Scarlett Johansson Offered Lead Role in Next Jurassic World Film

The Black Widow could be making her way into the ranks of Jurassic leading ladies! According to Hollywood insider Jeff Sneider, Scarlett Johansson has been offered the lead role in the next Jurassic World movie.

Johansson is known for many films, such as Lost in Translation, Lucy, The Prestige, Isle of Dogs, and The Island, more recently her work with Wes Anderson in Asteroid City, and of course her starring role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow – spy, assassin, and hero in multiple installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Needless to say, she has more than the chops for such a role as Jurassic, and this could be a great choice for a David Koepp character.

Jeff Sneider shared in his TheInSneider newsletter on March 13th:

Tonight, one of my best sources has told me that Scarlett Johansson has been offered the lead role in the new Jurassic World movie that Gareth Edwards is directing for Universal.

There’s no word on whether she has accepted yet, but her hiring would make a ton of sense, as she’s a proven movie star whom the studio has been high on ever since she powered 2014’s Lucy to a global haul of $469 million.

I’m told that Johansson met with Edwards and producer Frank Marshall at least once. A representative for the actress did not immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did Universal.

Production is slated to start this summer, and Johansson will have wrapped her feature directorial debut Eleanor the Invisible by then, so she should be available for the high-intensity shoot.

Sneider goes into more detail and discussion in his full newsletter and The Hot Mic podcast, so please be sure to check both of those out!

What do you think about this potential casting for Gareth Edwards’ upcoming Jurassic film? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for the latest!

Next Jurassic World Movie Confirmed to Film in UK at Sky Studios Elstree This Year

Filming and location rumors have been rumbling since the announcement that a new Jurassic World film is in development, and confirmation of certain details has come via Universal Pictures and Deadline:

NBCUniversal has confirmed that its new Jurassic World movie will film this year at its own Sky Studios Elstree in the UK.

With a release date already set for July 2025, the expectation from our sources is that the blockbuster will begin filming this summer, though that hasn’t been confirmed by the studio.

The confirmation of the movie filming at Sky Studios came from Universal’s sister company Sky, which today heralded UK government updates to the local tax credit and business rates.

The new Jurassic World movie will become the third major film to shoot at Universal’s Sky Studios venue — after Wicked and Paddington 3 — which opened last year. The film is also expected to shoot in other global destinations — most movies in the franchise have filmed in Hawaii, though that hasn’t been confirmed as a destination. Previous Jurassic World movies had shot at Pinewood in the UK but this one will not be filming there.

Further details and comments from director Gareth Edwards were also shared via Variety:

U.K. Government Unveils Tax Relief for Studios and Indie Film Credit as ‘Jurassic World 4’ Sets Shoot in Country

During the reading of the U.K. government’s spring budget on Wednesday, Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt revealed a 40% corporate tax relief for film and TV studios through 2034.

“We’re delighted that the Chancellor called ‘Cut’ today on TV and Film studio business rates, providing vital tax relief to enable the UK’s world-class film and TV production sector to continue to thrive,” Strong said. “Today’s announcement brings confidence to the sector, unlocking job opportunities whilst providing a stable foundation for the investments of tomorrow in the U.K., such as our proposal for Sky Studios Elstree North and the filming of NBCUniversal’s ‘Jurassic 4.’”

Jurassic World 4” director Gareth Edwards also expressed his delight at the news:

“Watching ‘Star Wars’ as a child, I always assumed blockbuster filmmaking was just a distant dream for someone growing up in the U.K. But then, as I watched the behind the scenes, I suddenly realized it was all filmed in a studio just outside of London. And that making ambitious commercial films is totally within the reach of British filmmakers,” he said. “When I finally got to make my first film ‘Monsters,’ it was made in the true independent style — with a small cast and crew, a tiny budget and shot in just a few weeks. I learnt so much, so fast, and would definitely describe it was one of the most creative experiences I’ve ever had. Without that opportunity I would never have been given ‘Godzilla,’ ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Creator’… And now as we organize shooting the new ‘Jurassic Park’ film in ‘a studio just outside London,’ I hope we inspire other new filmmakers to shoot small, but always dream big.”

Obviously of interest is the fact that Edwards refers to the film as “the new ‘Jurassic Park’” (we do know he’s a massive fan) as well as the news from Deadline that “the film is also expected to shoot in other global destinations.” It sounds as if studio filming in the UK may not be the only important production location for the next Jurassic film.

Are you excited for the next Jurassic World film and its prospective filming locations? What do you hope it will be? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for the latest news.

To the tune of the Jurassic Park theme by John Williams:

It’s Jurassic Park

It’s a UK Park

Will it film in Hawaii?

Mattel Renews Jurassic World Licensing Deal

Exciting news for Jurassic toy collectors: Mattel has officially renewed their licensing deal for Jurassic World toys and products!

More details from Mattel below:

Mattel and Universal Renew Jurassic World Licensing Partnership

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.— March 6, 2024— Mattel, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAT) and Universal Products & Experiences (UP&E) today announced they have renewed their licensing partnership to produce toys inspired by the iconic Jurassic World franchise. Through the agreement, Mattel will continue as UP&E’s global toy licensee for Jurassic World action figures, playsets, roleplay, preschool, vehicles, games, and plush based on more than 30 years of franchise characters and stories as well as future content plans, including the all new Jurassic World film just announced for 2025, and the upcoming animated series – Jurassic World: Chaos Theory from Universal Pictures, DreamWorks Animation and Amblin Entertainment – which will be available on Netflix later this year.

The renewal builds upon a longstanding licensing partnership between Mattel and UP&E for toys celebrating globally beloved IP which also includes DreamWorks Animation’s Trolls and Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious.

“We’re thrilled to announce the continuation of our best-in-class partnership on this blockbuster franchise,” said Nick Karamanos, SVP Entertainment Partnerships at Mattel. “Together, we’ve not only established Jurassic World as a top-tier toy property, but also built a legacy of evergreen success. Jurassic World fans are incredibly devoted and we are committed to delivering consistently stunning products, innovative marketing strategies, and impactful retail programs.”

“Mattel offers incredible innovation and craftsmanship along with a storied history of creating enduring toy lines,” said Rafa Macias, EVP and Global Commercial Officer for Universal Products & Experiences. “The 30-year legacy of the Jurassic World franchise is stronger than ever, and we’re excited to bring fans of all ages even more awe-inspiring and thrilling toys through this extended partnership.”

For Mattel’s current Jurassic World offering, visit

About Mattel

Mattel is a leading global toy company and owner of one of the strongest portfolios of children’s and family entertainment franchises in the world. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain, and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic brands, including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, Fisher-Price®, American Girl®, Thomas & Friends™, UNO®, Masters of the Universe®, Monster High® and MEGA®, as well as other popular intellectual properties that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming and digital experiences, music, and live events. We operate in 35 locations and our products are available in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world’s leading retail and ecommerce companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in empowering children to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential. Visit us online at

About the Jurassic World Franchise

In June 1993 Steven Spielberg’s groundbreaking Jurassic Park redefined the summer blockbuster and changed the culture forever. Since then, the Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment franchise has created six daring, innovative and epically entertaining films that have earned more than $6 billion worldwide. Jurassic World immerses audiences of all ages in a new era of wonder and thrills where dinosaurs and humankind must learn to coexist. Jurassic World is more than a film franchise. At every turn, the film series delivers a larger-than-life destination for exploration, discovery and epic adventure. Dinosaurs live again and they live in Jurassic World.

About Universal Products & Experiences

Universal Products & Experiences (UP&E) globally drives the expansion and elevation of NBCUniversal’s iconic collection of brands, intellectual properties, characters, and stories based on the company’s extensive portfolio of properties created by Universal Pictures, Illumination, DreamWorks Animation and NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. The division executes this through innovative physical and digital products, as well as engaging retail and product experiences across our expansive global theme park destinations (for both owned and third-party IP), location-based venues, e-commerce product platforms, and retailers around the world. Along with global brand strategy and creative, UP&E’s lines of business include Consumer Products and Games, along with Theme Parks Products & Retail. UP&E is a division of Universal Destinations & Experiences, part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. More information is available at

According to BusinessWire, it is a global, multi-year agreement that spans action figures, playsets, roleplay, preschool, vehicles, games, plush, and more. It seems the awesome toy and merchandise lines they have conceived and released for 6+ years will continue to bring action-packed, colorful, nostalgic Jurassic dinosaur and human sets to all ages.

What do you think about the renewal of Mattel’s Jurassic World licensing deal? Let us know in the comments!

Gareth Edwards in Final Talks to Direct the Next Jurassic World Film

After talks with David Leitch and his producing partners fell through, Universal Pictures and executive producers Steven Spielberg & Frank Marshall were on the hunt for a new director for the next Jurassic World film, and it looks like they have found their match: Gareth Edwards (director of 2010’s Monsters, 2014’s Godzilla, 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and 2023’s The Creator) is in final negotiations to direct the new film!

Executive producer Steven Spielberg, along with producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley, will spearhead the project under Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. Sara Scott and Jacqueline Garell will oversee production on behalf of Universal.

While specific plot details for the untitled Jurassic World sequel remain under wraps (other than ‘militarized dinos’ are not featured), the film is rumored to kickstart a “new Jurassic era” hinting at a fresh new, dinosaur-filled adventure – likely with no returning characters from past films. That’s right – anyone is fair game to be dinosaur food, as the character armor wielded by actors like Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Pratt, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum will no longer be directly related.

The script penned by Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park scribe David Koepp is reported to be ‘leaner and meaner’, invoking vague similarities to John Carpenter’s ‘Escape from New York’. It has been reported that Spielberg and the studio are very happy with the script, which is several drafts in, and as such are very protective of it and do not want the story meddled with. According to The Hollywood Reporter and Jeff Sneider, Spielberg is more involved this time as he does not want a repeat of ‘Jurassic World Dominion’, and became worried the series would follow the trajectory of the Transformers films becoming bigger and dumber with each installment.

Pre-production is expected to begin at Sky Studios in the UK at the end of this month, with filming starting in June. The movie is slated for release July 2nd, 2025.

Stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost, as more news is sure to be hatching soon.

David Leitch No Longer Directing Next Jurassic World Film As Talks Fall Through

In a somewhat shocking announcement, Deadline has reported that negotiations between Universal Pictures and David Leitch to direct the next Jurassic World film have fallen through due to creative differences, and the studio is now seeking their next choice to helm the film. This report comes only a few days after the John Wick director was announced as being “in talks” to direct Jurassic World 4. More from Deadline below:

Adding further context and intrigue to this news is The Hollywood Reporter, who shared insider knowledge about the nature of the director negotiations and the state of production on the next Jurassic:

“But more interesting was Universal’s new Jurassic World movie losing director David Leitch. The surprising news came only a few days after we and others wrote about him being in talks to tackle the dinos. What happened?

Part of the problem is that Universal is so far along on the project that Leitch would essentially have been more of a shooter than someone who could have really put his stamp on the film.

“There’s not enough time to work with new ideas,” one source told us of the film, which has a script by David Koepp and an ambitious July 2, 2025 release date. According to another source, the producers have already done some dino design work and soft prep on the movie.

But we can see why the film was attractive for someone like Leitch in the first place. It was going to lean into action territory (one source described it as having an Escape from New York vibe, but a Universal insider said that was not true. Well, what about the idea of weaponized dinosaurs? The insider said no.)

Either way, Universal will be looking for a new director ASAP.”

It seems Universal Pictures is moving quite quickly on the next Jurassic film, and very much wants to find the person they view as the right creative mind to bring it to life. This news could also suggest that they are very confident in Koepp’s script and story, and may not want too many changes from a new director that comes on board.

What an exciting, somewhat confusing, and wild few weeks of Jurassic news we have had. What are your thoughts about the state of production on the next Jurassic World and who do you think should fill the director’s chair? Let us know in the comments!

Steve Brusatte Returning as Paleontology Consultant for Upcoming Jurassic World Film

Recently exciting news broke that a brand new Jurassic World film is in the works with the legend David Koepp on board to write. It seems the production will continue to add excellent talent, as Dr. Steve Brusatte is returning as paleontology consultant for the film as well – once again filling the role Dr. Jack Horner assumed on Jurassic films past. Every Jurassic film has benefitted greatly from the knowledge of dinosaur experts, and the next Jurassic World film will be no different.

Brusatte shared and confirmed the news on social media:

Brusatte contributed important dinosaur and creature insights on Jurassic World: Dominion, and is a great educator, author, and communicator in the paleontology and science communities. This announcement affirms that some thrilling prehistoric encounters are in store for audiences in the next Jurassic film.

What do you think about Steve Brusatte returning as paleontology consultant for this film? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost as there will be no shortage of production news about the next Jurassic World film as we move forward!

New Jurassic World Movie in the Works with David Koepp Writing

In incredible news we are somewhat shocked to read, a brand new Jurassic World movie is in the works at Universal Pictures with none other than David Koepp (screenwriter of both Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park) on board to write!

More from The Hollywood Reporter, who originally reported this story:

Universal is said to be moving fast with the script from Koepp, who penned Steven Spielberg’s original ‘Jurassic Park’ and its 1997 sequel.

You can’t keep a good T. rex down.

Although it’s been two years since the last time dinosaurs roamed the Earth in 2022’s Jurassic World Dominion, Universal Pictures has hardly kept its biggest franchise trapped in amber.

The studio is deep into the development of an all-new Jurassic World movie and has David Koepp back at the keyboard. Koepp was the writer of the original 1993 Jurassic Park, famously directed by Steven Spielberg, and its sequel, 1997’s Jurassic Park: The Lost World.

The project, which has been flying under the radar, is far enough along, and the script in a well-liked shape, that the studio is whispering of a possible 2025 release date.

There is no director on board, but Frank Marshall, the veteran and celebrated producer who oversaw the Jurassic World trilogy, is back producing, as is another Jurassic vet, Patrick Crowley. Spielberg will executive produce via his Amblin Entertainment banner.

It is unclear what form the relaunch is taking. It is known to be launching a “new Jurassic era,” per sources, with an all-new storyline. That would seem to rule out the return of the characters played by Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. And it seems characters featured in the original Jurassic Park movies, played by Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, would not be involved.

The fact that it’s being called a new “Jurassic World” instead of “Jurassic Park” may also be telling. That would suggest that the franchise is likely not taking a back-to-basics approach but could go to parts unknown (Jurassic Space? Just putting it out there).

The Jurassic franchise is a key jewel in Universal’s film history with the 1993 original movie redefining special effects and having a long-lasting impact on pop culture. Six movies have been made over the span of three decades, earning more than $6 billion worldwide. The original Jurassic Park adapted the 1990 novel by Michael Crichton.

Executive VP of Production Development Sara Scott and Creative Executive of Production Development Jacqueline Garell will oversee the project for Universal.

Koepp is the veteran screenwriter whose credits range from the original Mission: Impossible (1996) film and the first Spider-Man movie (2002) to Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) and last year’s Indy entry, Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.

Needless to say, we are unbelievably excited for not only this film, but the future of Jurassic in 2024 and beyond!

Who will direct and star in this new film? What will the title be, and who will provide musical underscore? Those are among the most enticing questions as we move forward. Who do you think should come on board and be involved in the next film chapter of the Jurassic story?

Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost here and on YouTube for all the latest news!

Mattel’s ’93 Classic T. Rex Joins The Dinosaur Roster Of Jurassic World Alive!

Jurassic World Alive players rejoice! A truly awesome new dinosaur is joining the game: Mattel’s ’93 Classic T. rex. Boasting the striking red color scheme of the classic Kenner toy, this ferocious dino is ready to join your Jurassic World Alive collection! You can unlock this iconic dinosaur all month long by entering in-game events and collecting DNA.

Sprayground Opens The Gates for An Epic Jurassic Park 30th Anniversary Collaboration

Acclaimed travel fashion brand Sprayground has announced a new collaboration with Universal Pictures – joining the myriad of fantastic merchandise offerings in this year’s Jurassic Park 30th Anniversary celebration. Boasting the iconic Jurassic T. rex branding, highest quality materials, and classic jungle-esque colors, we can confirm their brand new Jurassic backpacks are outstanding – and a great way to make your everyday travel style even more Jurassic.

More from our unboxing and Sprayground below:

Sprayground Opens The Gates Of “Jurassic Park” For An Epic Collaboration

With The Rebelliousness Found In Every Sprayground Design And Adventurous Thrills Of Jurassic Park, This Collaboration Is Daring And Exciting

New York, NY, 2023: Brace yourselves for this collaboration that is 65 million years in the making. The renowned travel fashion brand Sprayground teams up with Universal Products & Experiences for a Jurassic Park-inspired collection to take us along the journey to explore Isla Nublar. This unique collaboration represents the essence of adventure and excitement that stems from the original 1993 film – celebrating its 30th anniversary this year – that will entice anyone to embark on this prehistoric adventure with them.

Sprayground keeps the dinosaurs at bay with their Jurassic Park bag, featuring cage-like straps over the images of the crates where these vicious predators are being kept. It also features the Sprayground’s legendary shark motif, matching the tone of fierceness and thrills. With their Jurassic Island bag, the calm blue seas are disrupted by the green island that is in the shape of the iconic “mark of Jurassic Park” while also having other dinosaurs flying above the island and soaring through the sky. The intricate design of the well-known T. rex skeleton logo makes this bag stand out.

The Jurassic Park x Sprayground collection is one to have with its clever designs and durability. Disrupt the mundane of the everyday with these exclusive bags that are guaranteed to showcase your level of style. Functional and fashionable, these Jurassic Park-inspired bags are perfect for fans of the blockbuster franchise. Even without being trapped inside the amazing dinosaur park, these adventure-packed backpacks will transport you to when dinosaurs ruled earth.

The full-sized backpack features multiple pockets throughout, an ergonomic mesh back padding to keep your posture upright and comfortable, a separate laptop compartment with velour compartments to stash your laptop – keeping your daily essentials secure and readily accessible. This bag will not only fit all your backpack needs, but the bag will also outshine all your fashion needs.

The Jurassic Park x Sprayground backpacks are available to purchase for $80 USD each at and exclusive boutiques nationwide.


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Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures in ‘Life On Our Planet’ On Netflix – from Executive Producer Steven Spielberg!

“To understand life we must go back to the beginning.”

From executive producer Steven Spielberg and the Emmy® Award-winning team behind Our Planet, this is the story of Life on Our Planet.

Life spanning multiple time periods of earth’s history looks to be showcased in Netflix’s upcoming docuseries Life On Our Planet – narrated by Morgan Freeman! The 8-episode series’ logline reads:

“This is the story of life’s epic battle to conquer and survive on planet Earth. Today there are 20 million species on our planet, yet what we see is just a snapshot in time — 99% of earth’s inhabitants are lost to our deep past. The story of what happened to these dynasties — their rise and their fall – is truly remarkable. In partnership with Industrial Light & Magic, the series uses the latest technology and science to bring long extinct creatures back to life. Life on Our Planet reveals the incredible story of life on our planet.

The incredible story of life’s epic, four-billion-year journey on Earth comes alive in this series – streaming October 25th!