Fallen Kingdom Finished Filming in Hawaii; New Hybrid Rumored

Author: Kovu | Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:57 am
Yesterday, Colin Trevorrow officially confirmed the end of shooting "JW2" in Hawaii by congratulating director J.A. Bayona and his crew via Twitter. In the tweet, there's a picture showing Bayona behind wide opened crocodilian-like jaws of an animal that doesn't really match to dinosaurs we already know - not even Jurassic World's iRex:

JP fans now speculate this might be a new hybrid. And chances are it truly is, as Jurassic Outpost and Twitter-user Jurassiraptor recently uncovered signs a species of the name "Indoraptor" might appear in the franchise.

JurassicOutpost.com wrote:A few days ago, producer Frank Marshall made a tweet to commemorate three years since filming the Indominus escape in Hawaii – however, on his first attempt, he called it the “Indoraptor”, which was later deleted. This certainly caught our and other fans attention – the name seems perfectly applicable to what Hoskins alluded to at the end of Jurassic World.

Of course, this was immediately brought into context with Jurassiraptor's discovery that Amblin Entertainment filed a trademark for "INDORAPTOR":

Although it has previously been said that the military-dinosaurs and hybrid plots are history, I think it's almost impossible for Hollywood to move a step back from what has been established in previous movies. Hoskin's "Indoraptor" is a logical consequence of Dr. Wu's escape and Jurassic World's history. So it actually seems plausible we'll get a new hybrid in Fallen Kingdom.

Set Photo Leaks From Hawaii

Author: Kovu | Fri Jun 30, 2017 10:56 pm
The most recent set photo leaks give us some interesting insights into the upcoming Jurassic World sequel:


Apatosaurus skeleton? Nobody cleaned up iRexy's mess it seems.


Filming at He'eia Harbor

And... even more skeletons out there: http://jurassicoutpost.com/new-hawaii-set-photos-possible-return-fan-favorite/

That's a seriously scarier tone than in Jurassic World, especially when we consider the fact we're visiting the destroyed park (something we never experienced with the original Jurassic Park).

JW2 Finally Has a Title: Fallen Kingdom

Author: Kovu | Thu Jun 22, 2017 11:01 pm
"Jurassic World 2" has an official title: "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom"

It has today been revealed through the official Jurassic World socials feeds, with a poster.


Ian Malcolm's Dialogue is Borrowed From The Novels

Author: Kovu | Sat Jun 17, 2017 10:19 pm
Jurassic Outpost's Chris Pugh collected some interesting infos that have been spilled by Colin Trevorrow in recent interviews and podcasts:

Trevorrow says that most of Ian Malcolms dialogue in JW2 is borrowed from Michael Crichton's novels (primarily the first one) and expanded by Jeff Goldblum himself.

“You know, I did rely on [Michael] Crichton for a lot. I used a lot of Crichton dialogue. Maybe one of my highlights of this whole process is Goldblum. Jeff Goldblum called me – and I’m not going to do an impression – but he was like, ‘Look, I’ve added a couple of things, and I thought I’d perform it for you.’ [Laughs] Oh, great, okay. So, we sat on the phone for an hour as he ran these lines, and I talked about it. And, I mean, that’s – it was almost better than being there on set. It was great.”

Trevorrow emphasizes again that the film will be more suspenseful and character driven than JW:

“It’s just deeper, more character-based, and it definitely leans into suspense, especially in the second half. It does have the big action in the middle. There’s a sequence in the middle that I’ve been watching – I mean, I watch dailies every day – but I’ve started to see stuff come together, and it’s just insane.”

Trevorrow was also talking about the production of JW2 to ET Online:

“I was the on-set writer for the movie, so I was there every day making sure that J.A. [Bayona] had everything that he needed. It was just such a rich, positive collaboration and by far my favorite [production] experience in my life so far. J.A. and I are pretty deeply connected when it comes to this franchise and what it needs and the kind of risks that we want to take. We’re definitely making a bold, new movie. It’s not going to be the same old thing you’ve seen before. I love that partnership, and I can’t wait for people to see what we’ve done.”

Actually, the fact he's confirming that they're doing something new for JW2 rather than reusing old patterns makes me thinking even more positive about this movie. Although many JP fans probably wouldn't agree with me on this - I think that all the recycling and fan service in Jurassic World ruined a lot of the movie. I think that JW2 might be - just like TLW back in the 90ies - a move forward for the franchise.

Filming in London Ends, Crew Travelling to Hawaii, Teaser Coming Soon

Author: Kovu | Mon May 29, 2017 3:09 pm
We're halfway through the filming of "Jurassic World 2" now, with last nights JW2 Wrap Party moving actress Daniella Pineda to spill some experience from seeing filmed material in an upcoming teaser trailer she says would be coming soon:

Daniella Pineda wrote:“UK WRAPPED. HAWAII AWAITS. Guys, I’ve seen footage. It gave me SHIVERS. Oh it’s BAAD (as in James Brown GOOD). When you look at the footage, it FEELS like the biggest movie ever made. It’s going to be VERY special. Trust me, and I hate EVERYTHING.”

Being asked on how many animatronics there have been on the UK sets, she replied the following:

Of course, "Jurassic World 2" also had a presence at last week's Las Vegas Licencing Expo, which didn't actually reveal anything other than reused marketing material from Jurassic World, but a new tag line which might sound familiar to any fan: "Life Finds a Way". For one part this fits because Ian Malcolm is returning in the movie, and for another it makes me think even more that JW2 will be very similar to TLW, where the dinosaurs managed to survive even though JP postulated an inbuilt planned obsolescence.


JW2's Ian Malcolm to be a "Saucy, Sassy Man"

Author: Kovu | Sat May 13, 2017 8:51 pm
© Dick Thomas Johnson / CC BY 2.0

Dr. Ian Malcolm - uhmmm... actor Jeff Goldblum, I mean - recently gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly, where he was talking about his upcoming films "Thor: Ragnarok" and the "Jurassic" sequel. The most interesting part is, of course, where he was talking about his role in JW2. Goldblum calls Ian Malcolm "a saucy, sassy man of some integrity and deep thinking". We didn't expect anything different, but to me it looks like his part might actually be a bit bigger than the traditional cameo of JP characters (f.e. Hammond, Lex & Tim in TLW or Ellie in JP///):

Entertainment Weekly wrote:You’ve also got an upcoming role in Jurassic World 2. What are you looking forward to about your return to that franchise?

Off I go in a few weeks to London, where they’ve been hard at work, and I’ll try to contribute something to the plate of dino-entertainment. I like my character. I think my character is a saucy, sassy man of some integrity and deep thinking. And of course, that whole world continues to be popular, slam-bang, top entertainment. I talked to the director, J.A. Bayona, over the phone. I enjoyed his movie The Impossible with Naomi Watts, and he’s something else. I didn’t realize he was a good friend of a friend of mine, a director I worked with a while ago in Spain named Fernando Trueba, who’s just fantastic. Knowing that the two of them are brethren and brotherly in their friendship makes me feel very good, too. Even though some might say it’s popcorn-y entertainment (top-notch, of course), in our conversation he was very focused on the serious issues of greed as it oftentimes comes up in those movies, and the marvels of science and reason and the very fascinating point at which our species finds itself both in real life and in this imaginary world too. I’m very interested in that myself, so I’m looking forward to this. I’ve got a few things to do. I’m nothing if not conscientious, so I’m enjoying working on it every day.

But that's not the only thing we've heard from the Jurassic crew lately. Chris Pratt invites us to donate for a good cause and win a trip to the JW2 set in Hawaii:

Chris Pratt is teaming up with his friend, 14 year old, Makenna Schwab, a patient of Seattle Children’s Hospital with a rare connective tissue disorder called Larsen Syndrome. Over the course of her life, she has been treated at Seattle Children’s Hospital and received over 15 life-changing and life-saving surgeries.

Chris and Makenna met a year and a half ago and decided to work on a project together to help other kids. Chris has kept his promise and they are launching this fundraiser benefiting the orthopedics department at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Seattle Children’s Hospital is a leader in pediatric health and wellness through clinical care, research and compassion for children and their families. Providing funds for children with bone, joint, muscle and tone conditions, the Orthopedics Team delivers innovative treatment and world class care to help every child live their healthiest and most fulfilling life possible.

From June 5th to July 15th, shooting will take place in Hawaii. Universal seems to be holding a casting for photo doubles and is looking for military style people, as is reported by Jurassic Outpost. I wonder what exactly that means when they're looking for military types... is it simply soldiers that should capture the dinosaurs, or is the military plot not entirely dead yet (which would contradict interviews with Trevorrow and Bayona earlier this year)?

Anyway... here's two official tweets to enjoy:


Jeff Goldblum Joins 'Jurassic World' Sequel

Author: V-Raptor | Wed Apr 26, 2017 9:22 am
Jeff Goldblum is reportedly reprising his role as Dr. Malcolm in the upcoming Jurassic World sequel.

I don't want to overreact but this is going to be the greatest film ever. Bayona, you beautiful man.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-v ... uel-997569

Jeff Goldblum is returning to the land of dinosaurs.
The actor, who co-starred in 1993's Jurassic Park and 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park, will appear in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s next Jurassic World film.
Goldblum will reprise his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm, the know-it-all mathematician who came to the park as an insurance consultant — and somehow survived both the original film and the sequel.

James Cromwell: Bayona Was Reacting Against The Executives

Author: Kovu | Mon Apr 24, 2017 3:05 pm
Actor James Cromwell was recently interviewed by Collider, revealing his experiences from working with director J.A. Bayona on Jurassic World 2. The most interesting part is where he's saying that Bayona has been fighting for his artistic freedom against the film's executives:

Collider wrote:What’s it like to go from something like this to doing something like the Jurassic World sequel? Is it just impossible to pass up a film where your co-stars are dinosaurs?

CROMWELL: It’s out of the sublime and into the absurd. It’s just such a different world. There was Terry, making a very expensive film, but competing with Doctor Zhivago, which was made over 120 days, where he got 70 days. And they had to cut the budget in half, in order to have $50 million to push the film, because they’re advertising it like nobody’s business. He’s a good writer and he did his homework, and he cares about it. He’s trying to balance these two dynamics of the reality and the fiction. And then, you go in to this fantasy world and nobody has done anything. Well, that’s not really true. The prop people have made wonderful things. The set people have made wonderful things. There’s just so much money and so much power and so much prestige. It’s Jurassic Park. It’s unreal. And then, you do your work and, instead of doing it in a room, you’re doing it in a football field sized set with real recreations of dinosaurs. We had three full-sized dinosaur bone replicas that came from a museum in America, and five other heads. Money is no object. You take your time and do whatever you need to do. The director, bless his heart, was trying to fight off all of the executives. I probably shouldn’t say that.

How was it to work and collaborate with J.A. Bayona? What did you enjoy about him, as a director?

CROMWELL: He’s wonderful. I liked him a lot. He does some very strange things. At one point, my character is supposed to care about this thing, and I was doing my caring bit. He came over to me and said, “If you want to break down and cry, you can do that.” I thought, “Oh, really? Thanks! What am I crying about?” And Geraldine Chaplin, who has made three or four pictures with him, said, “Did he ask you to cry? He always asks you to cry!” He evidently has a little recipe book of things to do to heighten an actor.

Last week, YouTube-user Leyla Richardson posted a video of the BELL-HUEY-helicopter that was leaked to the internet earlier this year:

The video shows the filming of a rainy scene on the helicopter, which kind of confirms the darker tone of the film compared to Jurassic World 1. Such rain-shower scenes have been completely absent from Jurassic World, even though they've been in all previous Jurassic movies.

Further, producer Frank Marshall posted the following on Twitter:

The picture shows something like Metriacanthosaurus or Acrocanthosaurus as a model behind glass reflecting the surrounding environment.

Set Building in Hawaii has Begun

Author: Kovu | Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:04 pm
Reel News Hawaii, who already provided the fan community with pictures from the set construction for Jurassic World, posted the first photos of a Jurassic World 2 set being built at Kualoa Ranch, Hawaii:

JW2 set at Kualoa Ranch

What exactly they're building there isn't clear yet. To me it looks like a JP-style entry point of an enclosure or building.


A New Species of Daspletosaurus Reveals Lip-Less Face of Tyrannosaurids

Author: Kovu | Fri Apr 07, 2017 10:18 pm
© Thomas D. Carr et al / CC BY 4.0

A newly discovered species of Daspletosaurus, named in honor of paleontologist and Jurassic Park's advisor Jack Horner (Daspletosaurus horneri), indicates that members of Tyrannosauridae might indeed share more features with crocodylians than we used to believe until now: Daspletosaurus horneri's skull sports a lip-less face and a sensory system comparable to crocs. Although the idea of a lip-less face in these animals has existed since the late 90ies, most illustrations have used the classic JP-style reconstruction.

Sci-News.com wrote:“Daspletosaurus horneri was the youngest, and last, of its lineage that lived after its closest relative, Daspletosaurus torosus, which is found in Alberta, Canada,” said Dr. Thomas Carr, a paleontologist at Carthage College and lead author of a report published this week on Daspletosaurus horneri in the journal Scientific Reports.

“The close evolutionary relationship between the species taken with their geographic proximity and their sequential occurrence suggests that together they represent a single lineage that changed over geological time, where D. torosus has morphed into D. horneri.”

“It’s about 75 million-years-old, so this animal lived about 9 million years before the extinction of the non-avian dinosaurs,” added co-author Dr. Eric Roberts, from James Cook University.

“In geological terms, the beast was the youngest of the Daspletosaurus clan.”

The animal, which measured 9 m in length and 2.2 m in height, had a wide snout, small orbital horns and slit-like pneumatic opening on the inside of the lacrimal bone. The large horn behind the eye is elevated beyond the side of the head, indicating a covering of keratin.

Sci-News.com wrote:“It turns out that tyrannosaurs are identical to crocodylians in that the bones of their snouts and jaws are rough, except for a narrow band of smooth bone along the tooth row,” Dr. Carr said.

“In crocodylians, the rough texture occurs deep to large flat scales; given the identical texture, tyrannosaurs had the same covering. We did not find any evidence for lips in tyrannosaurs, the rough texture covered by scales extends nearly to the tooth row, providing no space for lips.”

“However, we did find evidence for other types of skin on the face, including areas of extremely coarse bone that supported armor-like skin on the snout and on the sides of the lower jaws. The armor-like skin would have protected tyrannosaurs from abrasions, perhaps sustained when hunting and feeding.”

The authors found that, like in crocodylians, the snout and jaws of the tyrannosaurs are penetrated by numerous small nerve openings, allowing hundreds of branches of nerves to innervate the skin, producing a sensitivity similar to that of human fingertips.

“This sensitivity is part of a bigger evolutionary story,” said co-author Prof. Jayc Sedlmayr, from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans.

“The trigeminal nerve has an extraordinary evolutionary history of developing into wildly different ‘sixth senses’ in different vertebrates, such as sensing magnetic fields for bird migration, electroreception for predation in the platypus bill or the whisker pits of dolphins, sensing infrared in pit vipers to identify prey, guiding movements in mammals through the use of whiskers, sensing vibrations through the water by alligators and turning the elephant trunk into a sensitive ‘hand’ similar to what has been done to the entire face of tyrannosaurs.”