‘Jurassic World 2’ Starts Shooting This February

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Production on the follow-up to last year’s installment to the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World is ramping up. Executive producer Frank Marshall has revealed the sequel, which will take place off of Isla Nublar, is set to begin principal photography in London this coming February. The film will feature the return of Owen (Chris Pratt), Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), and Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) which was recently teased by Marshall.

With Colin Trevorrow exiting the project to helm Star Wars Episode IX, Universal has brought on JA Bayona (When A Monster Calls) to direct with a script co-written by Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly. The film will continue the storyline of weaponized dinosaurs first introduced in Jurassic World.

While speaking with Moviefone, Marshall revealed that the production is about to get underway while expressing his excitement for Bayona:

I’m excited about that one. We’re much further along. Actually, we start shooting in February in London. But I’m excited by the filmmaker, Juan Antonio Bayona, and what his take on the franchise and on the world of “Jurassic” is going to be. He’s an exciting young filmmaker, and a lot like Colin Trevorrow was, he’s an extraordinary filmmaker, but also a fan. So it’s going to be nice to see what he comes up with.

Marshall also teased that Bayona will be lending his horror skills to provide the sequel with a darker, scarier tone that the first Jurassic Word.

“He’s very meticulous in his preparation and in his doing storyboards and pre-viz, and he’s a real shooter. If you’ve seen his other movies, you know that he has a dark side to him as well. So I’m kind of excited about what he’s going to bring to the franchise.”

The first Jurassic Park featured elements of horror with terrifying scenes such as Dennis Nedry’s (Wayne Knight) death via Dilophosaurus and the intense kitchen scene that Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex (Ariana Richards) barely made it out of. The franchise has failed to capture that fear factor since the first film but it seems Jurassic World 2 will be a return to form for the dino-rampaging franchise.

Jurassic World 2 will also feature Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, Black Mirror), and Justice Smith (The Get Down).

Jurassic World 2 hits theaters June 22, 2018.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’: Sneak Peek

The first look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is here! Just an hour ago director James Gunn shared the official poster via Instagram and now Marvel has revealed a sneak peak for the film as well.

The first look at Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is here! Just an hour ago director James Gunn shared the official poster via Instagram and now Marvel has revealed a sneak peak for the film as well.

James Gunn also tweeted:

So the 1st trailer is coming soon; in the meantime we put together this special sneak peak for you.

I would expect the full trailer to drop in front of Doctor Strange when it hits theaters or at the very latest, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters May 5, 2017.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’: Official Poster Revealed

James Gunn took to Instagram this morning to reveal the official poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. The poster features the returning cast and teases the humorous tone from the original film. If you listen closely, you can already hear the truckloads of money backing up at Marvel’s headquarters.

James Gunn took to Instagram this morning to reveal the official poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2. The poster features the returning cast and teases the humorous tone from the original film. If you listen closely, you can already hear the truckloads of money backing up at Marvel’s headquarters.

What do you think? Is this a good poster? Or would you rather see something that showcases the action of the upcoming film?

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2’ Will Crush Bechdel Test

James Gunn took to Facebook yesterday to express his frustration with the lack of three dimensional female characters in film and stories in general. He promises the upcoming sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy will feature both male and female characters that will be interwoven in a way which will strengthen and optimize one another.

James Gunn took to Facebook yesterday to express his frustration with the lack of three dimensional female characters in film and stories in general. He promises the upcoming sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy will feature both male and female characters that will  be interwoven in a way which will strengthen and optimize one another.

Women all over the world have been pushed to the sidelines in the interests of men, and their personhood is often forgotten or delegitimized. This is true in the realms of politics and education and religion. But it is also true in the realm of STORIES. That is my personal area of expertise, and that is where I believe women – and girls – deserve the fullness of character that men have often received (I almost said “always received” but then remembered much character writing sucks, regardless of sex).

Now I know, in these weird times, just for writing this, I will be accused of being an SJW or “having an agenda”. Who knows. You can categorize it however you want. But in truth I DO have an agenda, and that is telling FULL and TRUTHFUL stories, where ALL the characters are deeply realized. As a person I am a man; as a writer, I need to be everyone. Only in this way will our art and our entertainment adequately express life and inspire all of us.

I am sick of stories where there are a bunch of fully realized male characters and one female character, whose primary characteristic is simply being “the girl” or the personality-less object of some man’s affections. I’m not sick of this because I’m politically correct – those of you who know me know I am far from that – but because it’s boring, and it’s b.s. Likewise, I don’t think only making female characters “strong” is a fix either – you see her all the time these days, the perfect female warrior, who is a reaction to the stories of the past, but who is equally as boring and one-dimensional.

Great male characters, from Michael Corleone to Marty McFly to Han Solo to the Joker, are never perfect and never one-dimensional. They are sometimes heroic and sometimes villainous and often deeply flawed. But they always reflect the fullness of the world around us. I do not think that is true of the majority of female characters in films. I have done my best, as a male writer, with varying degrees of success, to bring female characters and female stories to the forefront.

I can’t wait for you all to see Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, with Gamora, Nebula, and Mantis in action, where we not only pass the Bechdel test, but run over it and back up over it again and again in an eighteen-wheeler truck, and where their stories and the men’s stories don’t come at the expense of each other, but are interwoven in a way to strengthen and optimize all of them.

For those unfamiliar, the Bechdel test asks a work of fiction whether it: 1) has at least two female characters 2) who talk to each other 3) about something other than a man. The first film certainly passed the Bechdel test and the new film boasts at least four major female characters including Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki).

I’m most excited to see Zoe Saldana have a bigger part this time around. While she was great in the first film, I felt she was relegated to nothing more than a damsel in distress in this summer’s Star Trek Beyond. It really was a disservice to not just the actress but the character of Uhura as well.

Women still have a long way to go in entertainment but it’s important to celebrate the progress that has been made.I want to take this opportunity to recognize the incredible and iconic female characters we have been fortunate enough to receive in film and television this past year in the form of Rey (Daisy RidleyThe Force Awakens) and Eleven (Millie Bobby BrownStranger Things).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters May 5, 2017.