‘Jurassic World’, ‘Terminator: Genesis’ & ‘Fantastic Four’ Start Dates Revealed

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jurassic world start date Jurassic World, Terminator: Genesis & Fantastic Four Start Dates Revealed

Studios are (extremely) hesitant when it comes to investing heavily in big-budget titles that are not based on a pre-established property nowadays, with rare exceptions like the anime/giant monster genre homage Pacific Rim. There’s no guarantee that a visit back to an old well shall prove fruitful in terms of financial returns (see: The Lone Ranger), but the prospect of creating a successful franchise reboot that has artistic merits and box office muscle to boot (see: Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is too strong a temptation for your average executive to pass – especially since “originality” doesn’t always sell big, as illustrated by the top 10 grossing titles in the U.S. in 2013 (all being sequels and/or reboots, save for Gravity and Frozen).

Point being, if you’re wondering why we are getting new installments in the currently 21-year old Jurassic Park franchise and the 30-year old Terminator franchise in the year 2015 (along with a reboot of Fantastic Four) – that’s your answer. Moving on…

Jurassic World is a “soft” reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, in the sense that it will maintain continuity with the previous films (picking up in real-time after the original movie), but also feature an all-new human cast. Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox’s Fantastic Four movie will be a complete (read: “hard”) reboot of the Marvel superhero/comic book-based property; one that appears to be part of a forming shared universe, in combination with the upcoming X-Men titles Days of Future Past and Apocalypse (with the paths of both franchises converging in an X-Men/F4 crossover one day… maybe).

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As for Terminator: Genesis from Paramount and awards-favorite Annapurna Pictures (American Hustle), it si the next installment in the Terminator series and supposed to kickoff a new standalone film trilogy. However, the sci-fi/horror franchise’s traditional reliance on the time-travel plot devise gives us reason to wonder if the movie will simply (dangerous word that) wipe the slate clean, like what J.J. Abrams did for Star Trek with his 2009 movie reboot.

Production Weekly has revealed that all three of the aforementioned 2015 releases will begin filming in Louisiana, either in spring or summer 2014. Originally, it was reported that director Josh Trank (Chronicle) would be beginning principal photography on the F4 reboot by September 2013, but additional script rewrites and a prolonged casting process (no stars have been confirmed yet, but people are in talks) contributed to the project being pushed back; as such, it’s now slated to begin shooting on March 31st, in Baton Rouge.

By comparison, Genesis (a.k.a. just Terminator) has filled three major roles already – Arnold Schwarzenegger as the titular cyborg killing machine, Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as human Sarah Connor and Jason Clarke (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as the grown-up version of her son John – with screen tests for the final piece to the puzzle (John’s father Kyle Reese) slated to begin this week, well ahead of director Alan Taylor (Thor: The Dark World) getting the cameras rolling on April 21st, 2014, in New Orleans.

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Finally, Jurassic World is slated to begin production on Louisiana sound stages on June 2nd, with a cast that includes Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation) and – going by the latest signs – Ty Simpkins (Iron Man 3) and Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy), among others. Last year, the project was delayed from a 2014 release in order to give director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) the necessary time to oversee some major revisions to the script, but there shouldn’t be any additional unexpected stops on the film’s trip down the production pipeline hereon out (*knock on wood*).

Which of these projects are you most excited for? Least excited for?


Jurassic World opens in theaters on June 12th, 2015, followed by Fantastic Four a week later on June 19th.

Terminator: Genesis arrives in theaters on July 1st, 2015.

Source: Production Weekly

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  1. I have started reading the first Jurassic Park novel and it’s… so much more than the movie was. A classic movie, no doubt, but the book contains so much more depth, detail and spot on visions of the future (the book’s from 1990?), the movie turns bleak in comparison.
    So I hope they sort of do a reboot, staying closer to the actual Michael Crichton story, and that could turn into something very powerful.

    • Jurassic Park is both my favorite movie and book. The book, like you said, provided such a deep story of adventure and excitement. It essentially put people in a modernized Cretaceous period. I’m really hoping Jurassic World will key in on the beauty and majesty of it all. Jurassic Park 3 was easily the worst of the movies because it took away the wonder and awe-inspiring nature of dinosaurs and gave them the SyFy channel treatment, turning them into monsters. It did raise some points that can give the movie a plot, however. The Spinosaurus wasn’t on the list of dinosaurs that InGen was breeding, so why did they breed it? I want to start learning some secrets about InGen, but I also want the same feeling of “wow” that the first movie gave me. I want to see new areas of the island that we didn’t get to see, but I also want to see the easily recognizable places (The Visitor Center, the broken T-Rex fence with the abandoned cars, Nedry’s wrecked Jeep). This movie really has the potential to be something amazing, and I hope that they do more with it than make it a monster survival movie.

  2. I hope they explain the Robots end game and motivations, and finally show us when they created time travel and the robots from previous films going back.

  3. I’m more into JP and TG than the F4. The rumours about the poor casting choices so far, have made me lose faith on that movie. Probably the studio has to film it because they don’t want to lose the rights.

    • That’s the only reason Fantastic Four is happening so Fox can keep their filthy hands on it and taint it for more years to come.

      • I eagerly await the release of any and all X-men movies, and if there is a natural (and orginal) way to incorporate the Fantastic Four, I’m all for it. However, given what’s been done with previous installments of the flabbergastic snore, I wouldn’t put a lot of stock into the franchise being revitalized(or should I say vitalized?).
        I have fond memories of the original Jurassic Park and Terminator movies, but those cash cows have both been milked more than a wet nurse at a chinese hospital. With both movies almost two years away I can already confidently say if I see either, it will be from being rented/streamed.

  4. Excited about TG. Hoping F4 won’t happen.
    Jp im indifferent…

  5. Excited about all but mostly terminator genesis because arnie Is returning, but the casting all round Is solid.

  6. I’m excited for all of them. I’m just thankful Godzilla didn’t get pushed to 2015. But at least they’re taking the time to do Jurassic Park!!!

  7. Originality doesn’t sell ‘big’ because there aren’t many original films being backed by risk-averse, profit-motivated studios which have all the marketing and buy out as many screens as they can, forcing smaller, more original films out of cinemas.

  8. Jurassic World and Terminator: Genesis are going to be epic, both franchises have had their hits and their recent failures so its time for a fresh reboot.

    Fantastic four however, … I’m really not bothered, you would have been better off reporting on Mad. Max, now that’s a reboot I’m looking forward to. I’m really hoping they will stick to cannon and have Max’s leg in a brace and flashbacks to the original films (reshot with the new actor)