The Scoop on the New "Jurassic Park" Movie Slated for 2015

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The fourth installment in the blockbuster series based on the work of author Michael Crichton.
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May 13th, 2014

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The original "Jurassic Park" film was released in the summer of 1993. This highly successful movie thrilled audiences with lifelike depictions of ferocious dinosaurs interacting with humans. The 2015 installment of the franchise entitled "Jurassic World" gives fans their fourth journey into a fictional world where dinosaurs are no longer extinct. This world was created by novelist Michael Crichton, who also wrote the original screenplay. The story of "Jurassic Park" was originally brought to the screen with director Steven Spielberg at the helm. Spielberg remains attached to the franchise and is the executive producer of the 2015 "Jurassic World" project. Directorial reign belongs to Colin Trevorrow, a newcomer to the "Jurassic Park" family.

Details about the plot driving "Jurassic World" point toward a scenario where the original dinosaur-themed park envisioned by the CEO of a bioengineering company is fully operational as originally intended until something goes horribly wrong. The film "Jurassic World" is actually named after this modern-day park featured in the film located on the same island as the park in the original "Jurassic Park" film. It was unveiled that this 2015 storyline will introduce a new dinosaur to the park.

Director Colin Trevorrow and writer Derek Connolly adapted the earlier screenplay for "Jurassic World" penned by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. Leaks pertaining to the original screenplay by Silver and Jaffa are what led to initial speculation about the plot, but the script changes from the newest writing team add to the mystery and excitement of this fourth film. An updated logo has given the franchise a new feel, and photos captured from the set reveal just enough details about the plot and characters to keep fans and newcomers to the storyline guessing what might happen before the film's release.

Social media is also a source of information about "Jurassic World." The director himself took to popular social networking site Twitter to address questions about the 2015 film being a reboot of the original. In his tweet, Trevorrow indicated he would not necessarily call it a reboot, rather an adventure into a terrifying world of science fiction set 22 years after the original "Jurassic Park." In interviews, Trevorrow also shared that this film was written with additional sequels in mind.

"Jurassic World" is being filmed in Hawaii and New Orleans. The film stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Irrfan Khan and Nick Robinson. The marketing team at Universal Studios unrolled a series of social media profiles including a Facebook page and Twitter handle to help promote the highly anticipated film, and the official Twitter page for the original "Jurassic Park" film was revamped in honor and anticipation of "Jurassic World."

Many of the characters taking part in the "Jurassic World" plot are a mystery, but the credit for the full-motion dinosaurs is given to the renowned Dennis Muren, who is responsible for the stunning visual effects of over 30 famous films, including  "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" and "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." He is also known for his work on almost all of the "Star Wars" films, including "Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope" and "Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back."

The changes in technology since 1993 will have an effect on how moviegoers choose to watch "Jurassic World" in 2015. Fans attending the first showing of "Jurassic Park" in 1993 did not have the option to experience the terrifying dinosaurs in 3D. The fourth installment of the "Jurassic Park" saga will be available to watch in 3D at select theaters, heightening the scare factor for many. While interested moviegoers do not know what is in store, they are guaranteed to be up close and personal with a dinosaur through the movie magic of 3D cinematography.

There is a lot of information available about "Jurassic World," but it is impossible to know what to expect from the film before it is released on June 12, 2015. Sneak peeks from the set like a helicopter with an InGen logo on it have created more questions than answers. Will the original bioengineering company from "Jurassic Park" be a central focus in this new film? Will other images of a helicopter used to take aerial pictures and a security vehicle end up being a part of the "Jurassic World" movie? All questions will be answered in the summer of 2015.