Exclusive: Colin Trevorrow Talks Jurassic World 2 and more! (Surprise Guest: J.A. Bayona!)

Hold on to your butts, and whip out the popcorn – today we have a very special episode of our Podcast, featuring director Colin Trevorrow! Colin took time out of his busy schedule to speak to us about The Book of Henry, Jurassic World, and of course, the Jurassic World sequel!

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Not only did Colin join us and talk all things Jurassic, he brought in a very special surprise guest at the end (Spoiler: Jurassic World 2 director J.A. Bayona!)

So if you’re wondering if dinosaurs will be rampaging around London, how large of a role Hawaii will play, if animatronics will be more strongly featured, or if the sequel will be scarier, what are you waiting for? Give it a listen here!

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If you’re not currently in a position to listen, don’t stress. We will be updating the article soon with all the highlights!

“It will be more suspenseful and scary. It’s just the way it’s designed; it’s the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skill set.”

“Film has become so cutthroat and competitive; it felt like an opportunity to create a situation where two directors could really collaborate. It’s rare these days, but it’s something that the directors that we admire used to do all the time—one writes and produces and the other directs, and the end result is something that’s unique to both of them. I’m in the office right now, I’ve been here every day since July working closely with J.A., listening to his instincts, and honing the script with Derek to make sure it’s something that all of us believe in.”

Jurassic World was built upon 12 years ideas from Steven Spielberg, but the sequel is fresh territory to go in whichever direction they [Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg] choose.

“Jurassic World had to restart the engine. This movie has to prove it has a reason to exist”

Jurassic World 2 is “Built upon the concepts and stories that Crichton created with the novels.”

“A mistake made a long time ago just can’t be undone.” is a real world theme that plays heavily into JW2. “You can’t put it back into the box”

Dialog from the first book is in JW2. “It makes me feel like such a good writer (…) Look at me, that’s a hell of a sentence”

Crichton has the ability to make things completely bonkers feel real and motivated. That’s the goal with these movies, to make these large ideas feel part of our world.

This movie doesn’t need to be ‘bigger’. It’s not about ‘bigger better dinosaurs’ or ‘bigger action sequences’. Brings up Raptors in the Kitchen scene vs Indominus Rex Helicopter explosion, and how the simplicity of the former is just as effective – if not more.

“I think the lack of animatronics in Jurassic World had more to do with the physicality of the Indominus, the way the animal moved. It was very fast and fluid, it ran a lot, and needed to move its arms and legs and neck and tail all at once. It wasn’t a lumbering creature. We’ve written some opportunities for animatronics into [Jurassic World 2] – because it has to start at the script level—and I can definitely tell you that Bayona has the same priorities, he is all about going practical whenever possible.”

Budgetary requirements of JW also led to less animatronics. One of the rewards of success is they can make more with JW2. They will utilize the general animatronic rules of the franchise: best used when standing still, or with less complex actions.

Even when working with CG, it’s important to work with real effects as well. (For example: a model helicopter was built for JW crash.)

[ILM] are looking into using motion capture on real animals for JW2 – beyond traditional motion studies.

With JW he sometimes gave instructions to animate the Indominus like it was a animatronic

There are new dinosaurs in the movie which were real and existed. They are looking at existing paleoart, and defining the Jurassic Park version from there: there is a specific look to Stan Winston dinosaurs, and it’s important to stay true to it.

Colin is proudly ‘guilty’ of caring about the Dinosaurs as much as the people. They’re characters.

On feathered dinosaurs: Jurassic World addressed the issue of featherless dinosaurs with Dr. Wu’s speech. “Whether or not that will evolve or change over the course of the films? I cannot tell you. We will see.”

The Jurassic Park East Dock sign in Jurassic World was swapped out for the Research sign due to the latter alluding to more about the old park, further expanding the world.

“I feel like an idiot to say I did not expect it, but that’s the truth. None of us did.” Zara’s Death, Claire’s Heels. He hopes people can see his intention for the scenes, just as he can see their interpretation. “Claire wasn’t going to let uncomfortable shoes stop her from being a total badass and getting shit done”

“Zara was about surprising viewers with an unearned death (which is something we are dealing with a lot in the world now). It’s an Amblin thing… seeing something we probably shouldn’t get to see as a child

Hawaii is a primary location but not the only one. But yes, part of the story takes place in the familiar fictional territory Hawaii represents.

The movie does not take place in the UK, they’re only making the movie there. So, no dinosaurs rampaging through London.

On militarized dinosaurs in JW2 “I’m not that interested in militarized dinosaurs, at least not in practice. I liked it in theory as the pipe dream of a lunatic [Hoskins]. When that idea was first presented to me as part of an earlier script it was something that the character that ended up being Owen was for, that he supported, something that he was actively doing even at the beginning. Derek and I, one of our first reactions was ‘No if anyone’s gonna militarize raptors that’s what the bad guy does, he’s insane.'”

“Jurassic World War feels like a cartoon to me. I’d watch that cartoon with my kid, but I wouldn’t make it.” – It’s not the sequel, but don’t let that stop you from making the fun fanart!

Jurassic World 2 is about our relationship with animals, and how we share the planet with other living things. There’s mention of militarization in the sequel, but there’s also mention of open source and humans living along dinosaurs – he favors the latter for the sequels story.

On how much he had planned for the trilogy when making Jurassic World: “I knew the end. I knew where I wanted it to go.”

Kids who saw Jurassic World will be threes years older by JW2. A jump from 9 years old to 12 is huge. It’s about making the story grow up for them, and it’s why he’s bringing in a Spanish horror director.

The structure of Jurassic World was about getting bigger and bigger as the story progressed. JW2 is very inspired by the structure Jurassic Park (which had its biggest sequence in the middle and then funneled into a  series of claustrophobic and intimate scenes towards the end).

J.A. Bayona on the sequel: “I was very surprised by the story.” He likes the idea of having a lot of things you do not expect, but also remain respectful to the tradition and legacy. “There are things you really don’t expect and it is very exciting”

Jurassic World 2 does have a title, but it remains secret, and they won’t share when it’ll go public

Colin Trevorrow: “Go see A Monster Calls to understand why he’s the right guy for JW2.”

We can’t stress enough how thankful we are that Colin Trevorrow took some time out of his very busy schedule to speak with us! We ran a little longer than we expected, but thankfully he didn’t set the Raptors loose on us to see things to a swift end.

So who else is now unbelievably excited for the sequel?

Chronicle Collectibles The Lost World Jurassic Park life sized Compsognathus replica statue

New from Chronicle Collectibles is the officially licensed 1:1 Compsognathus statue, built from the original Stan Winston Studios animatronic casting used in The Lost World: Jurassic Park! Chronicle has enlisted the help of Stan Winston Studios artist Tim Gore to paint the statue, who also had painted the ‘Compys’ for the film. Measuring in at 3o” long, 16″ tall, and 8″ wide this limited run (edition size TBD) statue costs $349.99 for the first 30 days, before going up to $399.99.

Pre-order now!
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The Compy statue is fourth official Jurassic Park product by Chronicle, and the first full size dinosaur offering ever licensed. Chronicle’s products cover all four movies, including Jurassic World, and have shown off numerous upcoming products at Comic Con over the summer. The currently available products include the 1:5th Lost World Male T.rex bust, Stegosaurus Maquette, and last but certainly not least: the Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus Rex Breakout Statue! You can order the Compy from their website, so do so today before it sells out!








Have you bought any dinosaurs from Chronicle Collectibles yet? Let us know what you think, and what you hope they make next in the comments below! Also, if you haven’t already, check out our interview with Paul Francis who shares a ton of behind the scenes info about making official Jurassic Park products:


JurassicWorld.com has evolved!

The official Jurassic World website has been inactive for roughly a year now, showcasing a fictional operational park hub with a few adverts for the Blu Ray. However, the inactivity came to an end earlier today, when the website evolved into a hub for the entire franchise! Sporting a fresh new look, the site now covers a multitude of subjects.


The websites now serves as fun page to learn the latest official news about the franchise, as well as including various facts, current video games, videos and more. I’m personally thrilled to see this change which is something I was hoping would happen for some time – while the new site is currently lite on content, hopefully as time goes on it will add new sections (canon/encyclopedia, editorial content, toys, books, etc.) and further flesh out its existing ones with more content. With the right team and management, the website can further evolve into something great (look to HaloWaypoint.com and StarWars.com for some fantastic examples.)

Thankfully, they also preserved the website created for the fictional Jurassic World park on Isla Nublar, which can be reached by clicking the link on the top of the site (or going directly to islanublar.jurassicworld.com). I wonder if future in-universe websites will be created that reflect the current happenings of the franchise – there’s plenty of room to expand, and Jurassic World 2 is right around the corner! Either way, this hub site is a great fit for the Jurassic Park franchise, and it’s great to see some change and life post 2015.

So, what are you waiting for? Go explore! After that, be sure to keep checking back here for even more news regarding all things Jurassic! Do you like the new look? Sound off in the comments below!

Trailer & release schedule for ‘LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape’ short film!

We’ve known about ‘Lego Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape’ for some time due to retailer listings of a DVD combo pack, but beyond that details have been scarce. Today Yahoo news exclusively debuted a trailer for the film, which will get an episodic release on YouTube starting October 3rd. Watch the trailer below!

“Beginning Oct. 3, the Lego and Jurassic World YouTube channels will roll out five daily installments that will ultimately form a 24-minute story. Universal will release a DVD collecting Indominus Escapes and another 8-minute short as part of a Jurassic World bundle releasing Oct. 16.

As you tell by the trailer, Indominus Escapes is not a strict retelling of the movie; instead, the animated short riffs on characters, creatures, and plot points in a zany new rampaging-dino adventure.” – Yahoo


The article only acknowledges the aforementioned DVD combo pack, with no information about a potential Blu-Ray release. Hopefully it will hit both formats, as while DVD’s are nice, they are also quite an outdated standard definition only medium. Plus, it will be great to have an alternative (and HD) way to own the other new short ‘Employee Safety Video’, which seems exclusive to the physical release.

It’s great to see more fun happening in the universe of Jurassic Park. This short series should be cute and funny, but won’t scratch the itch we all have for new story expansions, or something like a an art book – however, we’re looking forward to it all the same!

Are you excited to watch ‘The Indominus Escape’ (once again)?  As always, sound off in the comments below and stay tuned for the latest news!

Source: Yahoo News

Sam Neill Reunites With Jeff Goldblum in Thor: Ragnarok

In an exclusive interview with ShortList, Sam Neill revealed that he has recently been filming for Thor: Ragnarok, which would reunited him with director Taika Waititi (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) and Jeff Goldblum, who he starred alongside in Jurassic Park.

This will be the first time that both the actors will have worked together since 1993.


After discussing Marvel Studio’s security, the actor is asked again about whether or not he will be returning in the Jurassic World sequel. Sam Neill (or more, Yahoo!) caused a stir among the community recently when he stated that Dr Alan Grant may be dead – meaning that we’d never see him again. While it was clearly intended to be taken as a joke, the actor was asked the same question by ShortList:

ShortList: Now there’s talks of Goldblum being tapped up for the next Jurassic World movie. Please tell me Sam Neill is returning [to the world]. Have you heard anything?
Sam Neill: Is there? I was just asked about that before and I think the problem is that no one knows where Alan Grant is anymore. He’s retired from paleontology, he’s sick to death of dinosaurs… and running. He’s not quite as fleet of foot as he was, and he’s now retired to Dayton, Ohio and has a very successful accountancy business.
ShortList: Is that what you thinks happened?
Sam Neill: I think that’s what happened to Alan. Either that or he’s dead.

The two continue to discuss the character’s post-JP3 status and whether or not he would have received therapy.


While it is clear that Sam Neill is joking around, it is also apparent that he does not fully believe Dr Alan Grant has a position in the franchise anymore, and that Jurassic World has moved on from the original trilogy. In a way he is correct – Jurassic World has established itself with a new set of principles and characters, only bringing Dr Wu back from the original trilogy. However, part of the reason Jurassic World sold so well in theaters was because of the nostalgia factor, something both Jurassic World and Star Wars: The Force Awakens used in their favor.

The key difference was that The Force Awakens blended new and interesting characters with older fan favorites to bridge the sequel with the original films. Jurassic World could have benefited from a more familiar cameo.

The two continue:

ShortList: If the call came, would Grant be interested?
Sam Neill: The call hasn’t come and no one can find Grant. He’s disappeared. Someone found his hat! His hat was floating on the Hudson river. But that was the last that was ever heard of him.

Watch the video below. He is asked about Jurassic Park at 03:50:

Where do you believe Dr Alan Grant is now? Did he finally pluck up the courage to ask Ellie back out? Is he still digging for dinosaurs? Let us know in the comments section below, and let us know if you’d like him to see him return in Jurassic World 2!

Source: EW, ShortList

A Trip to Isla Nublar – Visiting the Islands of Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii

A week ago I returned from a vacation to the islands of Hawaii where we were lucky enough to visit numerous locations from the Jurassic Park movies and the television show Lost, as well as a handful of others.

The islands of both Oahu and Kauai have been used extensively for film and TV productions over the years but I would say that the islands are most recognizable as both Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.


Visiting the islands has been a lifelong dream – as it is for many fans – and standing on the many locations where the cast and crew of the movies stood can get fairly surreal. Seeing the mountains, valleys, and film sets in person is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

I wanted to share some photos from my trip, as well as describe the Kualoa Ranch tour (famous for the Gallimimus sequence, I-Rex Paddock, Gyrosphere Station) and the Jurassic Falls tour (landing at the famous waterfall) which I highly recommend to all fans who are lucky enough to visit the islands! I have already shared some photos from the trip on Instagram:

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I was lucky enough to be shown around by my friend Sean from Reel News Hawaii, who knows the island of Oahu like the back of his hand. Leaving out the many locations we hit for Lost, we started off with the pier where the Isla Nublar ferry arrives at Jurassic World! The pier is naturally exactly as it was seen on screen, but you’ll notice the flag poles and CGI monorail aren’t to be seen.

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We visited the Hawaii Convention Center which stood in for the Isla Nublar Hilton, as well as the car park in Jurassic World where workers are panicking and Owen and Claire leave on the ATV:

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The Jurassic Park 3 landing strip was up next, which is at Dillingham Airfield. It was interesting to learn that a lot of foliage was added to the sides of the landing strip, and the small shack/building was also added. I had always just assumed it was always like this! Our website designer had some fun with the photo:


This was always one of my favourite scenes in Jurassic Park 3, so it was pretty cool to stand and explore this landing strip.

The first official tour we took was the Premier Movie Sites Tour at the Kualoa Ranch. It is the only tour that takes place in an air conditioned Mercedes Sprinter van and the tour is incredibly in-depth, playing scenes on monitors from various movies as you drive past, and in some cases, stop at famous movie sites. Our tour guide was called Stephanie and I’d highly recommend her! She was brilliant, knew as much about the Jurassic movies as any fan, and really has a passion for movies and the locations in which they filmed. She was joined by trainee Melani who will no doubt make an great tour guide herself. The famous Gallimimus scenes takes place right next to Hurley’s Golf Course in Lost, and while they don’t sign post the Gallimimus hill, a log sits roughly where the original log sat.


There are many other locations at the Kualoa Ranch, mostly from Jurassic World. The Helipad, the I-Rex Paddock, the Mosasaurus lagoon, the Gyrosphere Station and the “Jurassic Park” gate were all constructed here and in some cases, they remain. Check out the gallery below!

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And obviously we had to recreate some photos too! Credit to Reel News Hawaii for some of the featured photos and the I-Rex poster below!


It’s pretty safe to say this tour is a must do for any Jurassic Park fan. The Kualoa Ranch have done an outstanding job of restoring many of the Jurassic World sets, and they ensure you have the best experience while touring the property. The property itself really shows off Hawaii’s natural beauty; I often found myself gazing at my surroundings, taking it all in.

If you take the Premier Movie Sites Tour – which I recommend – then you are given 10% off at the gift shop too. What I did find strange however, is that there is not a single piece of Jurassic merchandise to be found. After asking around, it seems that Universal Pictures have not provided the rights for the Kualoa Ranch to sell merchandise, which is just downright bizarre. After visiting the Jurassic Park filming locations, doesn’t everybody want to buy a shirt? It seems like one of the most logical places to actually sell merchandise, yet there is none to be found. Even the staff found it odd.

Aside from that, the Kualoa Ranch is a must-see on the island of Oahu!

While there are many locations to be found on the island of Oahu, the island of Kauai is where a large chunk of Jurassic Park was filmed. We only had the day on Kauai so we did not get to see much, but two minutes from the airport is the Island Helicopters office – the only helicopter company that land at the Manawaiopuna Falls, the waterfall from Jurassic Park!

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This was the most surreal of it all. As you approach the waterfall, they play the Jurassic Park theme through your headphones – icing on the cake. It really places you there. Our pilot told me that some of the original pieces of the landing pad had been left on the other side of the plunge pool but I couldn’t quite make anything out in particular.

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Once you have gazed in awe at the waterfall the Helicopter tour continues, taking you around the beautiful island of Kauai and showing you the Nā Pali coast, hidden beaches and much more. It’s a great tour, the whole island looks like Isla Nublar. Our waterfall experience was amazing, and we even got to witness a wedding proposal – congratulations to Marissa and her partner! What a great place to have proposed.

It’s hard, if not impossible to say which location was my favourite to visit but the waterfall does comes close. The whole trip was absolutely wonderful and I’m so grateful to have seen the islands. It’s something I have wanted to do since as early as I can remember and this trip ticked all the boxes. I finally got to visit Jurassic Park. Hands down the best vacation I have had.

I want to thank Sean for showing us so much on the island of Oahu! The Reel News Hawaii/Jurassic Outpost meetup finally happened!

If you are lucky enough to take a vacation to Hawaii then be sure to check out the Kualoa Ranch website for more information on the tours they offer, and the Island Helicopters website for information on the waterfall tour!

I hope you have enjoyed this write-up and the photos too! This trip was filled with great memories that I’ll never forget. Have you been to the islands? Be sure to share your stories and photos with us in the comments section below!

Jurassic World 2 does not have a 260 million dollar budget, but let’s talk money

Jurassic World stomped all over the box office, shattering records, and earning a total gross 1.67 billion dollars – so it’s no surprise the sequel can safely afford a little extra wiggle room with the budget. The first film reportedly cost around 150 million dollars to make (not counting marketing and partnership investments), and the sequel is lined up to increase the budget. That said, recent headlines have jumped the gun about the exact number.


Spanish magazine XL Semanal ran a cover story on director J.A. Bayona, where the reports of an alleged 260 million dollar budget came from. However, before we go further: shortly after this information began making circulation, Slashfilm updated their article saying that a contact with Universal denied the report. Slashfilms source states that the budget has yet to be set, and they are still in the stages of pre-production where the factors that play into those decisions are evolving. They go on to say that it is unlikely the final budget will be anywhere close to that large of a number.

While this conflicts with the publications report, it’s incredibly unlikely that XL Semanal meant to misreport. In all likelihood, they were given that number as a ballpark estimate from their own sources and snuck it into a question for possible confirmation. When they bring up the budget, Bayona deflects the question stating that he hasn’t mentioned a 200million + budget to them prior, and certainly does not confirm the figure. Personally, I think 260million skews too high – though I wouldn’t be surprised to see a number like 200~225 million when it’s all said and done.

It’s worth noting that movie budgets are constantly in flux in the stages of early development. Reports stated that Jurassic World initially targeted a 185million budget, before being slashed down to 100~120 (citing the film Oblivion’s budget as a target). However, shortly after the budget talks were in flux, the movie was delayed to further develop the story, and the production happily landed on a healthy 150million dollar budget.


On the subject of money, there seems to be an ongoing commentary online that hopes a budget boost will equal more practical effects. Ultimately, while not always true, practical effects are usually not more expensive than CGI. What practical effects usually cost is something more vital, and most productions are short on: time. To create a practical puppet or animatronic of a Dinosaur, the design has to be locked in well in advance to produce the effect needed. Further, what the puppet needs to achieve on camera needs to be decided in advance, and planned. With CG, these things can more easily be changed on the spot and in post if needed, which is what most producers are comfortable with. Animatronics are a risk worth taking, but often times it’s hard to sell that fact to those in charge of spending the money.. the flexibility and safety net CG allows is very attractive.

Last I’ve heard, the dinosaurs designs are still early for the upcoming sequel, and have yet to be finalized. While I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least one practical creature, I unfortunately doubt we will see much more than the Apatosaurus animatronic from Jurassic World. However, a budget boost could still lead to better VFX and the tools to realize them, even when still utilizing heavier use of CG. CGI is an amazing artistic tool that movies often put to great use, but I do feel there was room for improvement with many of the Jurassic World dinosaurs.

No matter what the budget is for Jurassic World 2 is, it’s safe to say it will be afforded more than its predecessor. But it’s important to remember, a higher budget doesn’t always mean a better movie (nor does it mean worse). I’m personally hoping that a budget boost doesn’t mean more VFX shots, simply even better looking ones.. and perhaps the ability to film in unique locations!


So while this latest news cycle is a bit of ‘no news’, it has opened up an interesting dialog online. For those who want something new, I’ve got you covered: here’s a picture from the Los Angeles NBC Universal lot from about 2 weeks ago, where a Jurassic World 2 production meeting was held with special emphasis on Mattel! It’s not much, but is fun to see some evidence of the production in motion.

As always, stay tuned for the latest news, and sound off in the comments below!

Source: XL Semanal (thanks to JurassicWorldES for sharing the article, and Ana for assisting with a translation, plus Sickle_Claw for further translation context)

Sam Neill: “I don’t know where Alan Grant is now”

The character of Dr Alan Grant has not been seen on screen since 2001’s Jurassic Park 3, and while many were expecting some form of cameo or reappearance in the long-awaited sequel Jurassic World, none of the original cast members showed their face – excluding Dr Wu.


But that doesn’t mean the man who played him has not been busy – New Zealand actor Sam Neill has starred in a number of television series and movies over the past few years, and is currently traveling to promote one of his latest projects, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, which opened two days ago in UK cinemas.

In a recent interview with Yahoo! Movies, the interviewer asked the actor about Alan Grant and whether or not we will see him again. While the clickbait title of the original article will have you think Sam Neill outright said the character is dead, that’s not entirely true. After a slight pause, Sam Neill responded:

“I don’t know where Alan Grant is now. He might have died. He could have a new career as an accountant. He could be running for President of the United States, in a parallel universe. I don’t know where he is. I don’t know if anyone could find him, he’s disappeared.”

As the Yahoo! article states, while promoting movies actors have to sit in the same chair for hours while various journalists ask the same questions over and over, so it’s natural for the actor to start having a bit of fun.

However, Jurassic World made the choice to not include any of the original cast members in the movie, except of course Dr Wu. Some were expecting Ian Malcolm or Alan Grant in a cameo perhaps at the end of the film, but the filmmakers made a bold choice to not include them. That’s not to say some of the original cast members won’t return for a future sequel as some have expressed their interest, but at this point it is seeming unlikely.

Where do you think Dr Alan Grant is now? How would you like to see him return in a sequel? Let us know in the comments section below!

Source: Yahoo!, John Toner

Two New Interviews with Jurassic Park Arcade Developers!

Over the past few weeks, contributor Joshua Malone has been speaking with two developers from Raw Thrills about their latest arcade game Jurassic Park, which was released at the end of last year. The game was received incredibly well by fans and gamers alike, providing an interesting story between Jurassic Park 3 and leading up to Jurassic World.


Without spoiling the game, it involves the “clean-up” of Isla Nublar that happened before Jurassic World construction began, so it gives us a look at an abandoned island that many fans have wanted to see for quite some time.

Like traditional arcade games it is eccentric, colourful and ridiculous – and that’s what makes it fun. Aside from that, the art direction alone feels very “Jurassic Park”, mixing the deep Nublar jungles with InGen’s concrete buildings and facilities. The dinosaurs are very hybrid-esque with colourful skin patterns and wild behavior, and the game itself flows very nicely. It’s a perfect two player game.

The first interview is with John Scott who was the Lead Programmer for the game:

What new ideas did you try to incorporate into the game that people haven’t seen in previous Jurassic titles? (be it games, books, or the films)
The movies mostly focus on the chaos of dinosaurs getting out. But someone had to get them back to safety! That’s the adventure we wanted to present to players. Something that still shows the incredible danger of these dinosaurs but where they could still feel the accomplishment of bringing them back under control.

And the second was with Nate Vanderkamp, who was the Lead Artist and a Primary Game Designer:

Was there a reason RAW Thrills wanted this game to take place on Nublar (the first JP island) and not Sorna (Site B?)
I think that it just had more of the iconic locations from the original film (Visitor Center, Jungle Waterfall, Kitchen, Entrance Gate). Many people have nostalgia when thinking back to JP and we hoped to connect with players on that level.

The interviews are rich with new information and a great behind the scenes look at the game itself. Check out John Scott’s interview here, and the interview with Nate Vanderkamp here!

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If you can find this game in your local arcade then make sure you play it! Huge thanks to Josh for speaking with these two talented developers from Raw Thrills and for coming to us with the interviews! Be sure to check out our interviews page for more interviews we have published over the past few years.

J.A. Bayona talks Jurassic World 2, confirming new trilogy

‘Jurassic World 2’ director J.A. Bayona is currently at the Toronto International Film Festival, debuting his new film ‘A Monster Calls’. Unsurprisingly, press have taken this opportunity to not only talk to him about his latest film (which is receiving phenomenal reviews), but also to talk about the upcoming Jurassic World sequel. LRM Online have posted a new interview that provides an update on the production:


“I think they love ‘The Impossible’ and ‘The Orphanage’—especially Colin (Trevorrow) loved those movies,” Bayona told LRM. “It’s very interesting. The whole ‘Jurassic World’ is a trilogy that Colin Trevorrow has envisioned. We’re writing the second chapter, and it’s very interesting where he’s leading the story. I grew up watching Steven Spielberg movies and I love those movies and the legacy, so it’s a question of being truthful to the legacy and at the same time, bringing new stuff that people will appreciate. We are still six months ahead of shooting, and so far, so good. It’s very exciting right now.”

While diehard fans will not find the news of this being part of a trilogy too surprising, this is one of the more blunt confirmations of this fact. Personally, I’m reassured that he mentions being truthful to the legacy of the franchise, while also expanding into new territory. The Jurassic Park films were never meant to be mindless monster flicks, and it’s something fans have worried the inclusion of militarized dinosaurs or hybrids would lead to.

We’re six months out from the start of production (under the working title of Ancient Futures), and it’s likely news such as casting should begin to roll in this Fall. Hopefully Universal Pictures will share a bit more about the film, such as a logo tease, vague concept art, or even the title.

Stay tuned, as more interviews are likely to pop up from TIFF, and as always sound off in the comments below!

Source: LRM Online