Jurassic Park IV has been in development hell since the release of Jurassic Park III in 2001, so when Universal Studios announced a release date for JP4, some people were shocked that the fourth installment would finally be moving forward. It seems those hopes of watching Jurassic Park IV anytime soon have been dashed, with Universal putting the production of the film on a temporary hiatus to iron out some details regarding the film’s design and scale.
According to JurassicPark4-movie.com, the production of Jurassic Park IV is experiencing a “restructuring of the guard.” Reportedly, Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) is still directing the film, but Universal wants the movie to be on a bigger scale than originally conceived. This “restructuring” led to Universal letting go a good number of the film’s production team, including concept artist Dean Sherriff who tweeted “JP4 on hold,” while Digital Assets Manager Todd Smoyer perhaps jumped the gun with a “Hollywood makes and crushes dreams. Goodbye JP4″ tweet.
The problems with Jurassic Park IV don’t seem to be script related, which is a good thing for the overall quality of the film. But how exactly what Universal’s “restructuring” will mean remains to be seen. Perhaps the movie will go back to the human/dino storyline that was in development since 2007. While it remains unclear what Jurassic Park IV will be about, it is believed the story will return to the location of the original Jurassic Park film: Site A on Isla Nublar, off the coast of Costa Rica.
It also looks like Universal will push Jurassic Park IV back to a later, yet-to-be-determined date. Universal recently announced:
In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal’s beloved franchise. We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise’s storied history.
So it looks like it’s back to the drawing board for Colin Trevorrow and Jurassic Park IV. This seems like a good thing, because it sounds like Universal wants to get this one right, instead of trotting out a rushed sequel. Hopefully we’ll still get Jurassic Park IV sometime in 2014.