Jurassic World may be one of the most high-profile big-screen sequels to hit theaters in the next year or so, among such heavy hitters as The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Fast & Furious 7. However, the fourth entry in the dino-centric sci-fi series launched by Steven Spielberg faces an additional challenge in that the film - much like Terminator: Genesis - aims to both follow and reboot a beloved, long-running series.
Yet, with all the talk over just how much Jurassic World would function as a straight-up reboot to the franchise, director Colin Trevorrow has kept plot details to a minimum. We know that the film picks up in real time from the original disaster on John Hammond's Isla Nublar site, and one of the first film's stars has been confirmed as returning for the fourth entry. Fans recently got their first indication that the movie will feature a return to the iconic setting of the original Jurassic Park, and now we have further proof that this is where Jurassic World is headed.
Jurassic World.org has verified that these are Jurassic World concept images from the portfolio of artist Nathan Schroeder, whose other recent credits include The Avengers, Star Trek Into Darkness and the forthcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. The images depict what looks an awful lot like a completed and fully operational new park, complete with what may very well be pterodactyls soaring overhead.
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This further indication that the film will indeed feature a dinosaur-themed amusement park as a major element and (probably) the primary setting will likely receive a mixed reaction from longtime fans of the Jurassic Park series. On one hand, it appears that Jurassic World is revisiting the primary conceit of the original film rather than exploring wholly new terrain or expanding the franchises's mythos further. However, on the other hand, viewers never truly got a look at a Jurassic Park that was actually open, running and populated with guests.
If this is the approach Trevorrow is taking, it will lend new meaning to Ian Malcolm's comparison in the original film that "if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't EAT the tourists." Jurassic World could be leaning on this theme of mass hysteria, as it would elevate the scale, scope and body count of this latest film. Add to that the NOLA.com report calling for thousands of extras for the film, and it's pretty easy to guess what the narrative focus of the film will be.
Whichever shape Jurassic World takes, we now know one actor who won't be appearing the film. Knocking down fan hopes and persistent rumors, Trevorrow took to Twitter to deny that Pacific Rim star Idris Elba will star alongside Chris Pratt in Jurassic World. Here's what he had to say:
@bskipper27 I love this rumor as much as the next guy, but Idris Elba won't be joining us. The dinosaurs wouldn't stand a chance.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) March 21, 2014