Parks And Recreation‘s Chris Pratt is reportedly wanted for a starring role in Jurassic World, the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise.
However, TheWrap reports that talks between the actor and Universal Pictures and are “still in their very early stages” because Pratt would have to find a way to balance the film’s shooting schedule with his Parks And Recreation commitments. Pratt’s mooted role in the dinosaur sequel is said to be different from the one recently offered to Josh Brolin, who has apparently failed to make a deal with Universal.
Universal has recently given the film its official title, Jurassic World, and set a release date of June 12, 2015. It will arrive in cinemas nearly 14 years after the last instalment in the dinosaur franchise, 2001’s Jurassic Park III.
Steven Spielberg will return as a producer and Colin Trevorrow is on board as director. The blockbuster sequel is a big step up for Trevorrow, whose only previous feature film is Safety Not Guaranteed, an indie comedy-drama made for just $750,000 (£500,000) that came out in December last year (2012).
As well as directing, Trevorrow co-wrote the latest draft of the screenplay with Derek Connolly, also his collaborator on Safety Not Guaranteed. “We don’t want to create a new scoop here, but we definitely want to honour what came before us,” Trevorrow said in an interview this July. “We are very aware of how much a certain generation especially cares about this movie and we talk about it all the time and really the conversation is: It’s not about us, it’s not about our careers, it’s how do we make something that can stand with the first one.”
Meanwhile, Pratt already has one high-profile film in the pipeline, Marvel’s new ensemble superhero flick Guardians Of The Galaxy, which also stars Bradley Cooper, Glenn Close and John C Reilly and opens in cinemas on August 1, 2014.