“Jurassic Park IV” is slated for a summer 2014 release but many questions remain unanswered regarding the fourth installment of the legendary franchise. The film has not been cast, nor has a director been named, but rumors are swirling over its filming location. Multiple movie websites are claiming that “Jurassic Park IV” will be shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, from April through November of 2013.
Universal Rents Space at Raleigh Studios in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Universal is behind the “Jurassic Park IV” project and it has been confirmed by Patrick Mulhern, director of operations at Baton Rouge’s Raleigh Studios, that Universal is leasing space at the Hollywood South sound stages from April through November of 2013. While this does not necessarily mean that “Jurassic Park IV” is going to be the film shot at the Baton Rouge facility, the amount of time allocated by Universal would indicate that they are bringing a very major project to Baton Rouge. Eight calendar months allows for a 120-day shooting schedule which is typical of special effects heavy movies with major budgets like “Jurassic Park IV.”
Why Baton Rouge, Louisiana?
Louisiana offers the most aggressive movie tax credits of any state in the nation, making it financially appealing for film shoots. Additionally, the facility offered by Raleigh Studios at the Celtic Media Center is expansive and offers everything on-site. Pre-production facilities, production offices, and post-production facilities are all on the grounds of the Baton Rouge campus.
Universal’s History at The Baton Rouge Movie Studio
Universal shot “Battleship” at Baton Rouge’s Raleigh Studios during the fall of 2010. The film made extensive use of green screens and shooting was not dependent upon geographic location, showing that Universal’s choice to shoot in Baton Rouge was based upon the pure economics of the tax incentives and faith in the world-class facilities. Universal returned to the same Baton Rouge studios during the spring and summer of 2012 to shoot “Oblivion” starring Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman. The post-apocalyptic movie was shot almost entirely in the confines of the Baton Rouge movie studio’s sound stages, once again showing that Louisiana is no longer relegated to playing itself in gratuitous Mardi Gras scenes.
Other Effects-Driven Films Shot at Baton Rouge’s Raleigh Studios
Raleigh Studios in Baton Rouge has also been the filming site of many other special effects intensive films including “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1,” “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “The Host,” and ironically, “Battle: Los Angeles.” A&E’s “Breakout Kings” even shot a good majority of its second season at the Hollywood South movie studio despite the show being set in the New York City area.
The contributor can fondly recall seeing the original “Jurassic Park” in theaters when he was just ten years old.
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