Something has survived, and that something is Universal’s thirst to squeeze more money out of the JURASSIC PARK franchise.
The net is all abuzz with the studio’s announcement that JURASSIC PARK IV will be released on Friday, June 13th 2014 (Yes, I noted the day too. But when it comes to this franchise’s ability to generate interest/cash, luck and superstition get pushed to the curb).
There is a script out there, written by RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. But the script is likely to go through multiple additional drafts, and probably multiple writers, before shooting commences on the new film.
What we don’t know is who will be starring in the picture, what the characters will be or who will be directing. All of this will need to be sorted out within the next few months. For such an effects-heavy film as JURASSIC PARK IV, they’ll need to start shooting by mid-summer.
One possibility for director? Steven Speilberg, who directed the first two installments of the series (Joe Johnston took over for JURASSIC PARK III). Earlier this week, Speilberg put his project ROBOPOCALYPSE on hold, as he considered a new approach to the story. With an empty spot in front of him, he may return to the Park. Still, that is merely speculation and it would be premature to consider anything a done deal at this point.
What they do have is a release date. Oh, and the commitment to shoot the film in 3-D. Because clearly those are the two most important things when planning a major motion picture. Things like story, approach and talent are purely secondary.
Universal will whet appetites for the new film when they re-release the original JURASSIC PARK in 3-D for a one-week run this April.