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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.
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?