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Jurassic World to film in abandoned US theme park

June 5, 2014

Ben Beaumont-Thomas, theguardian.com



Jurassic World, the forthcoming Jurassic Park sequel, is to begin filming in a theme park abandoned after being damaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Six Flags in New Orleans, which has also been a filming destination for the likes of Killer Joe and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, was closed shortly before the hurricane hit and has been in a state of eerie disrepair since. A call has gone out for extras to appear in the film, which shoots in the park from June 6-13.

It's the second confirmed location following initial photography in Hawaii, from which Entertainment Weeklyposted a handful of photos. Director Colin Trevorrow has also been occasionally posting teaser shots from the set on his Twitter, but was recently forced to address major plot leaks (spoilers ahead).

In an interview with SlashFilm, he said that the leaks were "real story elements that the filmmakers were hoping to introduce to the audience in a darkened movie theater... I hope whoever leaked it is actively trying to undermine what we're doing. Because if they're trying to help, they're doing it wrong.

"Jurassic World takes place in a fully functional park on Isla Nublar. It sees more than 20,000 visitors every day. You arrive by ferry from Costa Rica. It has elements of a biological preserve, a safari, a zoo, and a theme park. There is a luxury resort with hotels, restaurants, nightlife and a golf course. And there are dinosaurs. Real ones. You can get closer to them than you ever imagined possible. It's the realization of John Hammond's dream, and I think you'll want to go there."

He also said there's a kind of intratextual riff of the nature of technology and cinematic visual effects. "Our relationship with technology has become so woven into our daily lives, we've become numb to the scientific miracles around us. We take so much for granted... What if, despite previous disasters, they built a new biological preserve where you could see dinosaurs walk the earth… and what if people were already kind of over it? We imagined a teenager texting his girlfriend with his back to a T-Rex behind protective glass. For us, that image captured the way much of the audience feels about the movies themselves. 'We've seen CG dinosaurs. What else you got?'"

The film stars Chris Pratt as a scientist studying the behaviour of the infamously aggressive velociraptor, alongside Bryce Dallas Howard and others. There will also be a "one new dinosaur" according to Trevorrow, "created by the park's geneticists. The gaps in her sequence were filled with DNA from other species, much like the genome in the first film was completed with frog DNA. This creation exists to fulfill a corporate mandate—they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth. And that's what they get."


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