Ladies and gentlemen, we know the name of Jurassic Park IV, and its release date. That means it’s probably a real thing that’s going to happen.
Get ready for Jurassic World, which is not the name of a new MMORPG based on Nanosaur.
Nothing was really certain about Jurassic Park IV, a potential film project that’s been in development hell so long that I remember getting excited about it when I first discovered movie rumor sites in middle school. For a moment it seemed as if things were well under way, with location scouting pictures surfacing from the director’s twitter. But then the production was “paused” back into Schrödinger’s Movie territory. Now, however, according to The Wrap, Universal Studios has given it a name, Jurassic World, and a release date of June 12th, 2015.
In other massive franchises that we’ve learned not to expect too much from, Pirates of the Caribbean, which, yes, is still a franchise that Disney is invested in. The House of Mouse has beneficently decided that between The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, a sequel to Finding Nemo, and the first installment of a brand new Star Wars trilogy all dropping in 2015, they can afford to not bombard us with yet another Pirates movie until 2016.
And finally, perhaps most interestingly, Ant-Man itself has been moved up three months from the holiday season to smack in the middle of 2015’s summer blockbuster season. The Edgar Wright film is now slated to open on July 31st, which doesn’t seem unreasonable, and means that we won’t have to wait too long between the cap on Marvel’s Phase 2 to dig right into Phase 3. But July 31st is also the release date of another superhero movie, and I think it’s safe to say that if you told me a decade ago that one day Marvel Entertainment would feel so confident about their Ant-Man movie that they’d slate it to release on the same day as a Warner Bros. movie starring both Batman and Superman I would have laughed in your face.