Sony Pictures Dedicates Music Building to John Williams on Historic Lot

The legendary John Williams has had a music building dedicated to him on the historic Culver City Lot by Sony Pictures Entertainment, and was honored by Directors Steven Spielberg and J.J. Abrams among others at the ceremony. And check out that poster to the right!

The newly named John Williams Music Building honors the Academy, Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer for his contributions to the world of film and music. With 53 Academy Award nominations, Williams is the most nominated individual in Academy history and has had a prolific career that has spanned more than six decades.

“The first time I came to this studio was 1940 when my father brought me here to show me the stage. I was about 9 or 10 years old, and I thought, someday, this will all be mine! It’s finally come to be – it’s only taken me 92 years to get here! My hope and challenge for the next 100 years is to put in the work, make some good music, and make the next 100 years as good as the last,” Williams said at the ceremony. “This is bigger than ‘thank you’ – there are no words that can capture it in the English language; our language stops there. This is beyond an honor.”

Spielberg, who has worked on 29 projects with Williams said, “I have grown up with Johnny from the very beginning. What he’s done for me is something I haven’t been able to imagine. This building is where all my stress dissipates when I finally get to this stage of production, and I know I’m in your hands.” He added, “In the end, I don’t recognize the movies as mine but as ours. Thank you, Johnny. My movies would not be the same without you.”

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Welcome to Jurassic Park: Survival! New Video Game Announced

Unveiled earlier this evening at The Game Awards, Saber Interactive announced Jurassic Park: Survival, an upcoming single-player action-adventure for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S!

Wow.

Return to Isla Nublar the day after the events of the beloved 1993 Jurassic Park film in an original adventure 65 million years in the making.

Survive thrilling first-person action as InGen scientist Dr. Maya Joshi, who was unable to evacuate Isla Nublar, in this single-player action-adventure game and discover a never-before-told story.   

Through thrilling encounters, experience the wonder and danger of dinosaurs, each with their own distinct and adaptive behaviors brought to life by John Hammond’s vision.

Check out our detailed breakdown where we examine the trailer:

You can subscribe to the official website for release updates. What do you think of the trailer? Share your thoughts below!

Isla Sorna Expedition Pack Joins the Legacy Collection in Our Final Episode of Beyond The Gates!

This year has been full of exciting reveals from Mattel and the final episode is no different! Joining the Legacy Collection and expanding the vehicles from The Lost World: Jurassic Park, it’s the Isla Sorna Expedition Pack!

Featuring none other than Dieter Stark, this set comes with Compies, a Velociraptor, and InGen’s Unimog, based upon the original concept art for the movie by John Bell!

Join Chris, Mattel’s MVP Rafael Bencosme, along with conceptual artist on Jurassic Park and The Lost World John Bell who talks us through his artwork and inspiration! Watch the episode below:

The Isla Sorna Expedition Pack from Mattel is now available to pre-order exclusively (in the US) at Target.com! Don’t miss your chance to grow your own InGen vehicle collection by pre-ordering now.

We wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you who watched Beyond The Gates and supported the show over these last three years. It has been such an honour to work on this program, and to work so closely with the talented people at Universal Pictures and Mattel.

We always intended the episodes to feature as much new behind the scenes material as we could, and getting to speak with the incredible talent who made our favourite movies has been nothing short of a dream. Learning the processes behind designing Mattel’s collectibles with the very designers themselves has been so exciting, and we hope we’ve managed to entertain along the way.

Beyond The Gates spanned three seasons, and spawned the spinoff show Jurassic World Revealed which we also produced and localized for 7 countries.

We also want to take a moment to thank the incredibly talented composer Caleb Burnett who has been with us from the very beginning. He composed our wonderful theme music and episodic music throughout and also worked with us on Revealed. Beyond The Gates wouldn’t be what it is without you!

While our work with the show is coming to an end, you can expect more great things in the near future! Thank you again to our wonderful partners and to all of you for watching along!

– Jack and Chris

Order the Jurassic Park ‘Lab Tour Dr. Henry Wu’ on Mattel Creations!

THE DOCTOR IS IN! And Mr. DNA, where did you come from?

Mattel Creations have just launched pre-orders for this all-new Hammond Collection set, the Jurassic World Hammond Collection Lab Tour Dr. Henry Wu.

The set is a limited exclusive to Mattel Creations and is available to pre-order for $30 USD directly at the Mattel Creations website!

Check out the detail below:

Gain access to InGen’s ground zero, where the greatest dino DNA discoveries unfolded. Inside the Hammond Lab, your tour is led by the less-than-humble technician, Dr. Henry Wu, and an anthropomorphic double helix, Mr. DNA. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Jurassic Park, our exclusive set features first-time Hammond Collection characters, transporting you to the start of a story that’s millions of years old.   The journey opens in the unboxing. Breach the security system doors to enter the lab, where lights flicker ominously. The packaging includes film details, an egg incubator, and other testing equipment. There are even sounds, as Dr. Wu and Mr. DNA have 4 button-activated phrases triggered through a button on the packaging.   

• JURASSIC WORLD HAMMOND COLLECTION Lab Tour Dr. Henry Wu 
• Dr. Wu figure has swappable hands and 4 button-activated phrases 
• Mr. DNA speaks with 4 button-activated phrases      
• Accessories include a lab clipboard, raptor hatchling, and pencil 
• Lab lights flicker  
• Packaging features Mr. DNA, dino DNA genetic board, egg incubator structure, and testing equipment   

Colors and decorations may vary. Purchase limits subject to change at the sole discretion of Mattel.

The set joins an ever-growing variety of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World collectibles from Mattel’s Hammond Collection. Check out a gallery of photos below!

A lot of love has gone into this set and if you want to grow your own Jurassic collection with the original 1993 Dr. Henry Wu, be sure to pre-order it now, directly on Mattel Creations!

Welcome to the Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes!

The first trailer for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes is here, and it looks fantastic. Check it out below:

Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.

In theaters May 24, 2024.

We’re excited for this one, what do you think?

‘Beasts of the Mesozoic’ Creator Launches CYBERZOIC – Sci Fi Dinosaur and Dragon Action Figures with Kickstarter Campaign

Indie toymaker Creative Beast has launched its first science-fiction IP via a Kickstarter campaign! Cyberzoic is created by toy industry veteran David Silva who’s known for the successful Beasts of the Mesozoic line of dinosaur collectibles.

David has worked with Neca, McFarlane, and on the 2009 Jurassic Park Hasbro toy line, and you can check out our 2021 interview with David about his work here.

Inspired by classic sci-fi and fantasy properties Dino-Riders, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, and Zoids, Cyberzoic follows humanity’s fight for survival on a distant planet in the future. Its intricate action figures and comic books feature armored dinosaurs, dragons, prehistoric mammals, alien wildlife, and warring human clans.

Those who want to back the Cyberzoic Kickstarter have until Thursday, November 2nd at 9pm ET. Check out the feature gallery below along with the full press release!

Read the full press release below:

HACKENSACK, NJ – October 3, 2023 – Creative Beast Studio today launched its first unique science fiction IP “Cyberzoic” with a Kickstarter campaign. Cyberzoic tells a compelling story about the near-extinction of humankind via a dedicated line of intricate action figures and comic book series depicting armored dinosaurs, fearsome dragons, prehistoric mammals, and various alien wildlife. Its singular narrative will engage sci-fi, fantasy, wildlife, and action figure enthusiasts. Fans can support the Cyberzoic Kickstarter campaign here.

Toy designer David Silva originally conceived the Cyberzoic storyline in college. Inspired by classic sci-fi and fantasy properties including Dino-Riders, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, and Zoids, but with a hard edge aimed at adults, Cyberzoic explores themes of power, technological innovation, environmentalism, conservation, culture, colonialism, and our place among the natural world. Leaning on 20 years of experience crafting figures for major entertainment brands including Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Spiderman, G.I. Joe, Terminator 2, Aliens, Predator, Spawn, and Pacific Rim,as well as launching a line of scientifically-accurate dinosaur action figures, “Beasts of the Mesozoic,” David is finally bringing his Cyberzoic vision to life as only he can. 

“I’ve been so inspired by sci-fi and adventure stories since I was a kid. I also loved natural history growing up, but the entertainment properties that catered to this passion never fully achieved the artistic potential of their premises, often compromising the wonder and beauty that true natural history has to offer in favor of more familiar trends and tropes. To finally put my own spin on a concept that brings together people, dinosaurs, and dragons is a dream come true,” said Silva. “I’ve had the foundation of Cyberzoic kicking around in my head for three decades. After the success of the ‘Beasts of the Mesozoic’ brand, it was time to develop a story on the opposite end of that timeline, bringing the dinosaurs into the science fiction genre and making Cyberzoic a reality. My goal is not only to present ideas and concepts that people have never seen together before, but also explore our connection with other forms of life, both familiar and alien.” 

The initial $205,000 Kickstarter goal includes all-new action figures of the two main characters, Dragolina and Argentues, a fan-favorite dinosaur (Allosaurus), the mighty Arctic Dragon, and the legendary Saber-toothed Tiger! There are four human clans planned to be represented (Tech, Fire, Dragon, and Desert), all living among dragons, dinosaurs, prehistoric mammals, and alien wildlife. Other popular dinosaurs not yet released in Creative Beasts’ “Beasts of the Mesozoic” series will be featured in Cyberzoic as stretch goal items, including Dilophosaurus, Deinonychus, Carnotaurus, Utahraptor, and Achillobator. And from their backward compatibility with several Beasts of the Mesozoic dinosaur figures, several of the new dinosaur armor units can convert into vehicles or robotic animals! 

The Kickstarter will also include an exclusive art print and concept art calendar for 2024, only available during the campaign. A comic book is planned to be included with the figures at release, telling the Cyberzoic story through vivid art and character-building storylines.If the initial Kickstarter goal is met, additional animals, human characters, and armor units will be unlocked as stretch goals. 

Set 1
– Allosaurus j. (1/18th) – $100 (MSRP $119.99)
– Dragonslayer armor unit- $40 (MSRP $49.99)
– Argenteus – 4″ pilot- $25 (MSRP $27.99)
– Allosaurus bundle – $155

Set 2
– Smilodon p. (1/12th) – $55 (MSRP $64.99)
– Saberbeast armor unit – $25 (MSRP $29.99)
– Dragolina – 3.75″ rider – $25 (MSRP $27.99)
– Smilodon bundle – $100

Item 3
– Arctic Dragon (Kuraokami) – $200 (MSRP $229.99)

Set 4
– All-In Launch Bundle – $450 (MSRP $550.93)

Cyberzoic Storyline
2170 AD. AI and synthetic ecosystems have solved the problems of overpopulation and hunger. Humanity has now turned its entire focus to exploring the cosmos. Soon manned space flights discover an Earth-like planet capable of sustaining life, which they name Gaea 2. The planet is home to a variety of alien wildlife — including highly-intelligent ‘dragons.’ As humanity studies and colonizes the planet, the dragons fight back, pushing these peaceful visitors to the brink of extinction. 

But all is not well on Earth either. One day, all communication with Gaea 2 stops. There are no more supply shipments and contact with their home planet is completely lost. Soon, the people of Earth are presumed dead except for Gaea 2’s scientific and military residents. But the humans won’t go down so easily. Using the research technology they brought with them, they create biological weapons of their own: genetically-engineered embryos that “birth” Earth’s mightiest prehistoric creatures. Programmed to obey their masters and outfitted in protective armor, these terrifying beasts help the humans push back against the dragon attacks while they terraform Gaea 2. This saves the human species, but destroys the world’s natural habitats.

With the threat of human extinction seemingly resolved, the colonizers split into factions. Each clan champions its own philosophy about ensuring the long-term survival of humanity. Bitter conflicts erupt, leading to power struggles, uneasy alliances, and devastating new technology.

Who will win the war for Gaea 2? Or will humanity eradicate itself?

What do you think of Cyberzoic and will you be supporting the Kickstarter campaign? Share your thoughts below!

Fallen Kingdom’s Carnotaurus Joins The Hammond Collection in Beyond the Gates

Mattel’s Hammond Collection keeps on growing! Last month the show unveiled Owen and Blue from Jurassic World, and this month Fallen Kingdom’s Carnotaurus joins the collection.

Join Chris, Mattel’s Greg Murphy, and Fallen Kingdom’s Visual Effects Supervisor David Vickery who go behind the scenes through the detailed design process for both the toy and the film dinosaur! Check out the full episode below:

This new item from Mattel is now available to pre-order exclusively (in the US) at Target.com! Don’t miss your chance to grow your Fallen Kingdom Hammond Collection by pre-ordering now.

Don’t miss more Beyond The Gates next month!

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The Mystery Behind Jurassic Park 3’s Forgotten Video Game

Do you remember the Jurassic Park 3 video game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox?

No? Oh, that’s right, it was cancelled.

Like most promising Jurassic Park games, Jurassic Park: Survival was planned as a tie-in to 2001’s Jurassic Park 3 before developer Savage Entertainment ceased development. Months later, Universal cancelled the game altogether.

But why? We’ve explored the mystery behind this third-person survival game in our new video:

Do you remember this title? Share your thoughts below!

What Happened to the Live-Action Jurassic World TV Series?

Do you remember the reports of a live-action Jurassic World television series being in development? The series had enlisted Jurassic alumni Colin Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg as producers, alongside newcomers Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, both presidents at Amblin Television.

It listed Vancouver, Canada as its primary production location, which is a film and TV hotspot, and where Jurassic World Dominion began filming in 2020.

Unfortunately the show never left the early development phase, but what happened? We explore this and more in our new video:

What kind of Jurassic Park (or World) show would you like to see? Would you like to go back to the construction of the original Jurassic Park, or would you like to see a dinosaur-infested world post Dominion? Let’s discuss below!

First Look at LEGO Jurassic Park: The Unofficial Retelling

In August Peacock announced a LEGO exclusive hitting their platform that seemed to be focused on the first Jurassic Park.

The trailer for the “Unofficial Retelling” dropped this morning, check it out below:

We also have a synopsis:

Welcome to LEGO Jurassic Park: The Unofficial Retelling! After finding his journal, Chaos Mathematician Dr. Ian Malcolm recalls the mishaps and mayhem from 30 years ago about the island amusement park filled with prehistoric dinosaurs who escape and run amok…a story 65 million bricks in the making! Streaming on Peacock October 10th

What do you think? Will you be checking this out?