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.
Universal Pictures has announced that they will release the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise on June 13, 2014, right in the middle of the busy summer box office season.
Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall are returning to produce the film, though Spielberg – who helmed the groundbreaking Jurassic Park in 1993 and its first sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997 – will not be directing. No director or cast are currently attached, but the script will be handled by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
Jurassic Park 4 has been an on-again, off-again project since Jurassic Park III was released, directed by Joe Johnston, in 2001. In a July 2012 interview, Marshall stated that the movie would still rely on animatronic dinosaurs, despite the advancements in visual effects technology in the intervening decade.
Since last fall’s revamping of Flickchart‘s global ranking system (see the official announcement about that here), many films have found themselves moved around on the global charts. But one thing remains consistent: the Directors Who Dominate continue to do so. Previously covered in this series, Christopher Nolan and Quentin Tarantino remain at the top of the charts (with their highest-ranked films at #1 and #4, respectively.) But the biggest change is that their newest efforts (Inception and Inglourious Basterds) have a much stronger presence on the chart, where they now appear at #2 and #13. And this brings us to another director who continually dominates, the man who is widely regarded (for good or ill) as the father of the modern blockbuster: Steven Spielberg.
Sooner or later, everybody runs. Even if they’re one of the biggest movie stars on the face of the planet. For this edition of Reel Rumbles, grab your popcorn and prepare for the run of your life as we go on the lam with Harrison Ford and Tom Cruise in an attempt to prove their innocence (and cinematic superiority) with The Fugitive vs. Minority Report.
These two thrillers both feature a cinema superstar accused of murder and on the run from the law. One is a tense cat-and-mouse game between a surgeon out to find his wife’s real killer and the dogged U.S. Marshal on his tail; the other is set in the not-so-distant future, and features a law enforcement officer trying to clear himself of a murder that hasn’t even been committed yet. One is an almost unexpected masterwork from a director whose other best-known credits are the Steven Seagal vehicle Under Siege and a Coast Guard movie starring Ashton Kutcher. The other is a superb thriller-with-a-sci-fi-twist from one of cinema’s greatest living legends that, despite how great it is, somehow still doesn’t seem to quite match some of the director’s previous cinematic efforts.
So which is better? Run–don’t walk–into the Reel Rumbles ring and find out…