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What would happen if you crossed Jurassic Park with Avatar? Na’vi running from velociraptors? Humans controlling dinosaurs that are controlling Na’vi? Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Goldblum teaming up to save humanity from a deadly alliance between dinosaurs and Na’vi? The concept is about to become more than just fan-fiction fodder, and it’s probably going to make a trillion dollars.
Variety reports that Maleficent director Robert Stromberg will also be helming a flick called Safari for Hydra, the new production company he co-founded recently. Safari is described as “a large-scale adventure pic in the vein of Jurassic Park and Avatar.” As we joked about above, that could mean a lot of things, depending on which elements of those two films they have in mind. My guess? Based on the description and the movie’s name, I’m guessing we’ll get some sort of “big game hunter” science fiction movie with people stalking massive critters across a Pandora-esque alien world.
Regardless of what concepts or ideas Safari may eventually riff on, it at least comes by the Avatar comparison honestly. Before going into directing with the upcoming Maleficent, Stromberg was an Oscar-winning production designer who worked on Avatar and Alice in Wonderland. One of his partners at Hydra is also an Avatar vet; concept artist/production designer Dylan Cole also worked on Cameron’s latest SF flick.
We’ll be keeping our ears open for more info on Safari as it breaks. If it does fall in line with our best guess at the plot, it could be pretty kickass. And hopefully it’ll do the potential “sci-fi meets dinosaurs” mash-up better than Terra Nova did…