RUMOUR: Orlando to Break Ground on New Jurassic Park Ride?

You might be forgiven if you forgot that Universal has a theme park in Orlando, especially with the announcement of a re-theme in their Hollywood Park, a parade debut in Japan and rumours of a Jurassic World section in Beijing. But the largest and most complete Jurassic Park ride has resided at Universal’s Islands of Adventure since 1999 and if rumours are to be believed, it’s finally getting a much needed upgrade!

With the spotlight elsewhere, Universal discretely filed a demolition permit for a 9,100 Square Foot area in the park earlier this month. This could easily be mistaken for the new ‘Harry Potter’ ride, but demolition and construction are already well underway at the site of the former ‘Dragon Challenge’ attraction, which was listed as Project 942. The new permit is listed as Project 741, a distinctly older number. Sources inside the park have hinted that area to be cleared is the former Triceratops Encounter/Discovery Trail, which closed in 2005, but was temporarily reopened in 2011 and 12 as an overflow attraction during the debut of ‘The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’. The size of the area certainly matches to that reported in the permit.

This is not the first time that Universal has filed for permits to modify the Jurassic Park area, though disappointingly those turned out to only be small changes; Carnival style booths in part of the River Adventure’s extended queue, and the Raptor Encounter in the exit to the Triceratops Encounter. Given the scale of the area, is certainly looks as though Universal is finally pushing forward with a new attraction, especially given that the former attraction has previously sat dormant for over 15 years.

At this time we can only speculate what the new attraction will be. Whispers from insiders are hinting at a coaster, perhaps in the style of Japan’s ‘Flying Dinosaur’ though at this early stage all bets are off. Prior to the park’s opening, attractions known as ‘Jeep safari’ and ‘Helicoptours’ were planned for the Jurassic Park area though were eventually written off due to budget constraints. The patches of land reserved for these attractions have since been filled by other IPs but perhaps one of them could have a resurgence on this new plot.

Demolition is set to begin on June 1st with a reported cost of $300,000. Keep your eyes peeled for more info then!

The Graham Norton Show to Host Jurassic World Special!

In the first of what is sure to be many talk show appearances, Graham Norton will host Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Ian Malcolm himself, Jeff Goldblum on his famed sofa in a Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom special this May.

It’s common for guests of the show to bring new footage with them, so keep your eyes peeled for an exclusive look from the upcoming film!

Also, did you catch the latest TV spot with a new look at the Stygimoloch? Check it out below!



The Graham Norton show airs on Friday 24th May. Will you be watching?

China Gets an Alternate Final Trailer With Extended Fallen Kingdom Footage!

Yesterday, Jurassic fans were treated with the third and final trailer for the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom which gave us an even closer look at the story and characters in the movie.

Following the trend of almost every other large franchise these days, a new extended trailer has just debuted in China with even more spoiler-heavy footage. Check it out below:

With new looks at Rafe Spall, Ted Levine Toby Jones and BD Wong as well as a few more beautiful establishing shots sprinkled in, this trailer is less of an extended version of the trailer we received yesterday and more of a creation unto itself.

I personally feel like this trailer is considerably stronger in the narrative department than previous trailers, laying out a clear and honest look at the film we will see in June. Though some might consider it a little too concise.

We have compiled over 90 screenshots from yesterday’s trailer in glorious HD for your viewing pleasure.

Which trailer do you prefer? Are you back aboard the Fallen Kingdom hype train? Sound off below!

Jurassic Park Rex to Appear in Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’

Finally answering months of speculation, a new TV spot for Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ lays to rest the debate over whether or not the film will pay homage to Spielberg’s own work with a resounding YES!

This reference to Spielberg’s portfolio of classics comes in the form of none other than the Jurassic Park Rex!

It was previously reported that Spielberg would not be referencing any of his previous films for fear of it being interpreted as vanity, thankfully however this is not the case and at least one throwback has slipped the net.

The film which is due out later this year, is based on the 2011 novel by Ernest Cline. Despite being set in the future, the novel is grounded in references to pop culture from the 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s. Other references include the time travelling DeLorean from the 1985 hit ‘Back to the Future’ and the titular ‘Iron Giant’ from Brad Bird’s animated classic.

Whilst it remains to be seen if this will be a cameo or more of a featured appearance, this will be the Jurassic Park Rex’s second appearance of the year outside of the Jurassic Park/World franchise, after the Jeep Wrangler advert that debuted at the Super Bowl earlier this month.


‘Ready Player One’ is due out on March the 29th.

A Familiar Location is Returning in Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom! (Potential Spoilers)

Well folks it looks like Nedry’s 18 minute window is open again as we finally get confirmation that Jurassic Park’s East Dock is back in business! Today’s look at the Fallen Kingdom set comes from our friends over at Reel News Hawaii.

According to Reel News, the sign was spotted at He’eia Harbor where a number of pictures cars and pyrotechnic effects were spotted in the last few weeks. Whilst the sign is almost an exact replica of the ones seen in Jurassic Park, one major difference eludes to an interesting revelation. The absence of the directional arrow and presence of the small ‘Authorized Personnel Only’ plaque tells us that this sign is actually on the Dock itself.

The East Dock was last seen way back in 1993’s Jurassic Park, albeit it only on a security monitor. Colin Trevorrow later tweeted an image of a fallen East Dock sign during the production of Jurassic World, although it’s appearance in the film was eventually cut in lieu of the Research Facility. Fans with sharp hearing may have caught a brief mention of the dock from an InGen Mercenary in the Control Room however. It certainly seems as though the East Dock has a large part to play in Fallen Kingdom.

How excited are you at the thought of seeing a little more of Jurassic Park’s heritage? Comment below!

Source: Reel News Hawaii

Jeff Goldblum chats Fallen Kingdom on the Adam Carolla Show!

Forever on someone’s couch chatting away about his latest endeavours in his velvet tones, Jeff Goldblum took some time out of his manic schedule last week to appear on the Adam Carolla Show.

Coy as always, he didn’t drop anything too spoiler-y, but he did mention he had wrapped after shooting in London for a week giving us another clue to the size of Malcolm’s contribution to Fallen Kingdom. He also notes the title announcement (with a humorous stumble in the process), his amazement at the sets built at Pinewood, as well as his respect for director J.A. Bayona. The exciting use of Malcolm’s quote from Jurassic Park; “Life Finds a Way” also gets a mention in passing.

If you’re like us, then you could happily listen to Jeff Goldblum talking all day, even if it’s not a Jurassic conversation. Listen to the whole episode at the link below.

Source: JurassiRaptor, The Adam Carolla Show

Original Rex Confirmed for Jurassic World 2 Sequel!

It’s time to visit an old friend once again! The original Tyrannosaur from Jurassic Park and Jurassic World will be returning in the highly anticipated sequel. Confirmed yesterday by Jurassic World 2 Writer/Producer Colin Trevorrow in response to a concerned fan questioning whether or not ‘Rexy’ would be returning on behalf of her young daughter.

Now that it is confirmed she is returning, we can start speculating about the sequel and how she fits in to the plot.

This confirmation of the original Rex returning more or less confirms that Isla Nublar is returning. While this may be obvious based on what we have already seen and heard, this certainly adds more credibility. In addition, it will be interesting to see if the senior-citizen Rex will return as an animatronic creature as opposed to its CGI counterpart in Jurassic World.

Let’s us know what you think about this news and if you’re excited to see the classic Rex return again!

Geraldine Chaplin joins the cast of Jurassic World 2!

In what could’ve been called an absolute certainty, Bayona-staple Geraldine Chaplin, daughter of legendary filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, has joined the ever growing cast of Jurassic World 2.

Announced today on Twitter by the Director himself, Chaplin has had roles in all 3 of his previous feature films; The Orphanage, The Impossible and A Monster Calls. Starting out with an uncredited role in her father’s ‘Limelight’, she has had a massively diverse career in English, French and Spanish cinema.

The addition of another well established actress is certainly an exciting announcement for Jurassic! Are you a fan of Geraldine Chaplin? Comment below!

 

New Trailer drops for JA Bayona’s ‘A Monster Calls’

If you’re looking for something to tide you over during this drought of Jurassic World 2 news, then getting acquainted with J.A. Bayona’s ‘A Monster Calls’ is the place to start!

A new trailer has just been released for the film which is based on the award winning children’s fantasy novel and stars Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson. Bayona is attached to direct the Jurassic World sequel, which begins production early next year.

“12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall) attempts to deal with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness and the bullying of his classmates by escaping into a fantastical world of monsters and fairy tales that explore courage, loss, and faith.”

‘A Monster Calls’ is due for release this October.