Good news, everyone! (If you read that in a Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth voice, my work here is done). The uber-fans over at JurassicWorld.org have found an Instagram photo claiming to oust an animatronic velociraptor from the upcoming Jurassic World. They claim it’s for real too, according to “multiple sources.” They don’t reveal who these sources are, but honestly, there’s no reason not to believe the authenticity of the photo. The movie is out in less than a year and it’s clearly in production, so little leaks like this are bound to happen every now and then, especially in this smartphone-camera savvy day and age.
As for the raptor, well, it looks awesome. If it is indeed an authentic photo, then it looks like they’ve gone back to the traditional design of the ancient overgrown turkey; AKA they’ve nixed the whole mohawk raptor design from Jurassic Park III. It also means they’re going back to relying on practical effects, which is FANTASTIC news. The first Jurassic Park was all about robots and puppets, and used CGI to add a little “flavor;” computer generated realism, if you will. The special effects in the first film are so good that they hold up exceptionally well, even though the movie is over 20 years old. Ask anyone who had a chance to see the IMAX 3D re-release in 2013, they’ll verify this notion. The Lost World and Jurassic Park III relied too heavily on computer animation, and as such don’t look nearly good. If this picture (and my assumptions) are all legit, then Jurassic World is the second tentpole 2015 franchise comeback to tease practical movie effects–pictures from the set of Star Wars Episode VII feature a variety of physical alien puppet creatures. As if we weren’t pumped enough already, am i right?!
Expect a lot more stuff about Jurassic World to make its way onto the Internet in coming months. As we get closer to the film’s June 12, 2015 release date, you’d better believe that the good folks over at Universal will happily be getting the movie-going public hungry for a little theme-park monster action. They aren’t exactly going for the J.J. Abrams “mystery box” approach either–Director Colin Trevorrow already confirmed the validity of some plot detail leaks, and the A.V. Club posted some a few exclusive character photos last month. All that’s left is a trailer, which will surely find its way onto the Internet sooner rather than later.
I don’t know about you, but I am SO READY for this film. Jurassic Park is, without a doubt, my favorite movie of all time, and though I understand why people hated the sequels…not gonna lie..I kind of loved them (a little). Jurassic World is only the second directorial effort from Colin Trevorrow, but I have full faith in him considering how beautifully awesome his first one–Safety Not Guaranteed–really was.
Jurassic World is set to star Chris Pratt, Lauren Lapkus, Judy Greer, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Bryce Dallas Howard with a screenplay written by Trevorrow and Derek Connelly. An earlier draft of the screenplay was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (the duo that wrote both of Planet of the Apes reboot films). Steven Spielberg will be back as a producer.