Anyone who knows me to any extent can tell you that I love dinosaurs. Throughout most of my childhood and even into some of my teenage years, I was truly dead set on being a Paleontologist. So Jurassic Park has always held a special place in my heart, and I’ve enjoyed the franchise (despite the 3rd film). Because of that, I’ve been anxious for any news regarding the fabled 4th film in the franchise.
It’s been 10 years since the last movie, and there are plenty of people willing to let the franchise die. But there are still lots of fans out there clamoring for this film. I want it mostly because I don’t want the greatest that was Jurassic Park to finish up on the third film…just doesn’t seem right. On top of that, it’s freaking Jurassic Park! There is still so much that can be done with it.
With a new comic book series, a new game coming out, a recently re-launched toy line, and the blu-rays coming out this year…it seems like JP is having a revival. So it may be time for Jurassic Park 4. Perhaps Steven Spielberg feels the same way.
THR is reporting that the legendary director has met with screenwriter Mark Protosevich (who helped writer Thor and I Am Legend) to discuss ideas on how to reboot the franchise. They were very quick to let people know that NO screenplay is currently being written. Mark hasn’t been hired on and Universal hasn’t actually ordered this movie. They say the discussions are purely exploratory for now.
While it’s not much, this is more work than Spielberg has done on Jurassic Park in a very long time. So this should hearten fans. But with his Lincoln biopic in the works next (after finishing work on Tintin), who knows how long it may be before it happens. Of course if he takes a back seat and allows someone else to direct (NOT Joe Johnston) then things could move quicker.
Let’s face it, Universal may want to move quicker. With no real big tentpole movies in the pipeline (Fast and Furious is still strong but won’t last forever) a new Jurassic Park could be just what they need. Let’s just cross our fingers that it’s a sequel and not a remake/reboot.