Jurassic World is Getting a Surprise Prequel... in LEGO
The two-part special will air on NBC later this month.
Surprise! Jurassic World is getting a prequel film entirely made of LEGO.
Courtesy of NBC Universal, LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit will air on NBC in the US on November 29 and will be available to stream thereafter, with a DVD release scheduled for January next year.
The two-part prequel will give viewers a chance to see Owen Grady and Claire Dearing's early interactions — although as neither will be voiced by Chris Pratt or Bryce Dallas Howard respectively, we're not entirely sure how the story will fit into the canon, if at all.
It will, however, see Owen and Claire work together to round up the dinosaurs for display in Jurassic World, and will even feature Owen's first encounter with Blue.
A synopsis (via SlashFilm) for the prequel reads:
"With the grand opening of Jurassic World's new super-secret dinosaur exhibit just days away, only one thing is missing – the dinosaurs! In order to get the job done, Simon Masrani enlists his newly-hired assistant, Claire Dearing, to ensure the new attraction opens on time…or else.
"Unfortunately, Owen Grady, the animal behaviourist Claire hired to deliver the dinosaurs, is late. Things aren't looking too good for Claire…or for Owen, who just wants to deliver the dinosaurs, collect his paycheck and get off the island.
"But the mission to deliver the dinosaurs turns out to be far more difficult than anyone could have imagined. From a runaway Gyrosphere, hang gliding with a Pteranodon (how did they get out of the Aviary?!), to a high-speed game of chicken with a T. rex, Owen will earn his paycheck and then some. And Claire may just get promoted to Assistant Manager of Park Operations.
"Along the way, we get the first inklings of why Owen and Claire drive each other crazy, but despite their differences, they succeed and make a great team. Oh, and Owen meets Blue for the first time as he discovers he has a way with dinosaurs he never knew about!"
With the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom earlier this year and a third as-yet-untitled Jurassic World movie on the way, it seems an odd choice to release a LEGO prequel that seems very tenuously linked to the actual franchise.
But, hey ho. We're oddly looking forward to it.
LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit will air on November 29 on NBC in the US.