When you think of abandoned theme parks, the first things that spring to mind are the adventures of Scooby-Doo and friends. Before long, however, that may change, and you might start thinking about dinosaurs running amok among the decrepit rides. Jurassic World, director Colin Trevorrow’s upcoming fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, will soon shift production from the lush tropical paradise of Hawaii to a rundown, graffiti-covered former Six-Flags amusement park near New Orleans.
Jurassic World has already filmed at Kualoa Ranch on Oahu and Kahili Ranch on Kauai, both of which have played host to previous Jurassic films. We heard rumblings a while back that the production would eventually hit up the Big Easy, and the film will reportedly be in town for eleven weeks. On Location Vacations spotted a casting call, working under the name Ebb Tide, looking for extras and background players. The film will shoot at the sight of the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans theme park on June 6, and again from June 9 through 13.
Here’s the casting call if you happen to be in the area and want to be in a movie:
Ebb Tide”, a Steven Spielberg film, needs men and women (18yrs-75yrs) who are available to work: 6/6, and 6/9 through 6/13 at Six Flags Park. Pay is $101.50/12 hrs.
If you are available for at least 2 of the dates, please email directly to “EbbTide”: your photo, name, email, phone, height and weight to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the subject line, please put: referred by Robin Batherson. If you’ve already registered for “Ebb Tide”, no need to submit again.
This notice is a bit of a misdirect, but who is a more familiar name, Steven Spielberg, who is actually producing, or Colin Trevorrow, whose only feature credit is an indie sci-fi film that, while it made a lot of noise at film festivals, wasn’t exactly a box office juggernaut? More people are definitely going to turn out for the first one. Such a tactic also makes sense because Jurassic World has had trouble with set photos and behind the scenes information leaking out for public consumption, including a ton of plot details.
Located at 3011 Michoud Blvd., Six Flags New Orleans was given up in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, when it was deemed unfit for use. But given that the region has become a hotbed of big time movie production, the park has found a second life. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters recently filmed there, as did Matt Reeves’ upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Considering what we know about he plot of Jurassic World, this sounds like the perfect place to spend some time shooting. As you can see from these pictures, it is certainly spooky as all hell. Set 22-years after the first film, the new film finds that John Hammond’s (Richard Attenborough) original vision has finally become a reality. The park, on Isla Nublar off the coast of Costa Rica, has become the number one tourist destination in the world. Not only are there dinosaurs, but there is also just about every other amenity you could hope for in a resort like this, including rides. When a new breed of genetically manufactured dino breaks free, it wreaks havoc on the park. I’m looking forward to watching it chomp down on sunburned tourists.
Jurassic World opens everywhere June 12, 2015.