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…)
Westworld is one of those science fiction TV shows that have become development hell teases, almost on par with Preacher and Arrested Development. Over the years, the series has gone through considerable rewrites, production issues and delays starting all the way back in 2013, when HBO first ordered a pilot episode and the production of a complete season in 2014, only for it to be halted halfway through 2015, just when it was about to hit the small screen. HBO went ahead to attempt to make amends for the delay, promising that the series would finally air in early 2016.
But now, with 2016 well underway, it looks like we might have to curb our expectations…
Westworld remains one of the most seminal films in science fiction thanks to Yul Brynner’s iconic performance as a gunslinger robot gone mad at a futurist theme park. How they’re going to stretch the simple concept of the original movie (and the original novel by Michael Crichton) into an ongoing series, has not been revealed, but the series has a pretty good pedigree and a home on HBO to start with.
Deadline announced the deal earlier today that the cable channel had greenlighted the series, which will be shepherded to the screen by J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan and Jerry Weintraub. This will be the second team-up of Abrams and Nolan, who collaborate on Nolan’s series Person of Interest, about to go into its third season on CBS; Weintraub is the prolific producer behind the Karate Kid and Ocean’s 11 franchises. According to Deadline, the series will be “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”
“The future of sin?” Now we’re talking. The pilot will be written by Lisa Joy (Burn Notice, Pushing Daisies), while Nolan will direct the pilot. Deadline adds that HBO’s commitment to the series is amongst the biggest in the channel’s history, but what that means is unknown, as no further details have been given at this time.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time a Westworld series has come to TV. Beyond Westworld ran a short five short in 1980 and followed an evil scientist trying to take over the world with the robots from the theme park, and the security chief of Delos Corporation who was trying to stop him.
So are you Bastards eager to see a Westworld TV show? Obviously, HBO engenders a lot of trust, and Person of Interest is actually a pretty good show that subverts CBS’ overly procedural format. Will Westworld be a hit? Time will tell.
More news as it develops.
Sequels are a tricky subject in Hollywood. They’re either films everybody wants or nobody needs. It the case of Jurassic Park, however, it’s both. We don’t need another Jurassic Park, especially one being developed 13 years past it’s predecessor, but what JR fans can really say no to more dinosaurs? What can I say “life finds a way”.
So, what the hell hell can we expect from this upcoming 4th installment? We’ve heard nothing but speculation at this point. Jurassic Park alumni Sam Neill, however, may have just dropped a huge bomb. The actor who portrayed Alan Grant in both the first and third installments said in a new interview (via Dominion Post) he doesn’t think he’ll be asked to return because he hears the new film is a reboot. Here’s the excerpt from the interview:
“As well as confirming that he is unlikely to be a part of next year’s Jurassic Park 4 (“I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig”), Neill confesses he hasn’t seen the new version of the original.”
Does this mean that Jurassic Park 4 won’t be the return to Michael Crichton’s Isla Nublar – the ruins of the former park facility – and Jeff Goldblum’s chest hair blowing in the wind? Not quite.
This “total re-jig” could simply be director Colin Trevorrow‘s take on the world already created from the franchise of the trilogy, but with a cast of new characters looking to avoid being dinosaur chow. That doesn’t mean we wouldn’t see a future cameo or co-starring role from Neill and others that have survived previous installments, it just means Universal could be leaning towards the introduction of new blood to a new audience. It’s a smart decision and a good way to start off the process of getting the dinosaurs back into theaters.
What do you think of it all?
Looks like Universal Studios noticed how big the 3D re-release of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace was. The studio has decided to up the ante and re-release one of their own top franchises with full 3D treatment.
Steven Spielberg‘s Jurassic Park has been announced for a complete 3D conversion, with a released scheduled for July 19th, 2013. That’s right in time for the 20th anniversary next summer.
A 3D re-release of the now-classic adaptation starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and a much younger Samuel L. Jackson, should go off bigger then watching the T-Rex eat that poor bastard in the outhouse.
Is anyone else excited for the chance to that DNA mascot in full 3D glory next year? Or has the whole 3D converted picture phase already run it’s course?
Source: Coming Soon