Universal Studios Hollywood has announced that on September 3rd, the Jurassic Park ride will officially become extinct, as the company begins excavation on the ride to build a new Jurassic World inspired ride set for launch in 2019. In 1996, Universal Studios Hollywood unveiled Jurassic Park—The Ride, re-defining thrill rides in amusement parks, based on three-time Academy Award winner Steven Spielberg’s epic film.
Now, over 20 years later, Universal is hoping to re-define thrill rides once again, with an even more immersive and technologically advanced experience from the new trilogy of films.
Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures have released the new Pacific Rim: Uprising trailer, which you can watch in the player above. The new trailer gives us more specifics to its mysterious story, with confirmation that the Kaiju were able to re-enter our world thanks to the machinations of an unseen force on our side of the breach.
The trailer is heavy on action, light on story (still), but does a good job of selling the movie ahead of its release on March 23rd.
Universal had some pretty lofty goals with this year’s Mummy reboot, that they had hoped would spawn a new shared universe featuring the classic monsters of year’s past. Well, it would seem that plan has been put on hold indefinitely. Alex Kurtzman, and Chris Morgan, the two writers initially tapped by Universal to map out the studio’s plan vision for its “Dark Universe,” have reportedly left in favor of other projects. Kurtzman is working as an executive producer on CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery in addition to a number of other projects. Morgan has returned to the Fast and Furious franchise and is said to be working on a spin-off film starring Dwayne Johnson, and Jason Statham.
In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal’s president of production Peter Cramer admitted they still had some work to do. “We’ve learned many lessons throughout the creative process on Dark Universe so far, and we are viewing these titles as filmmaker-driven vehicles, each with their own distinct vision. We are not rushing to meet a release date and will move forward with these films when we feel they are the best versions of themselves.”
We’ve known for years that Universal Pictures has planned to turn their classic Monster universe into a shared world. One that was meant to start with Dracula Untold, but will now begin with next month’s The Mummy. Now, we have a formal announcement a ton more information on the world. The logo, seen above, confirms the name of the shared world, and the Official Website (Click Here), confirms that the next film will be Bride of Frankenstein, releasing February 14, 2019 – directed by Bill Condon (Beauty and the Beast).
The other massive takeaway is confirmation that Javier Bardem has officially signed on to play Frankenstein’s Monster, and Johnny Depp has also signed on to the play The Invisible Man. They join Tom Cruise’s Nick Morton, Russell Crowe’s Dr. Henry Jekyll, and Sofia Boutella’s title character, Mummy, in the Dark Universe.
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