Following Netflix and Disney’s lead, Universal Pictures has begun shuttering it’s live-action productions around the world including ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ over fears of the globally spreading Coronavirus COVID-19.
The spread of the Coronavirus COVID-19 was finally reclassified earlier this week by the WHO has a pandemic, with over 148,000 cases have been reported in around 140 countries and territories; more than 5,500 people have died from the disease. More and more governments are restricting travel and imposing quarantines to slow the spread of the virus.
‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ began shooting earlier this week in the London area of the United Kingdom, with the rest of the country bracing for a surge of cases, execs at the studio decided that for the safety of all those in the production, it would be best to shutdown for an unknown period of time until a better determination can be made. Other Universal productions ‘Flint Strong’ and the untitled Billy Eichner project have also gone on hiatus from Friday.
It is unclear at this time whether or not the delay will impact the June 2021 release date, Universal’s other mainstay ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise has already delayed its next entry by a year.
How do you feel about the delay? Let us know in the comments below!
The ‘Jurassic World Alive’ released their 1.8 update, which now includes Sanctuaries!
In the game, the DPG uses Sanctuaries as safe places to feed and care for prehistoric creatures. You can feed, interact, and play with any of creatures that are placed in a Sanctuary. Feeding time includes goats for the carnivores, while herbivores get bunches of greens! He’s gonna eat the goat?!
While not indicative of gameplay, the live-action CG dinosaurs in the ad are quite exciting – it’s rare for Jurassic to see film quality visuals in expanded materials, and we’ll happily take more like it! Now if only they’d feature some of the more obscure dinosaurs from the films that we didn’t get to spend as much time with. For a real look at the update, check out the images below!
The DPG has built dinosaur Sanctuaries all over the world to help DPG members protect and care for their creatures. Place your creatures in these Sanctuaries to feed, play, and interact with them, then collect their DNA. Work together with other players to improve your Sanctuaries, care for each other’s creatures, and get more rewards!
Work with other DPG members to care for the creatures to receive DNA and rewards that help level up the Sanctuaries. This allows players to get up close and personal with their dinosaurs, and build a more authentic relationship with their digital prehistoric friends. Being able to play and feed the creatures makes the Sanctuaries feel a bit like a Jurassic Tamagotchi!
In other ‘Alive’ news, the ‘Battle at Big Rock’ Allosaurus and Nasutoceratops will be coming to the game in a future release! A first look was dropped on Twitter earlier this week:
While the Nasutoceratops looks to be an incredible addition to the Jurassic roster, we’re not so sure about that “Allosaurus” – in fact there has been some speculation online that it may not be an Allosaurus at all, as it doesn’t look anything like the species in question. However, the game labels it as such, and it does match the equally non-Allosaur Mattel toy. If Big Rock does feature that design, it means the Allosaurus design attempts are 0/2, but maybe third time is the charm with Jurassic World 3?
Design issues aside, we’re even more intrigued by what Battle at Big Rock may be – from toys to game tie ins, it’s being treated more and more like the films themselves, and not just a simply web feature. Even stranger is how the external media is being released, but nothing has been officially announced. We’re not sure what is going on, but we are excited!
If you play Jurassic World Alive, are you enjoying the Sanctuaries? Also, what new features would you like to see added to the game? Let us know in the comments!
Some surprising news has caught our attention: Apparently, reports hit Irish outlets back in January that Jurassic World 3 had been filming in forested locations just outside of Dublin, and we all missed the news. Our bad. Ireland based media site Joe.ie recently sat down with Bryce Dallas Howard while promoting her role in the upcoming ‘Rocketman’ movie, when they moved the conversation to Jurassic World.
Check out the exchange below (around 4:44):
When asked if it’s true that any part of Jurassic World 3 has been filming around and in Ireland, Bryce played coy before breaking into a smile and saying “I can’t answer that question”, then breaking into a laugh that all but says there’s more to the story. “I can’t say anything” she playfully continued, before stating with with a certain confidence “I’m not saying no”.
While Bryce doesn’t outright confirm the rumours, she more or less telegraphed the answer is yes. So what are the rumours we missed back in January? Geek Ireland reports they filmed outside of Dublin, in an accessible but forested location and had this to say:
“Speaking of dinosaurs, dinosaur animatronics have been spotted at the location, meaning this Irish location will almost certainly be featured in action sequences, as opposed to simple pickups and establishing shots (it is not uncommon for movies to film such shots in separate areas from where the main action takes place). Due to the aforementioned NDA, we cannot specify which species feature just yet, but re-watching the end of Fallen Kingdom should give you a good idea. Very specific props from Fallen Kingdom have also been spied on set, indicating the presence of a character who has appeared in both previous Jurassic World films in the Irish-shot scenes.”
The fact that this all played out a few months back without more coverage or leaked images is pretty shocking, and can likely be attributed to top notch set security and what we assume was a shorter shoot schedule. It’s way too early to begin filming Jurassic World 3 in full, the script is assuredly still being written, and reports to us suggest pre-production swings into full throttle this Fall at Pinewood Studios. In fact, this might not be Jurassic World 3 at all, but the mysterious ‘Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock’.
As previously reported, Jurassic World Allosaurus and Nasutoceratops toys have hit shelves branded with “As seen in Battle at Big Rock”. ‘Big Rock’ is rumoured to be a live action short film debuting this Summer, and perhaps is a Jurassic World 3 precursor. While the existence of the live action short film is surprising, it makes more sense than Jurassic Park 6 filming in January of 2019 when it’s to release in 2021.
Update: thanks to sluething by Reel News Hawaii, some images from photojournalist Padraig O’Reilly have been uncovered, revealing that filming took place at Powerscourt Estate! Note the ‘District of Columbia’ license plate on the red van, likely confirming a US setting.
If you were planning a spot of Industrial Espionage this summer, or perhaps just want to shave like it’s 1993, then don’t worry, Chronicle Collectibles has got you covered! The replica everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived; Dennis Nedry’s Barbasol Cryocan!
Announced exclusively today by io9, Jurassic-licensee Chronicle Collectibles have again partnered with Universal Studios and Barbasol to be bring this iconic piece to life. While details are scarce for the time being, rumours are already circulating about a functional mechanism on the inside, so you can recreate Nedry’s antics at home!
Last seen disappearing into the soils of Isla Nublar, fans will remember the Barbasol Can as the discreet means of smuggling Dinosaur Embryos out of the park. Customs can even check it if they want! Given to Dennis Nedry by Biosyn’s infamous Lewis Dodgson (Does anyone care?), its mission was never completed.
Can you succeed where Nedry failed? If you’ve got an 18 minute window, sound off below!
No strangers to the Jurassic Franchise, Mondo have announced today the they will be offering Michael Giacchino’s ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ soundtrack as a 2 disc limited vinyl pressing. In record time too given the Official Release only dropped only days ago!
Mondo’s web exclusive version of this 2XLP comes pressed on either a stunning looking 180 Gram Indo-Raptor colored vinyl (Translucent Green with Orange Stripe and Yellow Splatter), or for the more reserved collector on traditional Black vinyl. Featuring original new artwork by JC Richard, this set will fit right in with Mondo’s previous Jurassic Park and World offerings.
Here’s what Mondo had to say about the score:
“JURASSIC PARK: FALLEN KINGDOM is some of the most fun we’ve had in the theaters this year. And Giacchino’s score, which returns more to his penned JURASSIC WORLD score than the John Williams’ cues that bridged the gap in the last film, is evocative of classic Universal horror and haunted house movie scores, breaking from the pack of previous JURASSIC scores. Much like the film itself, Giacchino creates a fun, fresh take on the music of the “Man creates Dinosaurs… Dinosaurs eat Man” series.”
Hey Mondo? Can we get ‘The Lost World’ and ‘Jurassic Park III’ too please? The set goes up for sale this Wednesday at Noon (CST) over at MondoTees.com
It’s a time honoured tradition for Lagoon-based theme parks to have a night-time show, and Universal Studios Florida is no exception! Previous years have seen a foray of shows hosted at the Studios Lagoon, from the high octane stunts of ‘Dynamite Nights’ all the way to iconic projection globes of ‘Universal 360’! In keeping with the Studio Setting, Universal have just announced ‘Universal’s Cinematic Celebration’.
The show will feature a brand new story, presented on panoramic water screens which will be brought to life with additional multi layer water screens, over 120 dancing fountains and projection mapping, utilising the entire waterfront and its surrounding buildings. A new, permanent viewing area for the show is also currently under construction in the Central Park area.
The show will explore popular Universal Park franchises such as Harry Potter, Despicable Me, The Fast & Furious and of course our favourite; Jurassic World.
And for Parents looking for somewhere to keep their younger Jurassic Fans after the sun has set, Loews Royal Pacific Resort have just opened their new ‘Jurassic World’ bedrooms, complete with Gyrosphere themed twin beds!
The 670 sq feet 2-bedroom kids’ suites sleep up to five, and features one king bed, two twin beds and the option of an additional rollaway bed. The kids’ side of the suite features familiar design elements inspired by the film and opens into the adults’ room via a door modeled after the dinosaur enclosure.
Planning a stay at Universal’s Orlando Resort this summer? Make everyone jealous in the comments!
The hybrid everybody loves to hate has finally arrived in Jurassic World: Evolution! That’s right folks, we have a new attraction; and it’s the Indominus Rex!
For those of you who need reminding, the Indominus was the love child of Henry Wu in Jurassic World. A killer blend of Velociraptor and T. rex, it is known infamously as the creature that took down Jurassic World!
With a bullet proof hide and psychopathic tendencies, it will surely be a force to contain in the game. Perhaps you’d better put A.C.U. on alert now?
In case you missed it, we visited Frontier’s Offices in Cambridge (Hey! Isn’t that where Nedry’s people are?) and got talk to the people building the game! Check out our video below:
Jurassic World: Evolution launches next week! Will you be playing? Comment below!
Spare no expense, and celebrate Jurassic June with a new collectible too cute to miss!
With the release of ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom‘ mere days away for some of us, the first item from the new film by Chronicle Collectibles is finally up for pre-order! Sure to be a fan favourite, Chronicle’s latest offering comes in the form of none other than Baby Blue.
Based on the flashback appearance of Blue in the new film, this life size 1:1 piece is sure to be the centrepiece of any fan’s collection, with a distinct paint application and a hyper-realistic sculpt, you could be forgiven for thinking she might actually come to life! This is a must have for any Jurassic Park fan, and is easily the most authentic chance to take home a real dinosaur from the films.
Made using direct digital assets from Industrial Light & Magic
The most screen accurate representation that will ever be made
Made out of polyresin; eyes are acrylic
Comes on an elegant smooth black base
Priced at $999 and eligible for our interest-free payment plans
“As soon as we saw the footage of Baby Blue interacting with Owen, we knew right away this was something we wanted to recreate for fans. Thanks to our great working relationship with Universal and ILM we were able to bring Baby Blue off the screen and into a real, tangible form for collectors and fans alike. This is a terrific piece to honor the legacy of Jurassic Park, which now stands at 25 years strong and has no signs of stopping!”
– Paul Francis, Creative Director
Pre-orders are live now, and as these are limited edition they’re sure to get snapped up fast! Will you be buying one for a spot of Pratt-Keeping? Sound off below!
According to the online viral campaign for Masrani Global that accompanied Jurassic World’s release in 2015, John Parker Hammond passed away shortly after the events seen in The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997.
Despite that, the legend of the entrepreneur is still alive and well more than twenty years later. In a new featurette for next month’s ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’, we see Claire Dearing in Benjamin Lockwood’s manor standing in front of a large portrait of none other than John Parker Hammond, who’s bears a striking resemblance to when we last saw him in The Lost World – though perhaps a little healthier.
While little else can be gleaned from this appearance, it’s clear that Lockwood’s relationship with Hammond, and it’s deterioration before the events of Jurassic Park, will be an interesting look back into the mythos of the franchise.
Check out the featurette below:
Accompanying this featurette comes the Production Information for the movie which is now available to view online and you can find embedded below!
While this may not offer any groundbreaking spoilers from the plot of the movie, it does give us a chance to get to know the characters before their debut as well as setting the stage for what we will see next month. Take a look below!
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!