Jurassic Park IV was originally going to be released in June 2014, but with a new director (Safety Not Guaranteed‘s Colin Trevorrow), production delays, and script rewrites, Universal Studios pushed the release to an unspecified date in the future. Usually this kind of news would spell disaster for a big summer blockbuster movie, but for Jurassic Park IV, it’s good that Universal wants to get this one right and not rush a release. Jurassic Park III was far from terrible, but it was in no way an upgrade from The Lost World or the original Jurassic Park. While we’ve still got a long wait for Jurassic Park IV, the new sequel’s director encourages fans not to listen to rumors.
Trevorrow recently made a guest appearance on the Jurassic Park Podcast and talked about the upcoming JP sequel. While he didn’t divulge any specifics about the new film, he did shed some light on a few rumors emerging on the Internet. Trevorrow also mentioned that Jurassic Park IV was “two years out,” which falls in line with early reports that the sequel wouldn’t be released until 2015.
The podcast episode surrounded the idea of why a new Jurassic Park movie should even exist, more than 12 years after the last Jurassic Park outing in 2001. Trevorrow explained that the project isn’t just another paycheck for him. He says he deeply cares about the project and wants to make Jurassic Park IV something worth watching.
It’s important to make a movie for the fans but I also have to remember that there’s a lot of people who just couldn’t care less and need me to make a solid case for why the hell there’s a Jurassic Park 4 in the first place, and I want to make a movie for them too.
Early rumors suggested that Jurassic Park IV would pick up in “real time,” 20 years after the events and release of the original Jurassic Park. It would feature a working theme park that has become the #1 tourist destination on the planet. After the unfortunate events of the past films, this new Jurassic Park is supposedly the safest theme park around, with a sophisticated security system and emergency protocols. While the park is getting ready to introduce a new aquatic dinosaur, it breaks free and wreaks havoc across the park.
Trevorrow addressed rumors that Jurassic Park IV would feature muzzled T-Rexes being used as security at the park. The director noted, “I saw some of the rumors on the Internet and I would have all kinds of red flags going off if I heard they were going to muzzle a T-Rex. So I would say don’t believe everything you read, there are way more insiders on the Internet than there are in real life.”
Trevorrow has said that Jurassic Park IV will honor what came before, and that fans will be very happy with the new sequel. In the podcast Trevorrow mentioned that he loved John Williams’ score for the original film, but it’s unclear if the legendarily composer will return for Jurassic Park IV. It’s also important to note that Williams didn’t score Jurassic Park III. That film featured music from film composer Don Davis (The Matrix).
Trevorrow and his writing partner, Derek Connolly, are currently writing the film’s new script. At the moment, no actors have been cast.
Jurassic Park IV will hit theaters everywhere during the summer of 2015, in 3D and IMAX.