Back in 1993, Jeff Goldblum taught us that “life finds a way”, referring to the inexorable march of evolution in Jurassic Park. In Hollywood, you could say that the very same motto applies to blockbuster sequels… if there’s money to be made, they inevitably find a way. Jurassic Park 4 has been in development for years, but up until now no one has been able to come up with a story that everyone agrees on. Then last year Universal hired Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to give it another shot. It would appear that they’ve been able to satisfy everyone, because Universal has officially set a release date for the film. That’s right, Jurassic Park 4 is happening, and it will hit theatres in 2014.
Over the weekend, Universal announced that Jurassic Park 4 will be released on June 13th, 2014. This will be almost 13 years after the last sequel hit theatres, which is a pretty big gap. Universal is re-releasing the original film in 3D this April to help introduce it to a new generation, but there has been talk that this will also be a reboot of sorts. The new movie will actually be shot in 3D, but what remains unclear is who will direct it.
Last we heard, Spielberg would be on board as a producer only, however, the recent delay of Robopocalypse is intriguing, to say the least. Spielberg still has not committed to direct anything else… could he be considering a return to the director’s chair for Jurassic Park 4? Whether or not Spielberg directs, I’m sure many will still be questioning the wisdom of doing a fourth movie. What do you think, does this franchise still have some life left in it? Are you game for Jurassic Park 4?