Rumors of Jurassic Park IV have run rampant for years, but the project has never really come together…until now. Universal Studios has just announced Jurassic Park IV will hit theaters during the summer of 2014, in 3D. Unfortunately, Steven Spielberg will not direct the film, but he will remain on the project as a producer, along with Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy.
Universal has yet to announce who will direct the upcoming sequel, but it will most likely be a younger director. Jurassic Park IV has been in active development since December 2011, with an original script written by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell).
The big question is what Jurassic Park IV will be about. It seems like the series got really stale after Jurassic Park III, and with rumors of dinosaur/human hybrids don’t bode well. Since the release of the original Jurassic Park in 1993, each sequel film — The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997 and Jurassic Park III in 2001 — got increasingly worse. Hopefully Jurassic Park IV will be able to shake free of the diminishing returns.
This April, for the 20th anniversary, Universal plans to re-release the original Jurassic Park in theaters with a 3D treatment and a one-week IMAX limited engagement. The film grossed $915 million in 1993, so this re-release could add to this amount handsomely.
Jurassic Park IV will hit theaters everywhere on June 13, 2014.