Hold on to your butts because Jeff Goldblum is rumoured to be returning to the Jurassic Park Universe
He played one of the most annoying, handsome and downright hilarious chaos theory specialists in filmic history. And now, reports are emerging that Jeff Goldblum is set to reprise his role as the legendary Dr. Ian Malcolm in J.A. Bayona's Jurassic World 2 (2018). The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, and alleges that he will return for the fifth instalment in the dinosaur universe, currently untitled, which is scheduled for a June 22, 2018 release. If the news is true, he will join other actors already announced for the follow-up film, including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, James Cromwell and Toby Jones.
Goldblum first brought the character to life in the original classic Jurassic Park (1993), before returning for its sequel The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997) four years later. With his addition in the latest film, he will become the only person besides B.D. Wong to have starred in three of the dino films. The actor is familiar with reprising his role form throwback nineties flicks too, after starring in the Independence Day: Resurgence (2016) last year. While starring in television series and cameos seems to have become his thing since his big budget early years, Goldblum has been making somewhat of a resurgence himself lately (literal in some cases), as he is set to star in the latest Marvel movie Thor: Ragnarok (2017). But his character from Jurassic Park remains one of his most iconic, after he delivered infamous speeches about God creating man and man creating dinosaurs, as well as showing off his shirtless body.
The new film will be written by Jurassic World (2015) helmer Colin Trevorrow, who penned the script alongside Derek Connolly. On the producing front, Frank Marshall, Pat Crowley, Steven Speilberg and Trevorrow will all return, with Belen Atienza and Universal VP Production Sara Scott joining them. While the storyline is being kept strictly under-wraps, it is believed that it will delve into the proliferation of dinosaurs, the use of them as weapons and how the technology of their creation is being warped across the world to suit different purposes. And while there has been no confirmation over which species may be the focus of this film, as the Indominus Rex was for the last, we're thinking it's got to be something big and bad enough to rival it in some way. And something threatening enough that Malcolm will come back preaching about looking at things rather than touching them.
The Jurassic Park (1993) franchise, begun by Steven Spielberg back in the early nineties, made a lot of its money on the back of its photo-realism. Never before had dinosaurs looked plausible and downright frightening. However, if a plan was hatched to bring back these ancient beasts back today (which thankfully archaeologists and other scientists have ruled out thanks to the good-old half-life of DNA), my belief is that society would not necessarily follow in the footsteps of the 'building a theme park' trope like the first and fourth movie, but would instead treat the world to a documentary on the Jurassic inhabitants.
So what would that look like? Well, wonder no more, with YouTube user Mashable Watercooler re-imagining the billion-dollar franchise as a Disneynature documentary. Channelling the style of The House of Mouse's original features Bears (2014), Chimpanzee (2012), and African Cats (2011), the video is titled 'Raptors' and has all the elements to make a successful documentary - including a likable protagonist name Littletail, a range of buzzwords to keep you interested (Love, Struggle, Wonder, Joy, Danger, Passion, Uncertainty), and of course a soaring musical score to elicit emotion at all the right moments.
Frankly, if it was a real film, I for one would watch the hell out of it. Especially with the next instalment of the beloved series not likely won't hit theatres for another 2+ years. So, if you need something to tide you over in the meantime, or simply want a reminder as to why Jurassic Park (1993) was so fun to begin with, make sure you check out the video below.
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