Jurassic World (Jurassic Park 4) Logo and Release Date

Jurassic WorldI’ve been waiting for a fourth Jurassic Park for years.  When it was announced that it was finally coming, and Colin Trevorrow would be directing, I was excited that it was in the works.  And now we have not just a name, but also a release date.

Jurassic World suggests a number of things.  For one thing, it could be a theme park, with a name similar to Walt Disney World.  The title Jurassic Park probably didn’t fit the type of attraction that they were creating this time.  Rather than a guided tour of giant enclosures, which proved to be a colossal failure, perhaps this time it’s a place that includes rides, performances and shows.  However, the name could also refer to the reach that the dinosaurs have gained since the first film, and how far they may have begun to spread.  Perhaps there has been an attempt to use the plant-eaters as beasts of burden in parts of the world.  It’s entirely plausible that, by this time, the safer herbivores were cultivated from the island and introduced to the rest of the world to serve a purpose.  It’ll be interesting to see if I got anywhere close with either of these ideas.

Jurassic World releases on June 12, 2015.  Director Colin Trevorrow wrote the screenplay with Derek Connolly. Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are producing.

The New Star Wars Trilogy, Episodes VII – IX: Benedict Cumberbatch as a Sith Lord?

Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Wars VII?A rumor has surfaced in the past couple of days that has actor Benedict Cumberbatch potentially playing a role in the new Star Wars trilogy.  As Cumberbatch recently played a major villain in Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, the idea of him playing a primary villain in the new Star Wars trilogy has me more excited than ever for the next three films.  The rumor is that he’ll play a Sith villain in all three of the films in the trilogy, making him the new trilogy’s Darth Vader of sorts.  If this keeps up, the Sherlock actor will have played a pretty major villain in some of the largest movies in history.  This casting, if it pans out, is absolutely a brilliant maneuver, and should happen.

Benedict Cumberbatch could add this role to a list that includes the dragon Smaug from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  The rumor is that he had to drop out of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak for this role.  It hasn’t been announced yet, however, and could turn out to be as much of a rumor as anything.  If this pans out… whoa… somehow they’re making moves on these films that are both shockingly cool and giving us a lot of hope that we’ll finally get a Star Wars film that brings the fandom back to where I have remained since I got in to the saga in the mid-90s.  Please be true.

Transformers 4 is Age of Extinction plus the Poster hinting at Dinobots?

Transformers: Age of Extinction PosterToday the poster for Transformers: Age of Extinction was revealed.  It’s the same Transformers 4 logo that we’ve seen before, but it looks like a fossil from a dig site for dinosaur bones.  This concept, plus the term “extinction” being in the title both seem to point toward the inclusion of some of my favorite characters: the Dinobots.

Initially they weren’t included because Michael Bay and his team couldn’t figure out how to incorporate them into the world that they’d created.  I figured they might as well just do them the same way the cartoon did, with an Autobot building them.  However, it seems they may have found a way, which hasn’t been confirmed or revealed.  I am very excited at the idea of finally having the Dinobots join the adventure.  As someone that’s enjoyed every film that’s been released so far, I am looking forward to this movie with great interest.

I’m hopeful that Grimlock is every bit as cool in live-action as I have dreamed he would be since they started making these movies about seven years ago.  I just can’t believe it’s taken eight years to get to this point.

Transformers: Age of Extinction will be in theaters on June 27, 2014.