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.
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!
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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?
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.”
All these books discussed the various scripts that were written: a vital part in creating a strong skeleton to support the body of each film. It’s a process that can take a lot of time, and a lot of drafts, to get just right. Their creation is more interesting and complicated than people may realize, making a whole book dedicated to the subject something ‘Jurassic’ fans have wanted for some time. Each of the six films in the franchise (so far) undoubtedly has fascinating stories behind their screenplays. However, the original film, adapted from the bestselling novel by Michael Crichton, had perhaps the biggest challenges.
Jurassic Park gave moviegoers an unforgettable thrill ride. Now, on the film’s 30th anniversary, fans can experience Jurassic Park in an all-new way with this deluxe, annotated edition of Michael Crichton and David Koepp’s script. This script book is annotated by franchise expert James Mottram (Jurassic Park: The Ultimate Visual History, Jurassic World: The Ultimate Visual History), offering commentary and insight into the behind-the-scenes story of the film. Fully illustrated with film stills, concept art, and other key visuals, this is a must-have collectible for Jurassic Park fans and a fitting tribute to a landmark film.
There is a lot more to this book than simply David Koepp’s script. To discover what’s beyond the cover, join me on a grand adventure at Isla Nublar via the video below (or an abridged version)! For an even more detailed look, continue reading this article!
DAVID KOEPP’S 12-11-1992 FINAL CONTINUITY DRAFT
The book features the 12-11-1992 draft by David Koepp, known as the final “Continuity Script.” What sets it apart from a more polished final draft are some beefier descriptions and the inclusion of some alternate dialogue for sequences that director Steven Spielberg would have to choose from. This gives the reader an additional “alternate universe” for certain scenes. The script also includes some moments that were filmed but cut, such as the reveal of why the Triceratops was only sick “every six weeks” and not all the time.
The only part of the script not included are the “Appendices.” These were two pages at the end of the script that had John Hammond’s dialogue heard during the lunch scene as a slide show played behind the characters. Most copies of the script didn’t include thesepages, so their absence isn’t exactly inaccurate to what the majority of cast and crew members had. Thankfully, they do at least get mentioned in one of the book’s many annotations, featuring a summary of what they consisted of.
INTRODUCTION & ANNOTATIONS BY JAMES MOTTRAM
The author of both Insight Editions ‘Jurassic’ Visual History books returns to provide additional content alongside the script. A lengthy introduction details the overall history of the film’s screenplays, before unveiling Koepp’s draft itself. Nearly every spread features an annotated section on the side, containing information that ranges from details exclusively revealed by David Koepp himself, comparisons to earlier drafts, alternate ideas from the previous screenwriters, and other behind-the-scenes intel. The added material James Mottram provides is written in a clear and engaging way that greatly stirs the excitement of the reader as they delve into the film’s script. One of the many exclusive quotes from Koepp explains why his original draft did not include Ian Malcolm; the mathematician who constantly is at odds with what ‘Jurassic Park’ is trying to accomplish.
“Honestly, it was because it was too hard,” he admits. “If you read the book, he talks a lot. He talks about math a lot, and he talks and abstracts a lot. And I just couldn’t figure out how to make it visual. I couldn’t figure out how to. And I thought about all sorts of things.”
INSIGHT ABOUT THE PREVIOUS SCREENWRITERS AND THEIR DRAFTS
As mentioned, the annotations not only cover Koepp and his various drafts but also the screenwriters who tackled the film before him. Michael Crichton was the first to adapt his own novel into a screenplay, producing a pair of completed drafts. One detail James conjures is how a Crichton draft opened with a scene that would later front Spielberg’s film adaptation of ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park.’
In his revised draft, Crichton opened with a variation on the novel’s second major sequence, where a young vacationer, Tina, is attacked on a deserted Costa Rican beach by a Compy. He also includes another early scene from the novel, set at New York’s Tropical Disease Lab, in which one Dr. Richard Stone and his technician Alice examine Tina’s sketch of the Compy, with Stone reaching the conclusion it’s a lizard.
“The idea of an umbrella squirting water is pretty ridiculously funny,” says Carter. “You have this thing designed to keep the water out. It’s actually squirting water!” The concept of a branded novelty umbrella came up during brainstorming sessions, adds Carter, when he and others on the team began to consider, “How would the dinosaur experience be commercialized in that park, and that Visitor Center?”
James also had an exclusive conversation with Malia Scotch Marmo, the penultimate screenwriter brought on board. While she only penned a single draft as well, her ideas were still an important part of the screenwriting process until Spielberg ultimately chose another direction. Scotch Marmo even contributed to a vital casting recommendation that became a reality!
Described in the book as “twenty-four and darkly tanned,” with her blonde hair tied back, Dr. Ellie Sattler proved to be a difficult role to cast. “Steven sent me clips of young actresses to play Ellie,” recalls Scotch Marmo. “The clips showcased the actresses in previous film roles. I noticed they were all ingénues. They had youth and a certain naïveté and freshness. I kept thinking they were missing the mark. Ellie is a scientist. Perhaps because my father was an astrophysicist, I couldn’t buy the actors he was showing me as realistic in any way . . . in a science fiction movie like Jurassic Park believability was essential. Steven is very open to push back, and he asked, ‘Who would you like?’” The writer made a case for Laura Dern, who coincidentally had impressed Spielberg in the 1985 film Smooth Talk.
LOADS OF CONCEPT ARTWORK, STORYBOARDS, & OTHER IMAGES
While both ‘Jurassic’ Visual History books were filled with production artwork and other images from the entire franchise, this book is only focused on the first film. Despite the included script being essentially the film that made it to the screen, the pages are filled with seemingly endless concept art, storyboards, and blueprints that cover many iterations. These materials transport the reader into the film’s art department during the creative process that helped shape the story just as much as the scripts did. This includes early designs by John Bell for lead characters before the actors were cast, never-before-seen storyboards of the famous Main Road attack sequence by David Lowery, a pair of slides from the lunch room scene by Caroline Quinn, and numerous artwork showcasing the omitted river and helicopter attack sequences. Peppered throughout are wonderful stills and other photographs from the film itself. Overall, much of the amazing artwork is not present in the other Insight Editions volumes, or any book.
Countless artists worked on the film, for a much longer period than most get these days. All the concept artwork is credited to each artist; however, the storyboards were tricky to identify given several artists often worked on just a single sequence. The final page of the book credits those artists who were able to be identified, but the entire art department should be forever applauded for their immense contributions to this film.
It wouldn’t be an honest article without referring to the “dinosaur in the room”: the front cover of this book. The artwork used was not made during the production of the film, but a recent selection of “key art” provided by Universal. To put it nicely, it’s definitely not the cover I would have chosen. It doesn’t appear inside the book itself, although a small selection of other recent artwork to celebrate the film’s 30th anniversary is present. They are, thankfully, quite a bit more appealing.
However, being asked by James Mottram to join him in the production of this book was a dream come true. I have always been entranced by the many scripts of ‘Jurassic Park,’ as well as the thousands of artwork that was created before cameras ever rolled. After I read the original ‘Making Of Jurassic Park’ book, I was obsessed with peeking further behind the curtain to see the creative process of how it was all done. Over the years, I collected hard to find documents and artwork that would have otherwise been lost in time. Several of these materials, along with my own insights, enhanced this book’s content. To be associated with a book like this, for my favorite film, is something I will be eternally thankful for.
Another fan is given special mention for helping with this book: Astrid Vega (pictured with me, above, in 2018). She once ran The Jurassic Park Collection, until she sadly passed away in 2019. Astrid was a collector of many production materials that she shared with fans for years, and thanks to her, some of those are now showcased in this book.
DIGITAL E-BOOK EDITION ALSO AVAILABLE
While the physical hardcover edition is my preferred way to possess this unique book, there is also a digital e-book version available separately. This is a departure from both “Visual History” books, since those featured additional inserts that were referenced in the text that couldn’t be adapted in this format. Some may prefer a digital version for the cheaper price point and to avoid high shipping costs in certain areas of the world. E-books are also handy for quicker research, with the ability to find text in seconds. The way I see it, having a digital edition also available ensures all ‘Jurassic Park’ fans have a fair chance to seek a copy of this book!
THE PERFECT WAY TO CONCLUDE THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY!
This year’s 30th anniversary of ‘Jurassic Park’ is coming to an end, and what better way to celebrate it than by experiencing every word of the film in this fully illustrated form? Yeah, I know, I may be a little biased in this endorsement. However, I hope this detailed article on what the book consists of, with some exclusive first-look images, will entice you to seek a hardcover or digital copy today! This is the kind of book I have always wanted for ‘Jurassic Park!’ James Mottram, and the staff of Insight Editions, have gone out of their way to make this new entry in their series “spared no expense.” Perhaps someday the other films in the series will get script books of their own? There are definitely more stories to uncover, and artwork that deserves to be unearthed, before becoming extinct.
Do you plan on checking out the first script book ever for a ‘Jurassic Park’ film? Would you like to see Insight Editions tackle ‘The Lost World’ next? Share your thoughts in the comments below and stay informed with Jurassic Outpost for the latest!
Rick Carter’s production design process has been instrumental in bringing classic films to life for decades, such as ‘Forrest Gump’, ‘Back To The Future 2’, & ‘Avatar.’ They all get a spotlight in the “cinema room”, but Rick’s ‘Jurassic’ art features unique collages he created during ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’. For the first film, he cobbled together ideas for the now-iconic Visitor Center, and for the sequel he depicted dinosaurs on and off Isla Sorna.
During this time, prints of some of these collages from the ‘Jurassic’ films are on sale at Rick Carter’s Art site! These limited edition prints are numbered and signed by Rick himself, making for a unique and special addition to any fan’s collection!
The exhibit also features original art by Rick that is not related to any film, including portraits of faces that come to his mind. This collection of art, with prints also available, details Rick’s personal connection to faces of the world.
“As an artist I have attempted over the years […] to express the spirit of the many people who now travel within me as I continue my journey [around the world]. […] Many of the people I now paint or draw have come from my imagination. I don’t know who will emerge when I begin. But I do know where most of them come from. They are derived mostly from the people I encountered while traveling. Over time, some of them have become embedded and then embellished like pearls into almost real characters within my soul. They resonate as a group inside of me – creating a dialogue amongst my inner collection of people.”
This exhibit will run from December 2nd to December 11th, but the prints will remain online until they are sold out. Don’t miss out on your chance to see or own official prints of production artwork from ‘Jurassic Park!’ It’s amazing that even after thirty years there is still much to see and talk about regarding the original films from the franchise. Rick’s art is a capsule of special moments in time where his creativity gave birth to what we all know and love today. But his vision goes beyond the films he worked on, and this exhibit is an amazing tribute to his inspirational talent, and an amazing human being.
For a look at how Rick Carter also adapted the script of ‘Jurassic Park’ during the film’s production, watch Jurassic Time’s ‘Rick Carter’s Jurassic Park,’ an illustrated audio drama! Also check out the newly-released ‘Jurassic Park: The Official Script Book‘ that contains new quotes from Rick with a concept sketch he made for the Visitor Center’s rotunda!
Will you be able to visit Rick Carter’s exhibit? Interested in his art prints? Did you know collages like Rick’s are instrumental in the design process of films like ‘Jurassic Park?’ Let us know in the comments below and stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for the latest!
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!
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
Limited Run Games recently announced the upcoming Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection, featuring vintage Jurassic Park video games from the NES, Game Boy and SNES consoles.
The collection just grew in size with the addition of even more classic titles: Jurassic Park & Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition that were originally released on the Sega Genesis are now part of the collection and have “bonus Carbon Engine features” like save states and in-game maps.
Check out the announcement below:
We’ve got a JURASSIC piece of news to share with you!
The Jurassic Park Classic Games Collection gets tougher, faster and more dangerous than ever with the inclusion of MORE classic titles from the 16-bit era!
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.
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