The rumors are true – the Jurassic Park river adventure attraction, beloved by many at both Universal Studios Hollywood and its sister park, Universal Studios Orlando, will be leaving the original park this fall. Replacing it? A brand new Jurassic World attraction!
Universal Studios Hollywood announced the departure of the original ride on the Twitter on May 10th, with a short video saying that “extinction is coming”, but that, as we all know, “life finds a way”. The video, featuring promotional clips from Jurassic Park: The Ride and footage of a CGI tyrannosaurus rex, detailed not only the closing of the original ride, but the opening of a brand new Jurassic World section of the park.
The video did not give any details about the Jurassic World attraction itself, but announced that it will be coming to Universal Studios Hollywood sometime in 2019. The Jurassic Park: River Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando will remain unchanged.
Jurassic World is coming to the Park in 2019! Experience Jurassic Park: The Ride before it goes extinct! pic.twitter.com/sYt5s1Jm86
According to the announcement, the last day of operation for Jurassic Park: The Ride will be September 3rd, 2018, so local folks, ride it while you can! And stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for more updates in the future.
What do you think about this new Jurassic World attraction? Are you excited for it? Are you sad to see the original Jurassic Park attraction go? Let us know in the comments below!
As the countdown to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom gets ever shorter, LEGO has joined the number of companies releasing new promotional material for the film, dropping a new set of “choose your own adventure” videos themed around the film!
The child-friendly videos simplify the basic plot of the new film, revolving around Owen Grady and his quest to “Rescue Blue”, before the volcano on Isla Nublar erupts and disaster strikes. Viewers are given the option of making various decisions for Owen, whether it’s which mode of transportation to use to escape a dinosaur or how to get off the island, all leading up to the final conclusion.
The adventures come in thirty to sixty second increments, with each choice either leading to disaster – like crashing a truck or getting shot in the foot with a dart gun – or continuing the story on to its conclusion. But don’t worry; if you choose the disastrous option, the ends of each video allow you to remedy your choice to continue the adventure. No use of the “previous page” button necessary!
The videos also feature Claire and new Fallen Kingdom character Franklin (as played by Justice Smith) in non-speaking roles, along with several recognizable dinos, including a carnotaurus and dilophosaurus!
Counting the disastrous options, the “short film” is split into seven videos, totaling about five minutes and thirty seconds, and all are available to view on LEGO’s YouTube channel. Check out the first one below, and take your own adventure!
It’s official: we now have a release date for the third film in the Jurassic World franchise! Set to be released on June 11, 2021, this third film has fans everywhere excited. However, the announcement of a third film begs one very large, very important question:
Who’s going to direct it?
Who can bring about those classic Jurassic Park sensibilities and inject those intense elements that fans love so dearly, while still putting their own mark on the film? By no means is directing a franchise of such a large caliber an easy job, but there are many directors out there who have proved that they are more than capable of reining in a few wayward dinos (and a few more wayward actors).
But, it takes something special to create a truly unique film that appeals to everybody, and with the clear sign that diverse movies sell well, it’s high time that the directors and stars of a franchise as big as Jurassic World change to reflect the vast fanbase.
So, we present (in no particular order), a list of five diverse, talented people I believe would serve the Jurassic franchise well:
Arguably the biggest name on this list, DuVernay is one of the spearheads of a new era of Hollywood blockbusters: those that are diverse, and tell diverse stories. And that’s exactly what the Jurassic franchise needs. While we’ve always had women at the forefronts of these tales, and they’re certainly not just there to look pretty, bringing someone like DuVernay in could open up endless opportunities to put people of color in the spotlight in one of the biggest film franchises in history. From the success of films like Black Panther, it’s clear that diverse films sell, and it feels like it’s time for the Jurassic franchise to catch up.
Projects like Selma prove that DuVernay has the determination and the intense ardor needed to create a great film, as well as tell a story that it is far more than what it seems to be on the surface. DuVernay is devoted to creating a n entire experience within her films – an admirable quality that gives her a seat at the table of Hollywood’s best contemporary directors.
And of course, the director’s previous work shows excellent examples of the whimsy and nostalgia that everyone feels when they watch (or rewatch) the original Jurassic Park – just look at what we’re expecting to see from A Wrinkle in Time. DuVernay tells very human stories while balancing it with the magic we all want to feel, and could bring something totally different to Jurassic World 3 that would change the game entirely.
Having won awards from both the Cannes and Sundance Film Festivals for her films, Karyn Kusama certainly has the experience necessary to helm a Jurassic film with the poise and determination it takes to make a great film.
Her work on the horror-comedy Jennifer’s Body is highly underrated, and like DuVernay, Kusama is a woman of color who could bring a much-needed lens of diversity to the film. (When making her debut, Girlfight, she insisted that the protagonist be Latina rather than whitewashed to become a white actress’ star vehicle.) And, in addition to that, Kusama’s roots in horror with works like Jennifer’s Body and The Invitation can lend an unsettling quality to the Jurassic films – one that could bring the grit back around that Crichton’s original novels offer so effectively.
Kusama’s work with female-centric works like Girlfight, her breakout film, and the all-female horror anthology XX, also indicate a perspective that the Jurassic franchise could use. The idea of strong, independent, Sexy Lamp Test-passing females has been a staple of the films for the past twenty-five years, but we could always use more. Third film’s the charm, right?
Ana Lily Amirpour
Amirpour is perhaps best known for her 2014 vampire drama, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, as well as 2016’s The Bad Batch, a post-apocalyptic story featuring Keanu Reeves, Jason Momoa, and a one-armed Suki Waterhouse. She’s straight and to-the-point with her storytelling – there’s no creatively masking violence or insecurity, and the directness helps to build the brave new worlds her characters exist in and interact with.
Her work is delightfully bizarre, but also carries with it a heavy sense of sharpness and honesty that few other filmmakers can display in such intense genre films. She tells compelling stories using the bare minimum amount elements, and it’s clear that she knows exactly what she’s trying to achieve with each new project.
Amirpour only has two feature-length credits to her name – plus a directing credit on an upcoming episode of Legion – but other franchises have had clear success pulling directors from small, indie film backgrounds (see: Taika Waititi’s successful turn directing Thor: Ragnarok) and Amirpour’s style is perhaps exactly what the franchise needs. A bit strange, more than a bit dramatic, and pointedly different.
Sarah Adina Smith
Sarah Adina Smith is a woman known for her off-the-wall takes on the human psyche and the human experience. These tales have won several awards, including multiple Best Film awards for 2014’s The Midnight Swim, the story of three women unable to let go of the death of their mother. Off-the-wall is precisely what the Jurassic films need to continue pushing the envelope of the sci-fi genre, so why not put Smith in the driver’s seat?
Like Amirpour, Smith is also directing an upcoming episode of Legion, suggesting her propensity for stretching the limits of audiences’ imaginations to create an unbelievable world of sci-fi and fantasy – much like Michael Crichton did when he originally published Jurassic Park.
The indie director says that her approach to film is not intentionally unconventional – in an interview with Daily Dead, she said that “it’s all about listening and seeing what [the] movie wants to be, and letting the movie have a life of its own, and letting it dictate where it wants to go, and being less controlling about the process”. What would happen if she were made head of a large film like Jurassic World 3? Perhaps the story would go in a direction that no one ever imagined it could go, slipping down a rabbit hole that could reinvigorate the entire franchise with something fresh and different.
Many of the women on this list are those who work in horror and have no qualms with getting their hands dirty to make a good film. Julia Ducournau has perhaps the dirtiest, bloodiest history of any of these directors, diving straight into body-horror with her first film. But, that type of blood, sweat, and tears in her work betrays a true, deep humanity that could lend incredibly well to the characters in Jurassic World, making them more than simply characters in an action film.
Her breakout film, Raw, examines the human condition through a very inhuman lens, taking the audience to new extremes to discuss something very close to them. Ducournau’s narrative of a teenage cannibal at veterinary school deconstructs the way people – specifically women – are looked at and how society treats them, turning a genre film from simply something that makes viewers faint to a dark commentary on social politics.
Cannibalism and dinosaurs aren’t exactly the same thing, but Ducournau’s method of storytelling is one that could apply well to the Jurassic franchise. The politics of genetic cloning and animals rights are being hotly debated in today’s society, and offering someone like Ducournau the opportunity to take the reins of a big budget sci-fi franchise could take audiences down a yellow brick road of genre horror – replacing the glitter on the audience’s ruby slippers with a bit of blood, of course.
What do you think? Who are your picks to direct the third Jurassic World installment? Let us know in the comments below!
Jurassic World seems to have quite the presence at New York City’s Toy Fair this year, with news and merchandise announcements pouring in left and right.
In addition to the announcement of Mattel’s Fallen Kingdom line from earlier, the franchise also has multiple figures on display at the Toy Fair, as seen below. Figures displayed include some of the new Fallen Kingdom action figures, including sculpts of the stygimoloch (or “stiggy”, as it’s being called on the product packaging) and carnotaurus that fans saw in the trailer.
No information has been released on when these toys will be available, but they certainly look gorgeous, and it seems like there will be a wide variety of products coming to us very soon.
The official Jurassic World social media accounts have also been previewing some of the merchandise, with cameos from Bryce Dallas Howard herself, who attended the fair to promote the new products.
By the looks of it, everything from Lego sets to new Jurassic World-themed fashion has been put on display at the Toy Fair, with several sneak peeks available on the official JW Instagram story.
News on the new young adult novel centered on Claire Dearing has also been released! Bryce Dallas Howard previewed the novel’s cover on the official Jurassic World Instagram, and we now know the official title of the novel: Jurassic World: The Evolution of Claire.
A full synopsis of the novel has also been released along with the cover:
Freshman year in college is full of obstacles one must learn to overcome – messy roommates, dining hall food, and cranky professors are just a few. Never has a student added, “How to properly avoid being eaten by a dinosaur,” to her list of freshman year complications, but Claire Dearing isn’t just any student.
The year is 2004. The future theme park, Jurassic World, is currently under construction. Nineteen-year-old Claire Dearing, the multi-tasking, self-possessed heroine of Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, has chosen to spend her summer interning with the Masrani Corporation on Isla Nublar following her freshman year in college. The result is a pulse-pounding coming of age story set against the backdrop of Jurassic World advancing towards its opening day.
The story begins with Claire as she starts her internship with laser-focused goals set on bettering the lives of all animals worldwide. While exploring the island, and performing various theme park/dinosaur-related tasks, Claire quickly forms a tight bond with her fellow interns while also making a name for herself amongst the senior members of the Jurassic World staff. It isn’t long before romance sparks between her and a fellow student, which leaves Claire conflicted once a larger, and more sinister plot develops, forcing her to question the motives of everyone on the island.
Over the course of a thrilling mystery full of intrigue and suspense, this novel details the origins of Claire’s nuanced character in a rich and complex way, allowing the reader to witness the transformative moment when Claire begins constructing walls around herself, and steps forward as the guarded character we meet in the first Jurassic World film.
In addition to books and toys, Jurassic World also released news of upcoming Fallen Kingdom Pop! Funkos. Funko announced the release of three new Fallen Kingdom collectible figures on their Twitter, in addition to showing them at the fair. Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, and Blue will all be available for purchase in May.
Stay tuned for a detailed first-hand write up of all the new Jurassic World merchandise, featuring HD photos and videos of all the new products!
Entertainment Weekly has released an early, exclusive look at the toys that are set to be released by Mattel, inspired by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Highlights of the toy line include a three-foot long, articulated Super Colossal T-Rex, an assortment of story pack playsets featuring scenes from the film, and several dino sculpts modeled authentically after the film’s dinos. The products range in design and target demographics, stretching from Hatch’n’Play dinosaurs for younger children (featuring models of a t-rex, triceratops, stygimoloch, and Baby Blue) to a t-rex anatomy kit for older ones.
Images of some of the new products can be seen below, and Mattel has certainly gone all out with their product range.
This announcement comes on the heels of Bryce Dallas Howard’s appearance on the Today Show on February 15th to preview Mattel’s Fallen Kingdom Barbie doll line that will also be released.
More details on Mattel’s toys and other Fallen Kingdom merchandise are set to come later, but what do you think about these new toys? Will you be purchasing any? Let us know in the comments below!
Our first look at packaging art for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom products is here!
Several listings for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom products showed up in a recent PEZ sales brochure, including several listings of dinosaur-shaped PEZ dispensers featuring the likenesses of Tyrannosauruses and raptors, as well as the dilophosaurus and mosasaurus.
However, the stand out of these listings is that of the packaging’s key art, which features a profile image of Blue, along with the grittier Fallen Kingdom version of the Jurassic World logo and a background image of an erupting volcano.
This design seems to be the general format for other products – such as those being released by LEGO and Mattel – with Blue being the centerpiece for all of the packaging.
And, since that is the case, this marks the first time that a Tyrannosaurus or other large, headlining dino (like the spinosaurus from Jurassic Park III) has not been the focus of packaging art for the franchise. The art for Jurassic World (pictured below) featured a head-on image of the Tyrannosaurus, as well as the sleeker, blue and silver version of the JW logo.
What this means for the franchise and products yet to come, we have yet to find out, but a different turn is always exciting.
Let us know your thoughts on the packaging in the comments below and on our forums!
With the massive influx of games available for iPhones and Androids that have flooded the market in the past few years, new board games seem to be coming few and far between. But, Jurassic fans are in luck: as reported by Cinapse on Twitter, Mondo Games has just announced the upcoming release of a new Jurassic Park board game!
The game was announced at MondoCon 2017 in Austin, Texas, on November 4th. Titled Jurassic Park: The Chaos Gene, it looks to be an officially licensed Jurassic Park product, joining the ranks of Mondo’s previous Jurassic Park releases.
Mondo is known for its screen-printed posters and artwork of cult classic and contemporary films and TV shows, as well as its toys and vinyl film soundtracks. They also run popular film blog Birth.Movies.Death. in conjunction with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas.
From the photos released by Cinapse, we can tell that the game is going to be a four-player, asymmetrical board game – meaning simply that different players in the game will have significantly different capabilities, resulting in a unique gameplay experience. (For example, in the card game Raptor, one player is a mother raptor trying to protect her young, while the other is a scientist trying to capture the babies.)
In addition, we know that Mondo Games’s Luke Byers is the head of design for the game, along with Joe van Wetering, Joe Wiesch, Jay Shaw, and Matthew Woodson, with Woodson functioning as the game’s illustrator.
According to Eric Vespe, the playable characters are include InGen, Park Guests, and a pack of three Velociraptors. At the moment, no design or plot-related information about the game has been released outside the MondoCon panel, but we will be sure to update as it is released.
Finally, while not related to the upcoming board game, Mondo has announced a few other future Jurassic Park items. These range from a Tyrannosaurus and hatching baby raptor tiki mug set, or the upcoming T.rex and Velociraptor ‘Mondoids’. To learn more about these, be sure to hit up Cinapse who covered the panel where they were announced.
Looks like the market for Jurassic Park collectibles is expanding – Iron Studios, a collectibles company based in Brazil, has acquired the license to produce official Jurassic Park products!
The company announced the upcoming release of their first Jurassic Park products with a video on their Facebook page, simulating the inside of one of the tour Jeeps from the original film, captioned simply with, “Park will open in December.”
On their website, the studio describes themselves as “a developer and producer of highly detailed collectible figures…the first Brazilian company with 100% official products aimed at collectors”. Currently, the studio also produces officially licensed collectibles for DC Comics, Star Wars, and Marvel Comics, geared towards “fans passionate about their favorite pop culture characters and the hobby of collecting”.
The first pieces of Iron Studios’ Jurassic Park collection will be unveiled in December at Comic-Con Experience (CCXP) in Brazil, one of the largest comic conventions in the world. The studio is working closely with Universal Pictures to create a exciting presentation that will do justice to the legacy of the franchise.
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While the first items to be released will be from the original film, the studio is open to producing collectibles from other Jurassic Park films – including Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom – in the future. No word yet on what characters will be featured in this first release, but since Iron Studios primarily produces human figures, perhaps fans can expect to see something of the original trio from the first film.
Iron Studios wants you to know they are huge fans of the Jurassic Park franchise, and are investing a lot of time and effort in the project to make the best products possible for fans. More information on the collection will be released on the studio’s Facebook page in the coming weeks as CCXP rolls around.
Are you excited about these new products? What collectibles are you hoping to see? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned for updates!