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News Archive - December 2009
New Jurassic Park Line in 2010?
Date: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 20:03 PM (Eastern Time)
Jurassic Park 2009 was a nice surprise this year for us all. No new sculpts, but a few awesome recolors and a re-tooled Bull Tyrannosaurus rex were enough to make our chops wet, and empty our wallets, no? Well, I hope you've packed an extra pair of underwear kids.
The website Hiss Tank has posted pictures of the new GI Joe toy line. Unrelated? Think again. Not only are these new toys a blast from the past for Joe fans, but there are very interesting markings on two of the vehicles. InGen logos on the front of the vehicles, and a JP logo in a circle on the sides.
Could we be getting our first glimpse at JP 2K10? If so, hold on to your butts. These sculpts aren't like any other vehicles in the line!
Thanks to the guys and girls at HissTank, and user chaosghosthunter from the JP Toys Forums for this bit of juicy info. Hopefully the sunlight is breaking through the clouds on JP!
Sadly, these toys are not new sculpts after all. These are simply repaints of the Stargate line of toys, specifically the All Terrain Cruiser here. This is reported from Tyrannosaur's Stargate-Figures site.
Jurassic Park: Singapore ride story leaked!
Date: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 - 15:23 PM (Eastern Time)
First, a big thanks to Blade-of-the-moon and the others posters in the JP: Singapore thread for watching over this. Thanks guys.
As you may or may not know, a Universal Studios park is opening in Singapore. While not as big as the massive parks in Orlando or Hollywood, it is host to its own unique adventure, the Jurassic Park River Rapids
The ride will start in a seemingly calm area of Jurassic park. As it goes deeper into the river, visitors will spot different dinosaurs grazing in the grass. This part of the ride is a leisurely cruise through the Jurassic Park. Soon, the rapid reached the dock to disembark....
...At that moment, it is where things go wrong. There is suddenly a flesh flood in the dock and your vehicle is unable to unload the visitors. The electric fences have broken down and the boat is washed under the fence further, deeper into the wild and un-manicured area of the Jurassic Park.,
An interesting thing is that these ride vehicles are not the typical river adventure barges. This ride is more structured in the way of a Jurassic Park river rapids ride, not unlike the Popeye ride on Islands of Adventure. This might be a nice 'alternative' to the 80 foot drops of Universal Orlando and Hollywood, and provide an opportunity for you to live the JP experience.
We will keep you posted on the JP: Singapore experience as more comes along.
Just a reiteration that the Jurassic Park trilogy is rumored to be released on BluRay next year or in 2011 (along with some other highly anticipated BR releases.)
The article reads that- 'What's more, in addition to the Indy films, our sources say that you're very likely to see key additional Spielberg catalog films arrive on Blu-ray in 2010 and 2011, as the director is a major supporter of the format. Word is that Jaws, the Jurassic Park films, War of the Worlds, Minority Report and Saving Private Ryan are all possible suspects.'
Lets hope for a early release, yet a wonderful one. One would hope they go all out with this like they did the DVD/VHS Collectors Editions of the films and have posters, standees, and the like at stores- as well as some kick butt new features with the films!
You can read more about this, and the other BluRay titles here.
The Venomous Dinosaur
Date: Monday, December 21, 2009 - 18:32 PM (Eastern Time)
New research shows a possibility that the dromaeosaurid Sinornithosaurus may have actually been venomous.
While researchers in the past theorized some dinosaurs could inject venom into prey, this study, published in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides the most detailed evidence yet.
Detailed observations with microscopes revealed a never-before-seen feature: an upper jawbone with a space that likely housed a venom gland. Characteristics of the dinosaur's snake-like teeth suggest how the system worked.
Special effects innovator Phil Tippett, on of the main special effects gu-ru's on Jurassic Park has recently been involved in the newest film in the Twilight Saga, New Moon.
Tippett worked as the Visual Effect Supervisor on New Moon. For now it seems apparent that he has not returned to do the visual effect of Eclipse, the third Twi film that is due for release June 30th of 2010.
A compleate interview with Tippett can be read in the following the link here.
He also appears in the Werewolf Pack video on the New Moon website.
Michael Crichton's 'Pirate Latitudes'
Date: Monday, December 14, 2009 - 21:22 PM (Eastern Time)
The newest book, from the now late author Michael Crichton (author of our beloved Jurassic Park novels, (R.I.P)) hit shelves on Nov. 24th, 2009.
It's entitled 'Pirate Latitudes', and it was created from a complete manuscript in Crichton's files after the author had passed away in November of 2008.
'Pirate Latitudes', set in the year of 1665, takes place on the English colony of Port Royal in the Caribbean (sound familiar to any Disney's 'Pirate' fans?) Piracy is not tolerated in Port Royal, but privateering (state-sponsored piracy in which the Governor of the colony gets a portion of the plunder) is encouraged. Captain Charles Hunter, one of the most skilled privateers, hears of a Spanish ship that could hold a vast treasure. The only problem is the fortress that is protecting it is unbeatable…
As if that wasn’t good enough- it seems that Steven Spielberg already has picked up the film rights to turn this new novel into a big screen production! For more information on both the new book and movie, follow the links provided at the bottom of this article.
And as if THIS wasn’t good enough, the next (and most likely) last Michael Crichton book is set to hit stores in the fall of 2010. It is a new techno-thriller and is probably the one that Crichton stated in an interview in 2007, “is more in the ‘Jurassic Park’ mode of things.” Don’t get overly excited- because that doesn’t mean it IS a new JP novel… but it sure nice to hope.
You can read move about the book by following the link here, or find out more about the movie by clicking here.
Spielberg leaves Harvey remake...
Date: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 13:17 PM (Eastern Time)
Steven Spileberg has withdrawn from Fox/Dreamwork's proposed remake of Henry Koster's 1950 film HARVEY - rather, a re-adaptation of its source material. The project was to shoot early next year. Sounds like several factors contributed to the Spielberg jumping ship, primarily shenanigans surrounding casting
Fox still plans to carry on with the production. However, what does this mean for Jurassic Park fans? Well, with the development of Steven Spielberg's WWII Epic, The Pacific, wrapping up, and its premier coming this Spring to HBO, This leaves Mr. Spielberg with some space on his busy schedule to come back to Jurassic Park IV. No word on IV yet, but we will keep you posted as soon as news breaks.