In the worlds of the late John Hammond (Sir Richard Attenborough),“Welcome to Jurassic Park”. The words uttered by Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg’s fictional entrepreneur upon revealing the Brachiosaurus to his guests in the 1993 Blockbuster, Jurassic Park. Now, 22 year and three sequels on, he would no doubt be welcoming his guest to Jurassic World, the realisation of his dream to create a Disney World style resort featuring dinosaurs, resurrected from DNA found in fossilised mosquitoes, imprisoned in pre-historic amber.
The original was and still is, one of my all time favourite films and even though its sequels, The Lost World (1997) and Jurassic Park III (2001) never lived up to the original, both were good in their own ways.
The first was a logical expansion of the universe set up in Jurassic Park whilst the threequel was little more than a child friendly dinosaur romp, though good fun if you let it wash over you. But Jurassic World has the promise of giving us something else.
Firstly, we are going back to Isla Nubar, the island from the first film, I.E. Jurassic Park itself and secondly, with some of the writing talent behind Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes (2011), very cleverly tying in a 21st century movie with the 1968 classic, Planet Of The Apes, this has the prospect of taking the story to where Spielberg’s original was only hinting, as well as giving us a taste of what we wanted Jurassic Park II to be; returning to Jurassic Park.
The big question is; is the title Jurassic World simply a reference to the new park and the move away from a dino-safari park into Disney World, as well as references to Crichton’s early attempts, Westworld (1973) and Futureworld (1976), or is this a hint as to how this franchise might be heading should this soft reboot do well…?
…and could this early teaser poster (right) be giving away more than it first appears…