This thread is for general discussion of the Jurassic Park franchise, past present and future. The follow-up to Jurassic World has been announced for a June 22, 2018 release and there are plans for something of a “universe” following the huge success of Jurassic World. As such, there will be a lot to talk about going forward with new content coming as early as next year. In the meantime, open discussion for the series as a whole is encouraged.
One final but very important note: this thread is completely open to spoilers for all four movies.
Paleontologists Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and mathematician Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are among a select group chosen to tour an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA. While the park's mastermind, billionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), assures everyone that the facility is safe, they find out otherwise when various ferocious predators break free and go on the hunt.
- Directed by Steven Spielberg, written by David Koepp, original score by John Williams
- Stars Ian Malcolm, Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, Laura Dern as Dr. Ellie Sattler, Richard Attenborough as John Hammond, B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, Joseph Mazzello as Tim Murphy, Ariana Richards as Lex Murphy
- Featured dinosaurs: Velociraptor, Gallimimus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaur, Triceratops, Dilophosaurus
- Jurassic Park's budget was $65 million.
"You know the first... attraction I ever built when I came down south from Scotland? It was a flea circus. "Petticoat Lane." Really quite wonderful. We had a wee trapeze, and a merry-go... carousel and a seesaw. They all moved, motorized of course, but people would say they could see the fleas. "Oh, I see the fleas, mummy! Can't you see the fleas?" Clown fleas and high wire fleas and fleas on parade... But with this place, I wanted to show them something that wasn't an illusion. Something that was real, something that they could see and touch. An aim... not devoid of merit." - John Hammond
John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) summons chaos theorist Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) to his home with some startling information -- while nearly everything at his Jurassic Park had been destroyed, his engineers happened to have a second site, where other dinosaurs were kept in hiding. It seems the dinosaurs on the second island are alive and well and even breeding; and Hammond wants Malcolm to observe and document the reptiles before Hammond's financiers can get to them.
- Directed by Steven Spielberg, written by David Koepp, original score by John Williams
- Stars Ian Malcolm, Julianne Moore as Dr. Sarah Harding, Vince Vaughn as Nick van Owen, Pete Postlethwaite as Roland Tembo, Arliss Howard as Peter Ludlow, Vanessa Chester as Kelly Curtis, and Richard Attenborough as John Hammond
- Featured dinosaurs: Procompsognathus, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex (x2), Triceratops, Velociraptor
- The film originally ended with an aerial battle on Isla Sorna involving pteranodons, but Spielberg suggested the T-Rex be loose in the city. As such, the only pteranodon appearance is during the final shot of the film. The Stegosaurus was also included by popular demand.
"Peter, if you want me to run your little camping trip, there are two conditions: first, I'm in charge, and when I'm not around, Dieter is. All you have to do is sign the checks, tell us we're doing a good job, and open your case of scotch when we have a good day. Second condition: my fee? You can keep it. All I want in return for my services is the right to hunt one of the Tyrannosaurs. A male, a buck only. How and when is my business. Now if you don't like either of those conditions, you're on your own. So go ahead, set up base camp right here, or in a swamp, or in the middle of a Rex nest for all I care. But I've been on too many safaris with rich dentists to listen to any more suicidal ideas, okay?" - strafer
After being persuaded by a wealthy businessman to conduct an aerial tour of Isla Sorna, InGen's second site for a failed Jurassic Park experiment, Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) discovers the true reason for his invitation. A tragic accident maroons the party of seven, and they must attempt to escape with their lives.
- Directed by Joe Johnston, written by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, original score composed by Don Davis
- Stars Ian Malcolm's book, Sam Neill as Dr. Alan Grant, William H. Macy as Paul Kirby, Tea Leoni as Amanda Kirby, Trevor Morgan as Eric Kirby, Alessandro Nivola as Billy Brennan
- Featured dinosaurs: Spinosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Ankylosaurus, Pteranodon, Carnotaurus, Procompsognathus
- The film's second script involved Pteranodon escaping from Isla Sorna and causing a spate of mysterious killings on the mainland, which was to be investigated by Alan Grant and a number of other characters including Billy Brennan, a naturalist named Simone, a tough military attaché, wealthy Paul Roby, and Roby's teenage son Miles.
"Alan." - PTSD Velociraptor Manifestation
Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it's up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.
- Directed by Colin Trevorrow, written by Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, original score composed by Michael Giacchino
- Stars Ian Malcolm's book, Chris Pratt as Owen Grady, Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing, Vincent D'Onofrio as Vic Hoskins, Irrfan Khan as Simon Masrani, Ty Simpkins as Gray Mitchell, Nick Robinson as Zach Mitchell, B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu, Matty Cardarople as the Gyrosphere Operator, and Jake Johnson as Lowery
- Featured dinosaurs: Indominus Rex, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor, Mosasaurus, Apatosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Pteranodon, Dimorphodon
- Jurassic World went through over ten years of concepts and revisions with several scripts written by many different writers, the first of which being Josh Sayles who pitched a draft involving a character named Nick that would go to Isla Nublar to retrieve the Barbasol can and deliver it to InGen, which led to the creation of trained dinosaurs that could use weapons. Despite this version not being used, it is easy to see how loose remnants of this script would find their way into the final film.
- The Indominus Rex's scientific name, mentioned by Claire in the film, is Archaeornithomimus.
"Enough about cost! John Hammond entrusted me with his dying wish and not once did he mention profits. Spared no expense, he used to say. Don't forget why we built this place, Claire. Jurassic World exists to remind us how very small we are, how new. You can't put a price on that. Now please -- we're flying!" - Simon Masrani
On June 22, 2017, one year before theatrical debut, the sequel to Jurassic World gets a full title and logo: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
- Directed by J.A. Bayona, written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, original score composed by Michael Giacchino
- Stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, B.D. Wong, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, and Jeff Goldblum
- They envisioned a trilogy from the very beginning, laying the groundwork for the sequels in Jurassic World.
- Jurassic World was based on Ian Malcolms quote "I'll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you're using here, it didn't require any discipline to attain it. You read what others had done and you took the next step. You didn't earn the knowledge for yourselves, so you don't take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you're selling it." hence the corporate atmosphere, product placement and more.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is based upon Dr. Grants quote "The world has just changed so radically, and we're all running to catch up. Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?"
- Departing from the parks and islands 'We've seen people chased by dinosaurs on the islands, it's time to explore new things and places'
- It's about extraordinary things happening in our world. References alien invasion movies and how they focus on "What would happen, what would we do?"
- Not about going bigger in scale, but bigger with the story and further exploring our relationship with animals, dinosaurs and the impact of bringing the animals back to life.
- References the concept of 'Apple vs PC' again, as in the possibility of two manufacturers of Dinosaurs in the future.
- Claire and Owen tied deeply to the universe going forward, both have 'opened Pandora's Box' in some regard and are 'responsible' for things to come.
- They now have free reign in creating the films and expanding the universe. There were certain parameters for Jurassic World, but now the sky is the limit.
Jurassic Park is a 1990 science fiction novel written by Michael Crichton, divided into seven sections (iterations). Often considered a cautionary tale on unconsidered biological tinkering in the same spirit as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, it uses the metaphorical collapse of an amusement park showcasing genetically recreated dinosaurs to illustrate the mathematical concept of chaos theory and its philosophical implications. A sequel titled The Lost World, also written by Crichton, was published in 1995. In 1997, both novels were re-published as a single book titled Michael Crichton's Jurassic World, unrelated to the film of the same name
- The novel began as Crichton conceived a screenplay about a graduate student who recreates a dinosaur in 1983. Eventually, given his reasoning that genetic research is expensive and "there is no pressing need to create a dinosaur", Crichton concluded that it would emerge from a "desire to entertain", leading to a wildlife park of extinct animals. Originally it was told from the point of view of a child, but Crichton changed it as everyone who read the draft felt it would be better if told by an adult.
Information from Wikipedia.
Hybrids!? Don't freak out, this is probably a merchandising thing only, and it's not even confirmed. However, the evidence is stacking up:
- In July, Universal grabbed 5 trademarks for the phrase 'Hybrid Dino'
- A book is being published by Random House Kids called 'Jurassic World Hybrids!'
- Toys R Us has a upcoming listing called 'Jurassic Hybrids T-Rex'
- The f2p Ludia game has recently been putting a strong focus on new Hybrids
Special thanks to Demoncarnotaur/ChrisLikesDinos and Hybrids logo by JurassicJune.