Part of the reason a lot of people have been excited about seeing a fourth Jurassic Park movie was the possibility that Spielberg might return to directing the franchise he started back in 1993. Spielberg directed the second film Jurassic Park: The Lost World back in 1997 but he turned directing duties over to Joe Johnston for Jurassic Park III in 2001, with mixed results. Having Spielberg back involved would be a big deal but now that seems to be out of the picture.
When asked about the status of the long gestating sequel by Collider Spielberg said, “I don’t want to talk about Jurassic Park 4 yet – it’s too early – but I can tell you that I’m not directing it. I’m producing it though.”
Maybe you’re thinking it’s alright as long as Spielberg’s producing, he wouldn’t let them screw this up, would he? Here’s a list of some of the films Spielberg has produced but not directed: Eagle Eye, Transformers (all of them), Evolution, Real Steel, and Cowboys & Aliens. Only a couple of those movies are outright disasters, but most of them are at best mediocre. Of course every now and then he produces a True Grit too, but Spielberg’s record as a producer isn’t nearly as good as his record as a director.
All of this may of course be for naught. Spielberg and his team have been talking about making Jurassic Park 4 for more than a decade now, and so far haven’t actually gotten around to actually doing anything on it. It doesn’t sound like this project, with Spielberg or without him, is any closer to happening.