Posted by Jack DLM - Thursday 13 February 2014 at 10:30AM - 8 Comments
OnLocationVacations.com is reporting that set construction has begun in Hawaii for the upcoming Jurassic World and have posted some pictures of the set being built that they received via a tipster.
The set is being built on the Kualoa Ranch where the original film was shot back in 1993. According to the website, the set can be seen from Pali Lookout, near Chinaman’s Hat and the fishpond. Apparently the tipset also spotted directional signs posted at the construction entrance that say 'EBB'.
'Ebb Tide' is the production name for Jurassic Park 4, and the film is set to film on Hawaii in April of this year and then move to Louisiana on June 2nd.
We also have some apparent set construction pictures from New Orleans - the first was posted a week ago on Instagram by the user Gerald Callahan, a set builder who claims to have arrived in New Orleans to work on #JurrasicPark. Take this currently as a rumour, but it looks like Jurassic World will be making use of the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans. The user posted another photograph of set construction happening at the park.
We've not heard anything other than this about Jurassic World using the abandoned Six Flags park, but we know that the movie is filming in New Orleans so it's possible that this is true.
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UPDATE: JPLegacy forum user SpielbergFan found a PDF containing the minutes from a meeting that the Industrial Development Board of the City of New Orleans had April 9th, 2013, which confirms that Jurassic World will be filming at the abandoned Six Flags park in New Orleans.
"Ms. Martin received and responded to several calls for use of the Six Flags site including Ebb Tide (Universal Studios), Reed Street Productions and Operations Black Sheep - two denials were sent out, the Ebb Tide request is pending"
The PDF can be found here. So it looks like set construction really has begun in New Orleans for the film and the abandoned Six Flags amusement park will be used. Here are some photos:
UPDATE [19/02/2014]: A new image of the set construction in Hawaii has surfaced. This one shows a bit more detail as to what's being built - which looks a bit like an auditorium of sorts. There's also a second new image, this time from Instagram, which shows construction of something in a different area in Hawaii.
What do you think is being built? Let us know in the comments!