Production is ramping up on Jurassic World’s, the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park film franchise. Most of the cast has been set with Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, and Nick Robinson in key roles, but the search for male lead is still on going. With the story is still unknown to the general public, according to the production designer, Jurassic World, which is now filming in Hawaii, will look and feel like the original film.
Visual consultant Rick Carter has been working on the film for some time, and when asked about the look in an interview with ComingSoon, he responded:
(We’re going) To try and visualize where this could go next and make sure it had some the same—literally the same—the DNA of the previous movies. Ed Verreaux is the production designer on that one. He did the third ‘Jurassic Park.’ We’ve worked together going all the way back to ‘Back to the Future.’ It’s a real hand-off between the two of us.
Carter is an Academy Award-winning designer and art director, who has worked on the Back To The Future sequels, Avatar, and the first two Jurassic Park movies for Steven Spielberg. He will also work on the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. His Oscar for Best Art Direction came for Lincoln in 2012. Also confirmed on the production are designer Ed Verreaux, who will do additional work on Jurassic World’s overall look. Verreaux previously worked on Jurassic Park III, Rian Johnson’s Looper, and the upcoming film adaptation of The Giver.
It looks like elements of all three previous Jurassic Park movies are being combined for Jurassic World. Carter and Verreaux are working with director Colin Trevorrow to make sure the new film falls in line with what came before it.
Meanwhile, Mazie K. Hirono, a Senator from Hawaii, tweeted a photo that features herself with Jurassic World producer Steven Spielberg. It looks like this film will be following in the footsteps of the other Jurassic Park movies, which also filmed in the 50th state. Production is expected to begin in January 2014.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) November 20, 2013
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt is currently in talks to star in Jurassic World. While it’s unclear whom he would play in the film, it is believed that Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard would be an on-screen couple, with Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson as the pair’s children. Jason Schwartzman and Jake Johnson are also rumored to be up for parts.
Plot details are slim, but rumors have it that the film takes place at a new theme park, which is fully operational and safe, on Isla Nublar off the coast of Costa Rica, the location of the first park. The new attraction has become the most popular tourist destination in the world, but to attract more attendees, they introduce a new aquatic dinosaur that breaks free and wreaks havoc.
Trevorrow co-wrote the final script with his writing partner, Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed), and their new work is based on Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver’s (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) original screenplay. Frank Marshall and Spielberg will continue on as producers, while Kathleen Kennedy dropped out to focus her complete attention on Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm.
Jurassic World hits theaters everywhere June 12, 2015, in IMAX and 3D.