After Universal’s grand success Jurassic World, is Fox trying to jump on board the extinction train with Woolly?
Jurassic World was the latest sequel to the renowned Jurassic Park franchise. If you haven’t seen the movie, you probably have seen its star Chris Pratt having the absolute meme taken out of him after trying to control some pretty agitated dinosaurs.
In alliance with Temple Hill, Fox are developing a movie based on Ben Mezrich’s upcoming novel, Woolly: The True Story of the De-Extinction of One of History’s Most Iconic Creatures. Wow, that’s a mouthful. Let’s just call it ‘Woolly’.
Woolly has already been described as a blend between Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones.
The plot follows a geneticist and his young team of Harvard scientists, who, after 10,000 years of extinction, set out to resurrect the woolly mammoth, a prehistoric elephant-like animal from the Pleistocene Epoch, also referred to as Mammuthus Primigenius (at Digital Fox, we not only do film, TV, gaming and tech, but history too… apparently). The woolly mammoth is brought back with plans of populating Pleistocene Park, a large area of the Siberian arctic. Intimidating and frankly quite monstrous (but maybe a little cuddly as well?), they are intended to serve as a means of protection from a deadly threat buried deep within the frozen earth.
Author Ben Mezrich is far from a rookie when it comes to producing successful stories that land in the Hollywood scene.
Two of his previous books served as the basis for The Social Network and 21 (The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal and Bringing Down the House: The Inside of Six MIT Students who took Vegas for Millions, respectively).
Woolly is somewhat based on a recent groundbreaking phenomenon, where geneticist George Church at Harvard University successfully recreated woolly mammoth DNA – a mammoth-sized step towards the possibility of one day cloning these extinct creatures.
While Fox may be bringing these giant prehistoric creatures back to life, all I hope for is that they don’t look to their fictional counterpart Jurassic World for inspiration.
As a big fan of the Jurassic Park franchise, I don’t want to see Fox try to recreate an unsuccessful mockery of what is a set of brilliant films. Rather, should they come out with something fresh and original that will vitalise Merzich’s original novel. Hopefully this is not Fox’s reply to Jurassic Park, but rather a creation of something new, something exciting, and something that isn’t stuck in the past.