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Jurassic Park May Reopen In 2014

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Has it really been almost twenty-years since Jurassic Park? It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long, but when you consider the fact that the fourth installment has been in the works for some time now, that timeline doesn’t feel so off. Last we heard, Jurassic Park 4 hired screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, the team behind Rise of the Planet of the Apes, to tackle the script. Things are moving along, and you might not have long to wait to see this sequel in theaters.

T-Rex escaping the paddock in Jurassic Park

When Collider asked producer Frank Marshall about Jurassic Park 4, he said, “I would say that it will be on the screen within two years.” He also divulged that they’re shooting for a summer 2014 release. That’s logical. With a big tent pole movie like this you have to figure they want to put it out there either in the summer or around the holidays.

The report also confirms that Jurassic Park 4 is in fact a honest to god sequel, not a prequel, a reboot, a reimagining, or any of the other terms you hear these days. A sequel leaves the door open for Jeff Goldblum to reprise his role of mathematician Ian Malcolm. Who doesn’t want to see that? The world needs more Goldblum.

The first Jurassic Park film, based on Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel, made huge leaps in special effects technology. They combined practical and digital effects like no one else ever had, with breathtaking results. Marshall said, “That’s what’s gonna be great about it, technology’s taken a leap now that we can really do some great things.” Whether that means the production will employ motion capture technology or not remains to be seen. Wouldn’t it be hilarious to pop in the Blu-ray and watch a behind the scenes feature about actors running around pretending to be a Velociraptor or T-Rex? Whatever technology they use, Jurassic Park 4 won’t completely abandon the practical side of the art.

Given the schedule, and since Steven Spielberg has already said he won’t helm this chapter, you’d expect the production to begin searching for a director before long. You might want to prepare yourself for news on that front.

Who would you like to see direct Jurassic Park 4? Any favorites to take over the reigns?


Comments

  • CarlosFontesJr

    I am over the moon with this news as a fan of Jurassic Park in novel and film forms.

    Hopefully the writers are able to mix the science dialogue aspects with the heart pumping action like they did in ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’.

    Funny, after watching it and hearing the news of the writers being hired for the job, I kind of realized that ‘Rise..’ could, in some alternate reality, be a Michael Crichton adaptation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robrobchicago Rob Robinson

    JJ ABrams!

  • Neil McCauley

    Joss Whedon!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.adamson.10 Mike Adamson

    Why the early test shot image in the story? That is very different from what appeared on screen. I have personally never had the chance to see digital dinosaurs on the big screen, so I will be very interested. JP has always been highly divisive, from scientists who feel the liberties are too great, to armchair critics who call it feeble, to those who simply can’t stand Spielbergian storytelling, and those who remember that Michael Crichton was a raging neocon, which tends to taint his work for those who are not. Personally, I just like to sit back and watch dinosaurs walk across the screen — the illusion is worth the price of admission, no matter what quibbles the rest of the opus may evoke.

  • bhak1

    I’d almost prefer a reboot at this point. Lost World was iffy and the 3rd one was fun but moronic. It’s been 20 years, I wouldn’t mind a remake more faithful to the book and then a Lost Word more faithful to that book

  • TheDarkKnight

    Whoever said Joss Whedon is a moron. If you want to see something imaginative with minimum special effects hire JJ Abrams. Joss Whedon would have 75% of the movie made on a computer.