ‘Monk’ and ‘The Bridge’.

Ted has played a variety of roles, and can play a fantastic pessimist – whether he’s filling an antagonistic role remains to be seen, but I certainly could imagine him spearheading InGen’s exploits. On the contrast, I could see being quite outspoken against dinosaurs and perhaps even filling an Malcolm like role. A third option that occurs, however unlikely, is that he may be filling and recasting the shoes of Lewis Dodgson – something long awaited since the first Jurassic Park film.

Ted Levine joins Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, Toby Jones, Daniella Pineda, Rafe Spall and BD Wong. The fifth Jurassic Park film has already amassed a fantastic cast, but the story remains shrouded in mystery. I’m pleased that nothing has leaked, but I do hope Universal roars in with some official details soon.

Are you excited with the cast so far? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for the latest news!

Source: Variety