How the world of Hollywood filmmaking has changed, over the twenty years that’ve passed since Jurassic Park was originally released in theaters; and, in the process, endeared a generation of moviegoers to the joys of watching ancient world beasts devour hapless people in the present-day. (Not to mention, the power of the (Jeff) Goldblum.)
Director Steven Spielberg’s classic tentpole – based on the late Michael Crichton’s novel about what happens when humanity misuses science (and nature rears its ugly head in response) – gave rise to two sequels, both of which turned out profitable despite getting a far more lukewarm reception overall. Hence, part of the reason that a fourth installment has been struggling to get off the ground for more than a decade.
The current incarnation of Jurassic Park 4 – now officially titled Jurassic World – is being directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), from a revised script that he and screenwriter Derek Connolly are putting together (based on an earlier draft written by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes co-writers, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver). So far, Iron Man 3 and Insidious 1 & 2 kid actor Ty Simpkins is the only cast member to have been confirmed for the sci-fi film.
Hypable is reporting that Jason Schwartzman is also being groomed for a role in Jurassic World, though more exact details have yet to be unveiled. The actor is known for his roles as gum-chewing Gideon Graves in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, the (sorta) P.I. Jonathan Ames on HBO’s defunct Bored to Death TV series, and many a quirky character in the world of Wes Anderson. Schwarzman’s upcoming projects include the glimpse behind the Mary Poppins curtain, in Saving Mr. Banks, in addition to the latest Anderson shindig (The Grand Budapest Hotel) and a welcome low-key offering from director Tim Burton, with the memoir Big Eyes.
Schwartzman’s publicists have refrained from commenting on the story thus far. That, as Bleeding Cool points out, is enough for the time being to suggest that the actor, if nothing else, was either approached by and/or met with the producers about Trevorrow’s Jurassic Park movie. Whether or not he will actually wind up signing on the dotted line, remains to be determined.
Unfortunately, a previous rumor that fan-favorite Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) is also headed to Jurassic World appears to have been nothing but hot air. On the positive side, it would seem that laudable stars Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation) and Josh Brolin (Oldboy) are currently in the midst of talks to join Round 4 in the battle for survival between dinosaurs and humans. The same goes for whipper-snapper Nick Robinson, who broke out earlier this year in the indie feature, The Kings of Summer.
Previous Jurassic Park installments featured underage stars, in combination with reputable actors/actresses who otherwise tend to shy away from mainstream fare (see: Laura Dern, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy). In that regard, Schwarzman and his potential Jurassic World costars aren’t a huge break from traditional hiring on the franchise. Question is, will the plot – whether it revolves around an operational version of Jurassic Park or something else altogether – be able to revitalize the formula wrung-dry by the last two movies; and thus, give the cast something worthwhile to do with its talent?
Jurassic World opens in U.S. theaters on June 12th, 2015.