Jurassic World, the fourth film in the Jurassic Park series (that largely ignored the previous two sequels, especially the third), was a smash success at the box office when it was released in June of last year. The movie was able to domestically gross $652,270,625—and even more impressively $1,670,400,637 worldwide. All of this profit was based on a 150 million dollar budget, so yeah. They made money. A lot of money. Not that it was undeserved, because general consensus was that both critics and audience liked it. It’s not surprising, then, that word has gotten out of the inevitable sequel going into pre-production. (more…)
The major movie story of the summer of 2015 is “Look at all the money Jurassic World made!” It zoomed past almost all the box office records in the book and has only Titanic and Avatar to take down for the all-time box office crown. Although that seems exceeding unlikely, the billion and a half made by the dinosaur movie has had the side effect of making the major players involved all hot commodities. So if you’re working on a movie about a mysterious tropical island filled with monsters and you need a writer… Well, you know the drill. So in the case of the trouble production of the King Kong spin-off Kong: Skull Island, they’ve decided to bring in a ringer. (more…)
Hang on to your butts.
Universal Picture’s @JurassicPark Twitter account announced the inevitable sequel to the third largest movie in film history, Jurassic World today. An accompanying press release from the studio announced that Steven Spielberg would again sit in the executive producers chair, and stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard would be returning for more prehistoric mayhem. Jurassic World‘s director, Colin Trevorrow and partner Derek Connolly would be writing. (more…)
It’s been a while since we heard anything about a Flight of the Navigator remake, although I can’t even think what the last news we heard about such a remake was, or even when that was, but hey, like the old saying goes, no new is good news. Right?
Maybe not, but now there is news. It’s being reported today that Disney has hired Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, the screenwriters behind the Sundance darling Safety Not Guaranteed, to pen a script. They’ll be taking over from Brad Copeland, who was hired to write the script way back in 2009. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (The Muppets, The Fighter) are producing the project.
The original Flight was directed by Grease filmmaker Randal Kleiser, and it starred Joey Cramer as a boy who disappears in 1978 and is found 8 years later in a crashed flying saucer having not aged a day in those 8 years. The boy and the alien ship, which is a sentient entity named Max (voiced by an uncredited Paul Reubens), then go on the run from nefarious government forces, as they try and find a way to get Max back to his own time. I remember seeing the movie as a kid and being slightly freaked out by the notion of disappearing for 8 years, not aging, and returning home to find that everything’s different. Obviously, as a kid, I didn’t handle change very well.
As for Trevorrow and Connolly, they are very hot right now. Safety Not Guaranteed was a favorite coming out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The critically-acclaimed sci-fi/romance/comedy was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and the writing duo themselves were just nominated for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards.
More news as it develops.