Life finds a way! Following a plethora of teasers and behind the scenes footage this past week, Universal debuted the first trailer for their highly anticipated sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Cast and crew preached during production that this installment of the Jurassic franchise would feature more suspense, dinosaurs and practical effects than any of its predecessors—and they really were not kidding.
In the new trailer, we are first greeted by Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) in a desolate bar as they become reacquainted. It is revealed that Isla Sorna and all the prehistoric creatures that inhabit the once thriving island are in peril as volcanic activity threatens their extinction once again. Claire urges Owen to accompany her on a mission to evacuate the island of the dinosaurs. (What could go wrong?)
This is the only true dialogue we get from the trailer that reveals any sort of plot details. What follows is a showcase of colossal-sized action and suspense; explosions echo across the island landscape, characters new and old navigate through scenes of destruction, and, of course, plenty of dinosaur action.
As promised, we are shown an incredible amount of dinosaur footage with species we are familiar with as well as some new to the franchise. The infamous Velociraptor, Blue, makes her return as she reunites with Owen. Many new dinosaur antagonists make their on-screen debut, including Baryonyx, which director J.A. Bayona first teased a while back. The most notable and cheer-worthy moment from the trailer comes when Pratt and crew come face to face with another new species known as Carnotaurus. Just as the beast takes a lunge at our heroes, the Tyrannosaurus from the previous films towers in and snaps the creatures neck, letting out a victorious roar. Oh, and did we mention we get our first look at Jeff Goldblum reprising his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm?
And, if you’re one of the many who were worried about the trailer revealing perhaps a little too much, have no fear. Executive producer Colin Trevorrow took to Twitter to assure fans that everything in the Fallen Kingdom trailer “is from the first 57 minutes” of the film. All that action in just the first half of the film? As a massive fan of the Jurassic franchise, I am thrilled to see what Bayona has in store for this installment.
If this trailer is any indication of what’s to come we are in for perhaps the grittiest Jurassic film yet. At the very least, with Fallen Kingdom, we’re assured visually breathtaking sequences of both CGI and practical effects as they appear to be a dramatic upgrade from Jurassic World, while it also appears Bayona is bringing some of his horror roots back to his latest project.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom also stars Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, and James Cromwell, and will open in theaters on June 22, 2018.
Universal has two new projects from M. Night Shyamalan coming our way in 2021 and 2023
M. Night Shyamalan and Universal Pictures seem to be getting along pretty nicely with each other as the studio announced yesterday that it will be continuing its relationship with the director and has dated his next two films from February 26, 2021 and February 17, 2023.
“M. Night Shyamalan continues to create exciting, highly original stories that keep global audiences on the edge of their seats,” said Universal Pictures president Peter Cramer. “There is no one like him: he is a master filmmaker working at the height of his powers, and we are honored that he has once again chosen Universal to be the home for his next two incredible projects.”
Shyamalan added, “There are wonderful studios out there, but Universal has made it a mandate to release original films. They are the best at finding an audience for new stories with unexpected tones. I believe original films are crucial to the longevity of the theatrical experience.”
While any and all details about these two films — with the exception of the release dates, of course — are being kept tightly under wraps for the time being, we can’t help but think Shyamalan will be pulling another Split-type secret sequel stunt and has something pretty exciting in store for us, though that’s just pure speculation on our part.
Matt Damon and Christian Bale attempt to pull off the impossible in this new ‘Ford v Ferrari’ trailer
Fresh off its stops at festivals like Telluride and Toronto, 20th Century Fox has released a brand new trailer for James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari and it looks like this thing is shaping up to be one of hell a contender this awards season.
Ford v Ferrari tells “the remarkable true story of the visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and the fearless British-born driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale),” who, believe it or not, does not seem to have undergone any drastic transformations for his role here.
Together, the duo “battled corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford Motor Company and take on the dominating race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.”
At press time, Ford v Ferrari boasts an impressive 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 43 reviews, and something tells me that percentage isn’t going to change too much over the next couple of months. I mean, even the “negative” reviews aren’t even that negative!
Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe, Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone, and Ray McKinnon also star in Ford v Ferrari, which hits theaters on November 15.
Phoenix: Put on a happy face and come see Joaquin Phoenix in ‘Joker’ early and for free
Warner Bros. will release Joker, Todd Phillips’ take on the iconic DC villain’s origin starring Joaquin Phoenix, on September 6 and they’re giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.
Our readers in the Phoenix area can click on this link to enter to win passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Joker happening Tuesday, October 1 at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX at 7:00 p.m.
Winners of this contest will be selected and notified on Saturday, September 29 after 12:00 p.m. PT via email, so good luck! Below is the official trailer for Joker as well as some additional details about the film.
Directed by: Todd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, and Zazie Beetz
Opens: Friday, October 4
Rating: R for disturbing violent content and bloody images throughout, pervasive language, and some crude sexual material
Synopsis: Director Todd Phillips Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone fictional story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck, who is indelibly portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix, is of a man struggling to find his way in Gotham’s fractured society. A clown-for-hire by day, he aspires to be a stand-up comic at night…but finds the joke always seems to be on him. Caught in a cyclical existence between apathy and cruelty, Arthur makes one bad decision that brings about a chain reaction of escalating events in this gritty character study.