‘Jurassic Park 4′ Temporarily on Hold – Should This Movie Happen? [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 8th, 2013 at 3:55 pm,

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There’s disagreement over whether or not Jurassic Park IV should be made, now that more than ten years have passed since the third installment, Jurassic Park III, turned a satisfying profit at the box office ($369 million worldwide on a $93 million budget); however, it also suggested this dino franchise should probably quit before it jumps the shark completely (cough, A Good Day to Die Hard, cough).

JP4 is being written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver - the couple that breathed fresh life into the Planet of the Apes series - and directed by promising filmmaker Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed); that’s made it easier to maintain a positive outlook towards the whole thing. Nonetheless, troubling new rumors, which concern behind the scenes developments on the fourth Jurassic Park movie installment, might change that.

UPDATE: Here is an official statement from Universal:

In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal’s beloved franchise.  We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise’s storied history.

This all started with alarming Tweets that were posted, then deleted, by members of the JP4 production team, which claimed that “JP4 On Hold” and “Hollywood creates and crushes dreams. Goodby JP4.” Jurassic Park 4 News looked into the matter, only to turn up potential evidence that proves the project is on hold, and has led to several layoffs already. Initially, script problems were said to have been the cause; indeed, they were described as being serious enough to put the project in danger of being indefinitely postponed (or maybe canceled altogether).

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However, there was reason to question that idea, seeing how Trevorrow released a location scouting image just last week. Sure enough, Jurassic Park 4 News was thereafter informed by “a reliable source” that JP4 has not been cancelled, but it has been put on a temporary hiatus, so as to allow Universal studio executives and the producers – while includes Frank Marshall (the Jason Bourne franchise) - to restructure the film a bit.

To quote the site’s report:

… Not to worry however, as we are told that Colin Trevorrow is still directing the film and adds that the film will deliver on an EPIC scale. It is this “EPIC” demand by the studio however, which has lead to the current situation…

Frankly, that term “EPIC” doesn’t mean much, with respect to a franchise that – say what you will about the story and human elements – has never failed to deliver incredible dinosaurs-centric set pieces and spectacle (unless we’re talking about a Dino-Riders movie, like our Rob Keyes keeps championing). Both the writers and director working on JP4 earned their good reputation by making sci-fi genre entertainment that feature strong character-oriented storytelling – is this a sign that studio heads are watering those elements down, in place of more dazzling, but empty, action and special effects?

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If these JP4 rumors are correct, then the situation may be comparable to that on The Amazing Spider-Man. There, Marc Webb – an indie movie director with no big-budget filmmaking experience (like Trevorrow) – was more focused on putting an imaginative spin on the superhero franchise, but ended up incorporating more spectacle for its own sake (at the behest of studio heads). Overall, the final result was a box office success, but the general critical and fan base reaction was good (but not great).

Could history repeat itself on Jurassic Park IV (in a good way, that is)? Yes, but there are some important differences between these two films. For one, Amazing Spider-Man had respectable source material and decades of quality comic book storytelling to draw from; by comparison, the Jurassic Park franchise has struggled to justify its existence – for reasons that don’t include making money – going back to author Michael Crichton’s book sequel, The Lost World.

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Moreover, the Jurassic Park sequels banked on a generation’s nostalgia for director Steven Spielberg’s original (and, by today’s standards, still pretty fantastic) roller coaster ride blockbuster experience. However, while many older fans were willing to forgive Amazing Spider-Man for being a retelling of the same story (for a younger generation), they might not be so kind if Jurassic Park IV, likewise, fails to deliver the goods it has promised.

That’s something to consider, seeing how Universal wants this film to resurrect the franchise – by giving moviegoers something they haven’t seen before – and generate enough goodwill to create a demand for Jurassic Park V (and maybe even beyond). The problem is, nowadays, it’s harder to coast by on the promise of shiny bells and whistles alone, in the current blockbuster landscape.


What are you feelings about Jurassic Park IV right now – yay or nay? Let us know in the comments section; meanwhile, we will continue to keep you posted on the situation as more information becomes available.

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  1. Jurassic Park 3D came and went and not too many noticed.
    I have to believe the studio is disappointed in the just
    over 40 mill take which caused some apprehension.

    • Pretty good for a 3d rerelease of a 2 decade old film.

      • And a budget of only 10 million. It made money.
        I do think the studio was looking for a lot more though
        and the box office performance has caused second thoughts.

        • If I may ask, were you present in the last meeting at Universal? How do you know there are second thoughts?

          • It’s called my impression, Sunshine.

    • I noticed. A lot of people noticed. $40 mill haul is fantastic for a twenty-year old movie not called Star Wars. I think the real problem boils down to the script.

      • People who follow films noticed but not the general public.
        40 million may sound like a lot but Cameron and Co.
        were disappointed with Titanic 3D’s 60 million.
        I think the studio expected more for this.

  2. If the movie is entertaining and people want it then it should be made. I wouldn’t mind seeing JP4. i don’t know how many people share that opinion. But I’m not one to be up in arms about sequels, remakes and reboots. If it’s going to be good and they are willing to stand by that testament then by all means show us what you got.

    • I agree with knock knock – I remember what a jaw-dropping experience Jurassic Park 1 was. Thought the sequels got a bit lame – a T. Rex mom nudging her baby towards the bad guy for instance, but the dinos rocked and the stories didn’t totally suck. So sure, I think there’s a ready market if they do a good job.

  3. F**k!

  4. I’m in as long as Sam Neill returns as Alan Grant :)

    • I vote for Alan AND Ellie.

  5. Its a sign, let it go, how bout something new/fresh & creative?

  6. I’ll only care about J

  7. People want a GOOD ”Jurassic park” sequel.

    The Lost World had some cheesy moment’s, it had the dark tone but dragged in a lot of places.

    Jurassic park 3 had unlikable characters, weaker CGI, Talking Raptors, and extremely cheesy moments worse then the 2nd film.

    If they can actually make a good solid Jurassic park sequel, Go for it.. Otherwise wait another few years and Remake the Original and The Lost World and start fresh.

  8. I’ll only care about JP4 if they are able to create something with the awe, wonder and dread of the first one. The two sequels were merely decent action films. It was hard to care about the characters or plot, and big, scary dinosaurs are not enough alone.

    There was no way that I was going to pay to see the original in 3D, even though I love that film. I wouldn’t read too much into the 3D box office performance; I think that there are lots of others like me who view those sorts of re-releases as a specifically off-putting trend.

    • Especially with “original” movies coming out like IM3, MOS etc that a lot of people would consider as more worthy of their money.

      I don’t recall seeing a single promotional ad in the UK for JP3D nor seeing it listed at the cinema or anybody talking about it at all outside of movie websites.

      • Thats because the original is not released in 3D in the UK until 23rd August 2013

  9. I think the specifics of this “hold” are too vague to make any real judgement. I’m still very much excited for a JP4! :)

  10. Jurassic park to me always seemed like a solo film with tacked on terrible sequals… some films should be left alone

  11. I would really love to see a remake of jurrasic park I can honestly say its one of my all time favourite films! But only if they can bring most of the origional cast back into the mix! A big yes to a reboot ill be 1st to watch it :)

  12. I dont see the point of making this movie. The premise has been stretched into 3 movies already, why do we need a fourth one.
    1. They arrive somewhere full of trees.
    2. They discover the dinosaurs.
    3. Things dont go according to the plan.
    4. The End.

  13. Really bummed it got pushed back but hopefully it results in a much better film.

  14. I think it’s more because they couldn’t make the 2014 release date

    • True, most of the movies schedules for summer 2014 have already started filming. 2015 might be a more reasonable release date, especially for a movie like Jurassic Park.

  15. The update statement of “at a later date” does not improve on the vagueness.
    Until a specific date is scheduled this project should be considered on hold.

    • At least it’s not canceled! It’s also nice to know the studio isn’t interested in rushing the movie through production. :)

      • Unfortunately, the language used is the same as for projects
        that are placed indefinitely on hold and effectively cancelled.

        • Don’t jinx it, Robert!

          • All right, boogoo :D Let’s spin this positive. They just need time to do it right.

            • That’s the spirit! :)

  16. Meh……I wouldn’t mind if it were canceled, or if it were made.

  17. I have to agree with others that the two sequels didn’t really do it for me since it seemed like the same kind of story again and again. How much more can you do with an island full of dinosaurs with outsiders coming in?

    For me to get excited about JP4, they need to think of a fresh new take on it to make, kind of like how the latest Terminator and Predator films weren’t just a rehash of the same kind of premise as the predecessors. I know those aren’t the best films, but at least they tried to take it in a different direction.

  18. I didn’t see the Spider-man reboot despite being a huge spider-man fan. Well, a huge fan of the comic book when i was younger anyway. But I will go see this.

  19. I don’t understand how this compares to the Amazing Spider-Man at all. ASM was a hit financially and critically. Despite fan boys saying they wouldn’t see the film, it was still very successful. Surely Universal would want to emulate this success with JP4.
    Linking Kofis review does not show “mixed” reception at all. He gave it a seven out of ten, which is just about on track with its aggregate on Rotten Tomatoes, where it currently has a 73% critic and 83% user score. The reception is positive on both counts.

    • It’s actually 81% user score. Need an edit button

    • “… the general critical and fan base reaction was mixed.”

      I linked to Kofi’s review so you could check out the range in opinions expressed there, including his review and the user comments. You’re right, though, “mixed” isn’t so much correct as “good, not great,” when you take into consideration the number of fans (and some critics) who liked the movie, despite feeling that it didn’t live up to its potential.

      That’s all to say: I’ll go ahead and change that bit. ;-)

      • Haha you don’t have to change it, Sandy. I just wanted to clarify that one bit. Review scores on RT aren’t everything

  20. JP 3D made the studio a mint no surprise they are rethinking JP4.

  21. milk that cash cow

  22. Bring back the dinosaurs with laserguns!!!! Yuuussss lol

    • Dino-Riders? :)

  23. Make the movie aquatic, in part. Give the Mega Shark movies something to chew on while also nodding at the other Spielberg movie, that one with the shark.

    • Agree, This is the only aspect that hasn’t been touched upon. There are many Ocean going Dinos that where much more fearsome than those on land. Additionally. it works well with the ending of JP3 where the gate was left open. It could include the whole Pacific Coast of South America.

      • With James Cameron hinting that the next Avatar film will take place primarily underwater, perhaps that will be the precursor to JP4 and a focus on water based dinosaurs?

  24. Universal needs a reason to keep around the Jurassic Park ride at their theme parks.

  25. JP4 plot twist—The Dinosaurs are spreading…Raptors have begun to lead the attack against the humans and only one man can stop them; Turok

    Coming Summer of 20never

  26. Just let it go. Any sequel to a sequel that has been in development for this long can’t be worth it. I feel if they make it finally, they will overshoot and attempt to make it so amazing, it might become an experience in overkill and destroy what was established so well in the first two films. The third one,… jury’s out on that.

  27. If they are planning on making it another “remote island adventure” I hope it doesn’t get made. Why is it so hard to grasp that the best way to up the ante is to bring the dinosaurs in contact with the general population? Whether it be a main land zoo scenario a la King Kong, or a natural migratory situation (as teased at the end of JP3) getting away from the island scenario is the best way to move the franchise forward.