With Men in Black 3 having raked in over half a billion dollars worldwide, it’s no surprise that Hollywood might be looking to fast-track sequels to long-fallow franchises. Now the hiring of a new pair of writers suggests that we might be seeing a return to Jurassic Park in the not-too-distant future. Hey, at least it’s not a reboot…
Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has hired Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver to pen the new dino-crisis sequel (no, not that dino-crisis). They have some experience with beasts run amok, as they previously wrote the script for last year’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which proved to be improbably good and went on to earn $483 million worldwide. They’re also working on the script for the next Apes flick, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. We’ll do our best to forget that they wrote The Relic back in the mid ’90s.
Steven Spielberg will be producing Jurassic Park IV, but the director’s chair will go to someone else as yet unannounced. For a while Captain America director Joe Johnston was the apparent front-runner to direct, but he’s not mentioned in Deadline’s story so he may have moved on before this iteration of the project gained a head of steam.
Honestly, it was inevitable that they were going to get around to making another Jurassic Park script at some point, and despite Jurassic Park 3 being an unpleasant memory, hopefully the new film can follow in MIB3‘s footsteps and revitalize the franchise. There’s still a lot of fun to be had with the concept of dinosaurs wreaking havoc, and Jaffa and Silver have proven they’ve got the chops to mix tentpole action with smart screenwriting. I’ve got my fingers crossed for this one.