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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

 

Universal has just released a whole batch of synopses for their upcoming slate of films. Such films include Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Purge 4, Skycraper (starring Dwayne Johnson), and Mortal Engines (from writers Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens). Also included are the latest from La La Land director Damien Chazelle, Robert Zemeckis, and Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer.

Take a look at what Universal has to offer and let us know which of these movies has you most excited!

Extinction (January 26):

“Michael Peña (Ant-Man, Crash) and Lizzy Caplan (Now You See Me 2, Allied) star in Extinction, a sci-fi thriller in which a man must save his family from an otherworldly phenomenon. Directed by Ben Young (Hounds of Love), the film is written by Eric Heisserer (Arrival, Lights Out), Spenser Cohen (upcoming Moonfall) and Bradley Caleb Kane (STARZ’s Black Sails).

Extinction is produced by Todd Lieberman & David Hoberman of Mandeville (The Fighter, Beauty and the Beast), alongside Nathan Kahane of Good Universe (Don’t Breathe) and Joseph Drake. Mandeville’s Alexander Young executive produces, as do Good Universe’s Erin Westerman and Kelli Konop.”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (June 22):

“With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful franchises in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

“Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Pratt and Howard are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.

“Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the epic action-adventure is written by Jurassic World’s director, Trevorrow, and its co-writer, Derek Connolly. Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again partner with Spielberg and Trevorrow in leading the team of filmmakers for this stunning installment. Belén Atienza joins the team as a producer.”

The Purge 4 (July 4):

“On Independence Day, 2018, experience the next terrifying chapter in our country’s 12 hours of annual lawlessness.

“Coming off the most successful film in the series, The Purge: Election Year, creator James DeMonaco (writer/director of The Purge, The Purge: Anarchy and The Purge: Election Year) returns alongside the producers of this worldwide phenomenon: Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Insidious series, Get Out, Split), Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Ouija series, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre), and DeMonaco’s longtime production partner, Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13, Four Lovers).

“The film is directed by Gerard McMurray (Burning Sands), working from a screenplay once again written by DeMonaco.”

Skyscraper (July 13):

“Global icon Dwayne Johnson leads the cast of Legendary’s Skyscraper as former FBI Hostage Rescue Team leader and U.S. war veteran Will Ford, who now assesses security for skyscrapers. On assignment in China he finds the tallest, safest building in the world suddenly ablaze, and he’s been framed for it. A wanted man on the run, Will must find those responsible, clear his name and somehow rescue his family who is trapped inside the building…above the fire line.

“Written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber (Central Intelligence, We’re the Millers), the 3D action-thriller is produced by Beau Flynn (San Andreas, Baywatch), Johnson, Thurber and Hiram Garcia (San Andreas, Central Intelligence).

Skyscraper’s executive producers are Dany Garcia (Baywatch, Ballers), Wendy Jacobson (San Andreas), Eric Hedayat (The Great Wall, Real Steel) and Eric McLeod (Kong: Skull Island, Pirates of the Caribbean series). The film will be released by Universal Pictures.”

First Man (October 12):

“On the heels of their six-time Academy Award-winning smash, La La Land, Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story of NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon, focusing on Neil Armstrong and the years 1961-1969. A visceral, first-person account, based on the book by James R. Hansen, the movie will explore the sacrifices and the cost—on Armstrong and on the nation—of one of the most dangerous missions in history.

“Written by Academy Award-winner Josh Singer (Spotlight), the drama is produced by Wyck Godfrey & Marty Bowen (The Twilight Saga, The Fault in Our Stars) through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner, alongside Chazelle and Gosling. Isaac Klausner (The Fault in Our Stars) executive produces. Amblin Entertainment co-finances the film.”

Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project (November 21):

“Academy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Flight, Cast Away) directs Steve Carell in the moving true story of one broken man’s fight as he discovers how artistic imagination can restore the human spirit.

“The screenplay for Untitled Robert Zemeckis Project was written by Caroline Thompson and Zemeckis, while Oscar-winning producer Steve Starkey (Forrest Gump, Flight), Jack Rapke (Cast Away, Flight), and Cherylanne Martin (The Pacific, Flight) of Zemeckis’ Universal-based ImageMovers banner produce alongside the director. It is executive produced by Jackie Levine, as well as Jeff Malmberg, who directed the riveting 2010 documentary upon which this film is based.”

Mortal Engines (December 14):

“Following the conclusion of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, three-time Academy Award-winning filmmakers Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh return to the screen with a startling and sweeping new vision of a future where Earth’s cities now roam the globe on huge wheels, battling each other in a struggle for ever-diminishing resources.

“This is the world of Mortal Engines, the story of how two unlikely heroes come together and change the course of the future. Universal Pictures and MRC’s epic adaptation of the award-winning book series from Philip Reeve, published in 2001 by Scholastic, Mortal Engines is directed by Oscar-winning visual-effects pioneer Christian Rivers (King Kong).

“Jackson and Walsh co-wrote the screenplay with their fellow Oscar-winning collaborator, Mortal Engines executive producer Philippa Boyens, with whom they crafted The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies. Zane Weiner (The Hobbit series), Amanda Walker (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey) and Deborah Forte (Goosebumps) also produce, while Ken Kamins (The Hobbit series) joins Boyens as executive producer. Universal will distribute the film worldwide.”

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SOURCE: Universal Pictures (via Collider)

  • Kronx

    Not much of a synopsis for Jurassic World 2, but let me go ahead and spoil it. There are bigger, cooler dinosaurs that aren’t supposed to get out and eat people… but they do. The end.

    • Marquis de Sade

      Sounds rivetin’ to me!

    • With that kind of insight, Sony are going to be trying to recruit you as head script writer for everything. Maybe WB as well. 😆

      • Kronx

        I already have my Planet of the Apeosaurs script ready to go. It’s a direct sequel to 2001’s Planet of the Apes. Captain Leo Davidson has made his peace with returning to a planet run by apes, and he uses his status as a human to become head of security for the dinosaur theme park recently opened.

        Two plucky young apes decide to breed humans by locking Leo and the only other human on the planet, Margot Robbie, in the new dinosaur theme park after dark. But they accidentally release all the dinosaurs who break free and eat a bunch of apes. But not the ones we like.

        Then, twist, Leo discovers Margot is actually a robot with superpowers who’s the victim of an ancient gypsy curse. The Rock is attached to star.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      You forgot the surprise cast member of Sonequa Martin as Jeff Goldblums gymnast daughter all growed up.

  • TheOct8pus

    At what point will the public realize that Jurassic Park movies all have the same plot?

    • WTFITBS

      The last one had the same setup as a bad SyFy film.

  • WTFITBS

    These are dumbest reasons for making sequels at this point. These franchises like The Purge found closure with the last entry but yet we’re getting another for the sake that the last one eluded to a small possibility for a sequel.

    • Kindofabigdeal

      The Purge….90 minutes of studio executives puking their last meal into our collective mouths.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Awesome-O is at it again with his movie plots. Either that or Universal hired the manatees from Family Guy.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.