The Jurassic Park franchise turns 22 next year; to mark the occasion, we’ll be getting a new installment in the sci-fi/horror/thriller series, titled Jurassic World. This chapter includes franchise newcomers in director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), and composer Michael Giacchino (Star Trek Into Darkness) – and, in a change of pace, this movie will feature an up-and-running version of the Jurassic Park establishment. Well, when the film starts, the park will be working, anyway.
A rumored plot synopsis emerged a year ago, asserting that Jurassic World takes place on present-day Isla Nublar (i.e. the island from the original movie), where John Hammond’s dream of an operational Jurassic Park has been realized at last; over the months since then, less shaky plot details and conceptual art has found its way online, all but confirming that this is still the basic premise for Trevorrow’s JP installment.
Principal photography on Jurassic World is underway (e.g. the first official set images) – and now, Trevorrow has Tweeted out an image of a patch worn by Jurassic World’s veterinary services, once again confirming that Isla Nublar is the setting for this new installment. Chances are, though, this is as revealing as it will get for Trevorrow’s social media promotion of Jurassic World - unless he decides to Tweet a pic of a solemn Pratt standing aside a dinosaur (a la Zack Snyder’s Batfleck reveal), or Howard administering medicine to a sick Triceratops.
Speaking of dinosaurs – recently, a fresh batch of Jurassic World plot rumors not only purportedly revealed a new dino that’s featured in the film, but also alluded to the existence of certain elements that are included as part of the movie’s functional dinosaur theme park and safari attraction. Late last week, supposed images of a map for the Jurassic Park featured in the Jurassic World movie made their way online on the Jurassic Park Legacy Forums (via CBM), for JP enthusiasts to analyze and dissect to their heart’s desire.
It’s possible these map pics are a fake – though, if they are, then a good deal of work has been put into making them seem like they could well show a legitimate film prop. See what you make of them, by checking over the pair of images that we’ve included below (for more, head over to the JP Legacy forums):
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These pics identify two attractions – a dinosaur petting zoo and a “Gyrosphere” that likewise brings visitors up close and personal to the dinos – that were specifically name-dropped as part of the recent unconfirmed report on the Jurassic World storyline. In addition, these photos indicate that certain familiar dinos from past installments will, in fact, be making a return appearance – because, really, what would a Jurassic Park movie be with nary a T-Rex nor Velociraptor in sight?
Mind you, that doesn’t completely rule out the possibility that this map is both a fake and the source for some of the latest claims about the film’s plot. Nonetheless, for the time being, these details (which also make reference to a genetically-spliced super-dino monster in the film) are starting to seem a bit more plausible – which, depending on how you feel about the elements being teased therein, is either discouraging, encouraging, or a mix of the two.
If nothing else, though, starting off Jurassic World with an operational Jurassic Park – one that’s owned by Irrfan Khan (Life of Pi) and counts such folk as Pratt and Jake Johnson (New Girl) among its employees – seems like a decent idea.
After all, if this film is – again – going to examine humanity’s arrogance in believing it can control nature (as Trevorrow has suggest it will), then it’s important for the dinosaur park to actually be working for some time – in order to justify why the Jurassic Park establishment was rebuilt again, after things went so badly in the past – and, in a meta sense, demonstrate why this franchise still has relevance, after two decades and the changes in the blockbuster landscape that have accompanied them. Once that’s done, though, we can get to all the fun that involves people getting chased and/or eaten by dinosaurs.
Jurassic World opens in U.S. theaters on June 12th, 2015.