Jurassic Park is back in theaters, just in time for the 20th anniversary of its release in 1993, albeit converted to 3D. If you somehow haven’t seen one of the greatest pure popcorn movies of all time, then you should to see Jurassic Park 3D, because Jurassic Park is absolutely a Movie to See Before You Die.
In January, it was announced that Jurassic Park IV will be heading our way in 2014, 13 years after Jurassic Park III. Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall are returning to produce the film, but it was acknowledged right away that Spielberg would not direct.
Now, the movie’s director has been revealed, and it’s a choice that’s a bit out of left field: Colin Trevorrow, whose sole feature film directorial credit is 2012‘s low-budget sci-fi romance Safety Not Guaranteed.
Trevorrow was actually rumored at one point to be directing a Star Wars movie, so perhaps Jurassic Park is not much of a stretch; even so, it’s a massive step up for the still relatively unknown director.
Safety Not Guaranteed performs relatively well on Flickchart; it is currently ranked #24 for the year, right behind Best Picture Oscar nominee Les Misérables. It may not be enough to go on to speculate how good Trevorrow might be for the job. But then again, he surely doesn’t have far to go to make something better than Joe Johnston‘s Jurassic Park III.
No word yet on casting, but Jurassic Park IV is currently slated for release on June 13, 2014.
Steven Spielberg has announced he is working with Stanley Kubrick‘s estate on developing the late filmmaker’s project, Napoleon, based on the life of the French Revolutionary leader. Originally written as a screenplay by Kubrick back in 1961, Napoleon fell by the wayside when studios balked at the expense of the project, and Kubrick went on to make Barry Lyndon, which takes place 15 years before the Napoleonic Wars. Now, Spielberg is taking on the project, but to develop it into a television mini-series, rather than a motion picture.
It’s not the first time Spielberg has picked up a Kubrick project and run with it: the director’s 2001 film A.I.: Artificial Intelligence originated with Kubrick, and was taken on by Spielberg to honor his friend following Kubrick’s death in 1999.
Napoleon is also not Spielberg’s only mini-series project on the go; we reported in January that Spielberg and Tom Hanks will be producing a third World War II mini-series for HBO. It was also announced in January that Spielberg would be producing a fourth Jurassic Park movie for a 2014 release. Spielberg’s next directorial effort remains uncertain, however, after his Robopocalypse became indefinitely delayed.
Spielberg was most recently nominated for Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for Lincoln at this year’s Academy Awards. At the end of February, Spielberg was named head of the jury for this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which will run from May 15 through May 26.
Taste is subjective, and the Flickchart community is reminded of this every time we’re confronted by our choices. There are, however, some films almost universally damned and have been since they were released. In fact, some of them have been unpopular since before they were released. We’ve known for ages that a trusted critic’s star-rating or blurb review in the local paper can sway moviegoers, but what about the films who were condemned before anyone ever saw them?
Ben Affleck‘s Argo completed its Cinderella rise to the top of the heap during awards season by claiming the Oscar for Best Picture at Sunday’s 85th Annual Academy Awards. When the nominations were announced on January 10th, the glaring omission of a Best Director nod for Affleck at first seemed to kill the film’s chances of winning Best Picture. After winning nearly every major award in the interim, Argo surged ahead from underdog to frontrunner and ultimately beat out conventional favorite, Lincoln. Argo‘s feat is particularly amazing in light of the fact that it is only the fourth film in Oscar’s 85-year history to take Best Picture without a nomination for Best Director. (The most recent was Driving Miss Daisy, 23 years ago.)