Back in 1993, director Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park amazed moveigoers by taking them to a dinosaur theme park on the fictional island of Isla Nublar. The film was an amazing blend of wonder and horror – and despite being released in the early ’90s, the special effects do hold up. Twenty two years later, director Colin Trevorrow will attempt to wow audiences all over again by taking them back to the original island in the upcoming movie Jurassic World.
This time around, the park has been running successfully for a decade, but declining interest forces the minds in the park to do something drastic to boost ticket sales: Create a new, incredibly dangerous, and extremely frightening dinosaur. As expected, it’s just a matter of time until this deadly creation breaks free and human tourists are turned into snacks for dinosaurs. The fourth movie in the franchise will open in theaters soon enough (June 12) and it’s looking like people are expected to race to their theaters like a flock of Gallimius.
According to Variety, Jurassic World could make $100 million or more in the U.S. on its opening weekend. So far in 2015, only Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron have earned nine-figure numbers during their domestic bows. Fandago says the movie is one of its top five best sellers for early ticket sales, and Universal Pictures has been giving Jurassic World a huge push. Not only has the movie been heavily promoted as something that aims to fill audiences with awe as they think a park full of dinosaurs is real, but the studio’s also showing off plenty of the thrills with the new hybrid dinosaur, Indominus rex.
The marketing has also made a clear attempt to fill potential moviegoers with one of the most powerful feelings of them all: nostalgia. Trailers have used a piano version of John Williams’ unforgettable theme song from the original movie, the original Tyrannosaurus rex is featured in the park (complete with scars from its battle with Velociraptors), and, despite actor Richard Attenborough passing away last year, a trailer offers narration from his character, John Hammond.
Actor Chris Pratt is certainly playing a role in rising interest in the film. Thanks to his work over in TV’s Parks and Recreation, the lighthearted actor already had a following, but landing the lead role in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy earned him a ton of attention. And honestly, who doesn’t (if only secretly) want to see Star-Lord and a pack of Velocirpators take on a ridiculously formidable dino?
Whether Jurassic World will be received as better or worse than the other two Jurassic Park sequels (The Lost World and Jurassic Park III) – movies that have their fans, but are generally considered under-whelming when compared to just how good the first movie is – has yet to be seen. However, as the release date gets closer and closer, it’s only a matter of time before we get an answer to that question.
Jurassic World opens in U.S. theaters on June 12th, 2015.