Joe Johnston Talks Jurassic Park 4 Story

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Harry Knowles at Ain’t It Cool News put up an interview from a while back on the set of The Wolfman with director Joe Johnston. In the interview they discussed a bunch of his previous works and a bit about Jurassic Park 4 for which he is attached to helm.

This was before it was announced that Johnston would be directing The First Avenger: Captain America so unfortunately, that topic does not come up.

In the interview, the topic of special effects (the right mix of practical and digital) came up and Johnston gave the example of the first Jurassic Park and how it still holds up today as something special in that regard. Shortly thereafter, Harry brought the conversation back to Jurassic Park to ask some questions about the widely speculated fourth installment of the franchise. Joe Johnston of course, directed Jurassic Park 3.

“Well, there is a great story for the fourth one that I would be interested in getting involved with and it’s nothing like the first three. It sort of takes the franchise off in a completely different direction, which is the only way I would want to get involved.”

Harry then asked if it would be again about a group of folks trying to survive against the dinos and Johnston responded, “We’ve done that and it’s been done three times…”

Following that, Harry emulated the feelings of many fans and said to stay away from the island.

“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. I think we are at that point where we are due for another one if we are going to do it. They had what four years between them? 1992… 1996 or 1997, and then 2001, so we are past due. I don’t know, but we will see.”

Johnston’s Jurassic Park 3 was sadly was the worst of the trilogy for me and they definitely need to do something new and completely different for it to work or potentially kick-start the franchise with a new set of films.

What do you think about Johnston heading up another Jurassic Park and the Captain America movie? What do you want from Jurassic Park 4?

Universal has no official schedule set for Jurassic Park 4. The Wolfman finally hits theaters February 10, 2010 and The First Avenger: Captain America will hopefully not be delayed and open July 22, 2011.

Source: AICN

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  1. Hold up your telling me they used more animatronics on screen in the 3rd one as opposed to the first JP? Dang my mistake I was basing that statement on seeing the movies years ago my bad. But that still doesn’t excuse the 3rd movie suffering a sense of relapse and poor directing.

  2. I believe for the 4th Jurassic they should have a clean up crew attempt to retake the 1st island.Almost like a clean up crew trying to salvage or reopen the park due to its original failure. All I know is that they shouldn’t go away from the islands b/c thats the story of this trilogy. Like i said i think they should revist the 1st island with a new storyline.

  3. So Jesse, Jurassic Park becomes Monster Island and the fourth move becomes “Destroy All Monsters.” I was waiting for somebody to propose that! Tongue firmly in cheek :D
    Here’s inspiration for it. ;)

    Seriously it could be very entertaining depending on how its appROACHed…

  4. “Jurassic Park 4‐Dark Continent” Concept
    Original Idea and artwork ©Morgan O’Brien
    Based upon the ‘Jurassic Park Series’
    by Michael Crichton
    © Universal City Studios and
    Amblin Entertainment INC.

    ‘Jurassic Park 4’ will revive the JP franchise with a bang. The story opens on the African plains. We follow a pride of Lions hunting a herd of Wildebeest. It’s a long, detailed, beautiful series of shots drenched in the gritty reality of surviving the harsh African Outback. The scenes are fast, bloody and exhilarating. National Geographic in HD. As the matriarch closes in for the kill on its unfortunate victim the screen goes silent and we hear an all too familiar clicking noise. Cut to a large sinister Raptor eye in the background.

    Bang! Roll the Opening Titles.

    The premise for ‘Jurassic Park 4‐Dark Continent’ is simple. Dinosaurs from Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna have been secretly ‘acquired’ by a large European and Saudi Arabian conglomerate and transported to a massive nature reserve on the African Continent. The intention being to let life simply ‘find a way’. Given Africa’s diverse landscape the powers that be consider it a more than ideal location. By the time the scientific community find out it’s simply too late. The dinosaurs are scattered over millions of acres of African territory. We begin to witness the wonder and awe of tyrannosaurs hunting elephants, brachiosaurs mingling with giraffes, pachycephalosaurs, gazelle, parasaurolophus, zebra, and gallimimus travelling the plains together. The shots and set pieces are dripping in realism. The viewer soon forgets that what they are watching is in fact artificial. Think of it as ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’ on Acid. Africa’s diverse climate and habitats allow the story to interweave between desert, jungles, green fields and waterways. This movie would take current special effects technology to the next level, as JP did in the early 90’s.

    World opinion is divided. Should the animals be culled, repurchased and transported home or let be. What begins as a moral conundrum soon becomes a matter of survival. On relocation the animals were treated with the appropriate antibodies to survive their new climate. However an unforeseen genetic mutation has caused the dinosaurs to become carriers of an extremely devastating virus. Although dormant for the time being, unless immunized the newly introduced specimens will not only infect all animal life but also human life as well. This virus is untreatable in humans and worldwide extinction is imminent if ALL released species are not treated. If they are left long enough to start breeding the ‘catch and treat’ task will become next to impossible.

    Dr. Alan Grant, Dr.Ellie Sattler and Lex Murphy are working on a paeleontogy dig in Northern Africa when the news breaks. Alan and Ellie are coerced into offering their expertise. Lex however is young, energetic and willing to step up to the plate. A group of world leading scientists, palaeontologists and trackers are gathered to lend their expertise and create a plan of action. The technology is developed to ease the task at hand, but at the end of the day these animals especially the smaller predators like the Raptors and Dilophosaurs can only be tracked and captured on foot.

    The movie will be super realistic, gritty and an adrenalin fuelled rollercoaster ride. Is the task impossible? What is to become of Africa? Regardless the course of evolution has been irreversibly altered. If humanity survives what kind of world will be left?

    Jurassic Park 4 in its simplest terms is the film we fans want. Correction. Need! Too many movie franchises become ridiculous and predictable by their third or fourth outing. I don’t want the most pinnacle movie of my childhood destroyed by ‘genetically mutated dinosaur soldiers’. Or abandoned at such a pinnacle time in cinematic history. Michael Crichton the Master passed on. Don’t let the series do so as well. We are about to enter a decade of Comic Book movies. DC and Marvel are in full battle, if there’s any hope that today’s youths can learn to appreciate the beautiful world of dinosaurs it’s important that this movie gets made. It’s now or never. If we leave it too long they will just wait 15 years to re‐imagine and remake the whole concept again. I’m pleading with all the fans. If you like my concept, get behind it. Maybe just maybe we can get JP4 kick‐started. Hollywood is built on the projected flow of ticket and DVD sales. I would watch this movie; I would be standing in line opening weekend. I would buy the merchandise and buy the DVD! Would you? Steven, Amblin, Universal, if this film is created with the respect and due care it deserves we the fans will watch it. If the idea, script and photography are strong enough, non‐fans will love it! Take the risk. Dedicate it to Mr. Crichton. Sign the A‐list actors you need. Bring back Sam, Laura, David and Jeff. Get the cast, crew and fans excited again.

    To the fans: Please Please get behind this idea. Spread the word. I want every JP fan site and Blog to have the image and plot up. I want it featured on every movie blog. I want this idea to reach the people at the top, reach the people who make the decisions and sign the cheques. I can’t do it but WE the movie going public can.

    To the Studio Execs in Universal, Amblin and ILM: Listen to the fans. Take us seriously. We know the material and this is what we want. This movie could be BIG. This movie could make serious money!

    “Jurassic Park 4‐Dark Continent” Concept
    Original Idea and artwork ©Morgan O’Brien
    Based upon the ‘Jurassic Park Series’
    by Michael Crichton
    © Universal City Studios and
    Amblin Entertainment INC.

  5. As much as ppl want to see a Jp4, it'd be much more satisfying to see them go back and reboot the series.. not in the sense of different direction as in different setting/story, but different feel to the original movie.. with the new filming technology out, (think Avatar), why not blow our minds with a re-do of the original Jurassic Park with this new technology while staying true to Michael Crichton's original Novel. Put us, (the audience), fully into the experience that we are actually in “Jurassic Park”, and establish everything in the same depth as the novel describes, if not further. The original Jurassic Park film is truely one of a kind, and a personal favorite, but left so many things from the novel out, and can now be done like never before.

  6. Reboot reboot reboot! ENOUGH OF REBOOT! I'm so sick of it, destroying original masterpiece's all to make a buck!. I suppose you want to remake Gond With the Wind, Grapes of Wrath, Birth of a Nation? Were have the purists disappeared to? Where the the original storytellers gone? To me, I think that all these Generation X & Yers better think of their own original story's and stop destroying the one's that the Greatest Generation, the Baby Boomers have already thought off and MADE!!! Get a life, try your own!

  7. personally, i love the jurassic park trilogy, it came to me as a shock when i found out that they might equip the dinosaurs with weapons, i mean, i know where headed for the future and all, but dinosaurs are dinosaurs, not robots, lets hope they stay that way

  8. I think a 3D version is in need. Now that would really bring out crowds!

  9. I think a 3D version is in need. Now that would really bring out crowds!

  10. There are millions of years of material to work with here. They should cast Lady GaGa and Nicki Minaj!

  11. When is the new Jruassic park 4 coming out on cinama

  12. I personally love the ’80 and ’90. I heard rumors of a Ghostbusters 3 or a Gremlins 3. It’s about time to bring back the classics. I also really hope they make a new Jurassic Park.