“A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.” (Goodreads)
Hey there avid readers! Can’t stay to chat its graduation day! Woo! I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m finally done with school. Woo! Now I just have to make it across the stage without tripping. Wish me luck and happy reading!Continue reading Weekly Reading List #86→
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Ethan Wate is still grieving the loss of his beloved Amma when he receives an unexpected gift–the old, yellow Whitman’s Sampler box that held Amma’s most closely guarded secrets. “One day I might let you have a look under that lid, Ethan Wate,” Amma used to say. “But today isn’t the day.”
Now it’s time for one of her greatest secrets to be revealed. In a long-lost letter, Amma tells Ethan the story of growing up as a young Seer with a remarkable gift for reading cards. But with a power that far-reaching comes responsibility, and Amma has been honoring her mission since before Ethan was born–to protect the Wate family at any cost. So when Lila Jane Evers enters Mitchell Wate’s life, bringing the whole Caster world with her, Amma turns to her cards. This time, it’s a the reading that will define the rest of her life–and Ethan’s.”
A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. From the DNA that his crack team of scientists extract, he is able to grow the dinosaurs in his laboratories and lock them away on an island behind electric fences, creating a sort of theme park. He asks a group of scientists from several different fields to come and view the park, but something goes terribly wrong when a worker on the island turns traitor and shuts down the power.
While looking through her grandmother Emmaline’s keepsakes, Lena Duchannes comes across a little blue book with a big history–a book that changed Macon Ravenwood’s life and saved Lena’s.
When Lena was a baby, Seer and gifted card reader Amma Treaudeau saw a terrifying future in the cards that sent her to Emmaline’s door. When a powerful Dark Caster sets fire to Lena’s house with baby Lena and her father trapped inside, Amma, Emmaline, and Macon vow to protect the child. Lena’s grandmother and her Uncle Macon whisk Lena away, protecting her and moving her to a new place at the first sign of trouble. But a Caster can only hide for so long, and Macon must rely on the teachings in an ancient book to control his Dark nature. Ultimately, it will be his job to protect Lena–and keep her from surrendering to a Dark fate.
#1 New York Times bestselling authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl revisit the events that would define Lena’s future in the third installment of Beautiful Creatures: The Untold Stories.
*Disclaimer: All synopsis are provided by Goodreads.
Off the coast of Costa Rica lies the luxury resort Jurassic World, where arrays of genetically engineered dinosaurs reign in exhibits for the consumers’ entertainment. Now, the newest addition, the Indominus Rex, has escaped, setting off a chain reaction where dinosaurs escape and wreak havoc on the island. Now Owen, the former military man and animal expert must save the island and terminate the Indominus Rex.
Bigger doesn’t always mean better, but in this case it certainly made for one heck of a good film. This movie did not reboot the franchise but it was able to breathe life back into something that was almost forgotten, or rather tarnished by Jurassic Park’s 2 & 3. And while Jurassic Park 3 was better than 2, it still had nothing on the first film. Continue reading Dinosaurs & Pratt: A Winning Combination | Review of ‘Jurassic World’→
If you really want to get your dinosaur fix in the next couple of years, you may only have Neil Nightingale and Pierre De Lespinos’ CGI animated Walking With Dinosaurs to look forward to. And while that actually does look like a pretty interesting little flick, sci-fi and adventure fans have been clamoring for another Jurassic Park movie, even though the recent Jurassic Park 3D re-release is almost definitely already better than any sequel that ends up getting made, if it ever gets made. And it will get made. Probably.
According to Coming Soon, Jurassic Park 4 is targeted to hit theaters in 2015. (Unless it doesn’t.) The news comes from the 2013 Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, which dropped news on everything from more Game of Thrones beer to Ray Charles stamps. But more dino-friendly fans will be interested in the Universal Pictures banner seen below, which places the sequel’s release in 2015.
Of course, this vaguest-of-vague banner could be announcing anything from a video game to an actual theme park, rather than an actual movie, but the Expo book states that the sequel will be shot in 3D, which Coming Soon didn’t confirm with the studio as of this writing. If that would be the case, then the film just got a lot cooler-sounding, at least to me. After the dreadfully blahJurassic Park III, I would gladly take on a third dimension if it meant not having to sit through a story rehash. Maybe the new dinosaur being promoted for the film will sport a ping pong paddle that it can use to freak viewers out with the lifelike rubber ball being hurled at them while dinosaur shrieks echo through the air. Seriously though, this makes so much more sense than a post-conversion. As good as the original film looked with the added depth, it would have been spectacular had the 3D route been available back then.
The franchise is now in the hands of Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow, who has already seen his film get delayed from its June 2014 release date, which means Trevorrow could have gone off to do any project he wanted. But he’s apparently still attached, and the script he’ll use will still be the one written by Rise of the Planet of the Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. (Unless it isn’t.)
The reason the film was delayed in the first place is because the script was more ambitious than the producers were initially prepared for. So now they have another year to prep and get this flick to dino-soar into theaters. Will it be worth the wait?
So much for those rumors that Steven Spielberg might be ready to return to the director’s chair for a fourth Jurassic Park movie. Deadline now reports that Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow has stepped in to helm the next sequel, which already has a 2014 release date. According to the site, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) have written the screenplay, while Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley and Steven Spielberg are on board as producers. The fourth Jurassic Park will be shot and released in 3D.
Trevorrow’s name was in a few fan discussions swirling around potential hires for Star Wars: Episode VII, with the director himself saying at one point that he was circling a project that had ramifications for the geek community. Many assumed he meant Star Wars. Perhaps, at the time, he knew he was in the running for Jurassic Park 4.
Safety Not Guaranteed made my Top 10 list in 2012 for its winning blend of science-fiction and human characterization, so I’m thrilled that Universal is taking a chance on a filmmaker who is comfortable with dialogue and character, first. The same holds true for J.J. Abrams and Marc Webb, who started small with television projects or warm-hearted indies like 500 Days (of Summer) before being handed the keys to a massive, effects-driven franchises. Can Trevorrow handle it? I honestly don’t believe Marshall and Spielberg are going to hire a guy they don’t have mild faith in, especially for a property as proven as Jurassic Park. Now if we can somehow get Jake Johnson into the sequel, I’ll be 100% on board. Jurassic Park hits theaters on June 13, 2014.
For most people, a promotion might entail a change in uniform, a bigger office, or a company car… if you’re lucky. In taking over as President of Lucasfilms last year, Kathleen Kennedy got both the privilege and the stress of heading one the most lucrative and imaginative film franchises ever. Something we can certainly all relate to. But in taking on more responsibility, some things just have to be pushed to the side.
From one mega-million franchise of diminishing value to another one, perhaps, though clearly J.J. Abrams’ directing role for Star Wars: Episode VII, combined with Kennedy’s executive producing smarts make that sequel worlds more exciting than the Steven Spielberg-produced dino-sequel (which doesn’t have a director yet). As far as screenwriters go, Jurassic Park IV has interesting talent in Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, but Episode VII has Michael Arndt, who scriptedToy Story 3 and won and won an Oscar for Little Miss Sunshine, with consultation from Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan and Simon Kinberg. So it still seems the advantage is in the sci-fi epic’s corner.
Even though this isn’t a contest or anything, it’s clear that while fans ofJurassic Park will be losing something with Kennedy’s absence, she’ll be winning for many years to come.
Jurassic Park 4 is actually currently in the works, with Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver writing the script, and a release date of summer 2014 in mind. But when you’re making a sequel to a movie that enormous, of course there have been earlier versions of the story, and a glimpse at the Jurassic Park 4 that might have been has just emerged, and perfectly timed to Halloween, as it turns out.
The rejected concept art images come from a 2005 script written by William Monahan (Oscar-winner for The Departed) and John Sayles (director of indies like Lone Star and Matewan, but also write of more Hollywood films like The Spiderwick Chronicles and Battle Beyond the Stars). Around that time producer Frank Marshall was out there suggesting that Jurassic Park 3director Joe Johnston would be returning and they were firming up the script, but of course, the movie in question never got made. And when you look at the human-dinosaur hybrids that would have been at the center of it, you might know why. Take a look at the handful of images below.
There’s much more where that came from over at Reddit, where user Sketchampm posted them and explained the connection to Monahan and Sayles’s script, Apparently the action would have happened after a secret genetics lab was cross-breeding human and dinosaur DNA, because even after the original Jurassic Park nobody realized that tinkering with dino DNA was a terrible idea. You can read a review of the original script, or at least a version of it, over at Aint It Cool News, though that review makes no mention of dinosaur-human hybrids, so I’m not really sure where these came into play.
None of this ought to have any bearing on the version of Jurassic Park 4currently in development, though given how Jaffa and Silver dealt with genetic modification in Rise of the Planet of the Apes, there might be some similarly crazy scientific developments anyway. Just enjoy these images at a glimpse into a parallel universe version of Hollywood, where human-dino hybrids would have been giving you nightmares for yearsnow.
Since learning that Universal was putting Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to the task of penning the script for the planned Jurassic Park IV, I can’t help but wonder if motion capture might not be incorporated in the production of this anticipated sequel. (And if so, is it too soon to start petitioning for Andy Serkis to play the role of a dinosaur?) I may be thinking a bit too far ahead at this point, as the sequel still doesn’t have a director. But the latest update on the project suggests that we may see the film in theaters in two years.
Collider spoke with producer Frank Marshall about Jurassic Park IV, and he revealed that they’d like to get it into theaters “within two years” with an aim to release it during the summertime. Marshall also confirmed that this will be a sequel (not a reboot or remake) and made mention of the developments in technology…
“That’s what’s gonna be great about it, technology’s taken a leap now that we can really do some great things”
They did “some great things” when they brought Michael Crichton’s novel about a park inhabited by cloned dinosaurs to the big screen back in 1993, nearly two decades ago. The potential to do something great once again is certainly there, and as Marshall notes, technology has taken a leap. Let’s just hope for good story-telling and good direction. They have Jaffa and Silver on board to do the script, but we still don’t know who will direct. It’s definitely going to be interesting to hear who is brought on board to helm the film, and maybe get an idea of what the story for the follow-up will be.
Nearly a year before the movie even came out the folks behind Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman were talking about the film as the first of a franchise. In an interview producer Joe Roth – who also worked on Disney’s Alice in Wonderland– said that the idea was to have Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron return for a trilogy of movies as the Snow White, The Huntsman, and Ravenna, respectively. Now the movie has been released and the story hasn’t changed.
According to Deadline, Universal has already hired David Koepp to write the script for a sequel and have entered talks with director Rupert Sanders to have him return for the second feature. The site says that Sanders is excited by the prospect of coming back, but isn’t contractually obligated as the script was won at auction with the director part of the package deal. This means that if the studio wants him back bad enough he can make them pay. While the first film, which was only released in theaters one week ago, didn’t do terribly well with critics, it had a surprisingly solid first weekend, pulling in $56 million over three days. Factoring in international markets, the movie has already made $118 million globally, but still needs to perform well in coming weeks to make back its $170 million budget. This week it sees a challenge in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and Madagascar 3.
David Koepp is known for being a go-to guy for blockbusters. In his career he’s written scripts including Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, Panic Room, War of the Worlds, Angels and Demons and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. His latest directorial effort, Premium Rush, arrives in theaters this August.