‘Captain America’ Director Talks ‘Jurassic Park 4′

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2013 at 9:36 am,

It’s been a decade since we last had the opportunity to see a group of hapless scientists and morally bereft venture capitalists go mano-a-dino in a Jurassic Park film. In that time there has been a steady stream of rumors and speculation amongst the public about the storyline for a fourth film, and a (seeming) series of fits-and-starts in the production.

Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston has been the name most consistently attached to the project (other than film franchise creator Steven Spielberg and writer Mark Protosevich).

Johnston directed the third instillation in the franchise, a film that received a mixed critical and fan response. He had previously indicated a desire to keep the fourth film off the island saying, “Why would anybody go back to that island? It was hard enough to figure out the second and third reason for them to go, but it would take it off in a whole other trilogy basically, but when it gets to that level it’s sort of about studios and Steven’s thing and who knows.”

Very little has been revealed as to an actual story for Jurassic Park 4, though Protosevich (who worked on the story for Thor) and Steven Spielberg are reportedly in the process of crafting a framework for the film. When we sat down with Johnston this weekend to speak about Captain America we asked if there were any updates from the world of Jurassic Park.

The director said simply, “We are in discussions about ‘Jurassic Park 4.’ The most important thing I can tell you is that it starts a new trilogy that will go off in a different direction — a completely different direction that is very exciting, and different from anything we’ve seen.” Johnston continued by saying that, “It starts with the history of the first trilogy, but it spins it off in a completely different direction. That’s all I can tell you.”

One can only speculate on what that direction might be. With an earlier indication that it would be challenging to get an audience to accept another trip to an Island, could it be that the dinosaurs are now going to be placed within a general population, or that perhaps so much time has passed that it is now standard practice to have a dinosaur zoo within a cityscape? Will it be Planet of the Apatosaurus? It’s really anyone’s guess.

With the success of Thor and the anticipated success of the Johnston helmed Captain America is it possible that we may see Jurassic Park 4 emerge from development purgatory and make it’s way to the production pipeline fast track?

Captain America: The First Avenger opens next weekend – beginning Friday, July 22nd

Make sure to take a look at Screen Rant’s additional coverage from our conversation with Joe Johnston on the possibilities of Captain America 2 and a film adaptation of The Winter Soldier – as well as his desire to bring Star Wars back to the big screen with a Boba Fett movie.

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  1. I want another Jurassic Park. :X

  2. I would guess that somehow the dinosaurs find a way off the 2 islands of the 3 previous films and make their way to populated areas

  3. WOW! This “Captain America” director is talking about everything today.

    I keep expecting to read….

    “Captain America director talks Rupert Murdoch, and the Phone hacking scandal…”

  4. I’m expecting the DNA that Nedry kept stealing in the first movie will be a significant factor in Jurassic Park 4. He says when he first meets with the guy on the mainland “I know how to do this, I have done this before.”. Expect Dinosaurs running wild on the mainland, possibly Costa Rica first for Jurassic Park 4, at the end of 4 finding out that the Dinosaurs are moving further around the World (Pterodactyls flying towards the setting sun at the end of 3). Overall I am extremely excited for this, because the Jurassic Park trilogy was a big part of my youth. Here’s hoping for the best.

    • Sorry just a quick afterthought…

      The guy that Nedry was getting the DNA for was working for a rival company that was also trying to set up a Dino park. So they might be the reason the Dinosaurs end up on the mainland.

  5. Whether JP4 is made or not…REMAKE JURASSIC PARK and THE LOST WORLD (with Spielberg as Producer)

    A facebook page has been started to promote the campaign. Like the page to show that you’re gonna CONTACT UNIVERSAL (by e-mail or postage)

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Remake-Jurassic-Park-and-The-Lost-World-with-Spielberg-as-Producer/228708970475230

    If Universal is afraid to remake Jurassic Park and The Lost World (because of the biased fanboys who are too stubborn to accept anything besides Spielberg’s version) then we must give Universal the idea to GET SPIELBERG TO BE THE PRODUCER OF THE REMAKES. It might be the only way for the fanboys to have faith in the project….(“In Steve We Trust”)

    The posters for the remakes could even say: “STEVEN SPIELBERG PRESENS” (just like other movies he was the producer of.)

    How can you not understand why do we want remakes? WE WANT A CLOSER ADAPTATION OF THE NOVELS

    • …and you are not biased, right? Heh. “Jurassic Park” was great as it was. “The Lost World”, on the other hand was purely a financial consideration, thus missing the heart of the first film. It doesn’t need a remake…or a reminder.

      • I have to admit, a truer-to-source film adaptation WOULD be awful cool.

      • What the hell are you talking about? What does “financial consideration” mean? And what the hell makes Fercedes biased? He didn’t say anything negative about the 1993 film.

        • Bronza…

          “The Lost World” was a movie that became a novel; it was made specifically because of the first film’s success…thus, a FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION.

          As for what makes Fercedes biased: “How can you not understand why do we want remakes? WE WANT A CLOSER ADAPTATION OF THE NOVELS”

          BIAS does not simply mean being negative. It can also (and, in this case, DOES) mean that the statement shows a DEFINITE leaning toward one perspective or another. Fercedes says those who do not want a remake MUST be Spielberg fanboys, otherwise they would surely understand that a remake is good and necessary.

          THAT is the DEFINITION of bias.

          • The Lost world is not a movie that became a novel. It was a book first in 1995 Then the movie in 97. The trailer for the movie even said it was based off the novel.

            • The book DID come out first, but it was written SPECIFICALLY because of the success of the first film and was IMMEDIATELY scripted as a movie. Crichton was pressured into writing a sequel to JURASSIC PARK, so a second movie could be made.

              In short: A FINAL CONSIDERATION.

              • …sigh…A FINANCIAL CONSIDERATION.

    • Why would you want a remake with Spielberg? We’ve seen his version. That’s like saying we want a batman remake with tim Burton producing. Ridiculous

      • Meh, you didn’t pay attention to Fercedes’s point. You don’t know the difference between Director and Producer. Try learning the difference before making ridiculous comments.

  6. Blah blah didn’t we hear the exact same thing about Spiderman 4? Sounds like he doesn’t know anymore then we do and we end up with “a gritty realistic” reboot.

  7. I WANT THE TYRANNOSAURUS REX BACK DAMN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Agreed

  8. I also want another jurrasic park movie but i would rather have spielberg directing it rather than Johntson. His film are always okk, not badd not great, jus somewhere in the middle. And im a little worried on how different they will take this. I mean im all for diffent ideas but the way he talked about it in this interview was like something soooooo crazyy and different it might be a bad idea. but hey just hope it goes very well. Jurrasic park is one of my fav movies.

  9. As long as the film premise does NOT involve dinosaurs being use by the military as weapons (which is something that I heard, a looooong time ago), the idea of a new JP is pretty exciting! It doesn’t matter how old you are, dinosaurs are AWESOOOME!

  10. Just saw the Movie, is “AWSOME” super awsome, and stay after the credits, they had the “AVENGERS” preview, yes, all of them, it was awsome.

  11. “Why would anybody go back to that island?”

    Science.

    Pure and simple. That island would be a treasure trove for scientists.

    I don’t see a problem.

  12. the J4 story is going to be is about a rougue scientist who is splicing dino DNA with humans to make SUPER SOLDIERS. starring …… wait for it …… HARRISON FORD as the scientist and Josh harnett as the soldier who is “turned” then throw in Goldblums character so he can be killed off and have Chris Pine as the “good guy”. Im sure you can stretch that out to a trilogy somehow……… your welcome stevie speilburg!

    • Why not just freeze Harrison Ford in some archaeology accident so he could arrive in present day to battle the Dinos as Indiana Jones?!

      Where have I seen that plot idea recently?

      • Actually if you are freezing Harrison Ford shouldn’t it be in Carbonite?

        • you gotta admit tho. If they wanted to take it in a different direction thats about as different as it could get.

        • Good one, Darren

    • u suck dude =D

  13. I’m really not seeing where they can go (that would be interesting). They did the isolated thing 3 times with the third allowing them to reach the mainland. So if 4 is about an outbreak on a South American coast it would be predictable and….boring. So too would be an outbreak oat a densely populated city. Dinos wandering around a cityscape terrorizing people and destroying buildings. Hummmmm sounds vaguely reminiscent of something…….

    How’s about them instead managing to get aboard a super secret space shuttle…..Dinos in Space! You then have the capsule frozen in suspended animation and have them found by some space faring race in the distant future. You could then have Dinos rampaging through a spaceship and then manage to make it to either the Earth or some habitable planet where they will have a new world to terrorize. I can’t put my finger on it bit that sounds very familiar……oh I know, they did that in Alien(s) :P

    Ok……send them back it time to find out our ancient ancestors were intelligent Dinosaurs and they can terrorize them…..oh wait that’s Planet of the Apes wasn’t it.

    To be succinct…..the series is played out, MOVE ON.

    • Youse alls just not seeing it! What youins have here is the oportombity for the nexus big thing! Really,? why would anyones want anything more’s than a Monsteroid Island for the 21st century, HUH? THat’s right! The late 1960′s can live again! That’s right just name this movie; Monsteroid Island and then the sequel writes itself!

      And of course youse have to name that Destroy All Monsters, DAM that sounds good. Of course I decided to writes the third one Godziglla VS Monstroid Island. You see in this one all the Godzigllas come out of all the waters in the world and strt making there way to Monstroid Island__

  14. Buenas tardes
    si los felicito el APOYO TOTAL PARA SI A JURASSIC PARK NUEVA TRILOGIA
    LAS MEJORES PELICULAS DE TODOS LOS TIEMPOS UN CLASICO
    FELICITACIONES QUE SE CONSUME LA PELICULA VERLA HA SIDO UNA LARGA ESPERA APOYO TOTAL DE LOS FANS EN MEXICO VERLA COMPLETA EN EL CINE
    HASTA LOS CREDITOS FINALES COMPRAR TODOS LOS JUGUETES PRODUCTOS
    LA MERCADOLOGIA DE JURASSIC PAR SIEMPRE HA SIDO EXITOSA YO SOY PALEONTOLOGO GRACIAS A ESTA PELICULA ES MI ESTILO DE VIDA
    TODO MI VIDA SI ES POSIBLE ESTA INSPIRADA EN LA MISMA SI FUESE A UNA ISLA DESIERTA Y SOLO PUDIERA LLEVAR UNA PELICULA SERIA LA DE JURASSIC PARK Y TODAS SUS SECUELAS FELICITO A JOE JONHSTON Y ESPERO QUE TENGA EL MEJOR DE LOS EXITOS SI HACE ESTA PELICULA AL SR. STEVEN SPIELBERG Y TODOS A TODOS LOS QUE LLEGEN A TRABAJAR EN LA MISMA UN EXITO SEGURO Y TOTAL

  15. could be good lets see some plesiosaurs, and the diloposaurus again.

  16. Sounds like prequels to me.

  17. Re: Jurassic Park 4. BRING IT ON! Does anyone realise that other than the first film no one has ever gone BACK to the first island. 2 and 3 were set on Site B. We need to go back to Site A and the actual Park. There is definitely a story there. Im not sure about dinos in the city for a whole story line.

  18. i dont understand why some people would want Jurassic park 4′s setting to be in the city. weve seen that in Godzilla (1998) and although it was entertaining, i just dont see a brachiosaurus wondering around a city. theres nothing better than dinosaurs in an island filled with forests. it seems much more realistic. Besides, the title would have to be changed to Jurassic City, (or something like that) without the “IV” since the previous movies were in a park.

    i loved Jurassic park when i was a kid. i loved dinosaurs. and still amaze me. Every time i hear or read the words Jurassic Park, it reminds me of dinosaurs and an island with forests. Lets not change the setting. please.

  19. i hope they finally do the whole extinction part that was in the original books. if i remember correctly the dinosaurs had evolved some sort of disease that appeared since they first made them in the lab, it pointed to a reason as to why dinosaurs are extinct today. the disease was also starting to affect humans. i could see this turning the whole theme park idea around, like the guy said the series would go.

    i hope that container doesn’t have a big role in the next series because it was only supposed to last an hour not 10 years…

    but im too excited! omg

  20. Make JP4 it would be awesome!!!

  21. they should also stop with the velociraptors those things are like 3 feet tall. Deinonycus are the real deal get with the program people. and they should also have some utahraptors and Hypacrosaurus and parasaropolus and mosasaurs that would be cool

    the movie could start out with two people on jet skis, skiing around near site a and then one of them get mauled by a pleisosaur or mosasaur and then like the us goverment gets involved and sends some agency to examine it and they find out that the animals on site a have evolved into bigger dinos like ampocilias and gigantosaurus and edmontosaurus and then they send a group of scientist and Marines/seals/rangers/airman/and coast guard chopper pilots to make the dinosaurs go “extinct”.

    Now that would be COOL!!!!

    • The velociraptors are the way they are because of the frog DNA. Same with about half of the other dinosaurs that should not be the way they are. It is explained somewhere along the lines. Look into the facts before posting such comments.

  22. now hang on james think about what Jurassic park is about, its not about everything getting killed or a horror film it’s a film that is suppose to inspire people and at the same time deliver a host of adrenaline rush to the audience that both excites and has them on the edge of the seats. really the idea that they basically cull the entire island would leave the entire series on a sour note as they the people portrayed would most likely be very callous. remember that it’s also a children’s film some what. unless your idea is about a group of scientists who go there to study, the army steps in (or whatever) and the scientists disagree with the cull. It all goes haywire as the scientists start to sabotage the efforts of the armed forces. now that seems more like Jurassic park, although it does sound a lot like jp:lost world.

  23. This says the Jurassic Park sequel is set in Victorian England: http://bit.ly/gGL6gc

  24. pls not johnston again. he f**ked jp3 really up. it was so bad.

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