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).
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.
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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