Jurassic Park 4: Joe Johnston Confident, Sam Neill Not

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Jurassic Park 4 Update Jurassic Park 4: Joe Johnston Confident, Sam Neill Not

Believe it or not, we’re fast approaching the 10-year anniversary since the last Jurassic Park movie hit theaters, making it 18 years since the original Jurassic Park brought dinosaurs to life and blew our minds away. The first sequel, The Lost World, saw weaker reviews and performance at the box office than its predecessor, with Jurassic Park III dropping even more, but that hasn’t stopped the interest in developing a fourth franchise installment.

Director Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park III) showed enthusiasm and confidence in Jurassic Park 4 throughout the last two years, indicating that he’d be working on the next Dino adventure once finishing duties on Captain America: The First Avenger. Franchise star Sam Neill however, has less faith in another sequel becoming a reality.

Neill was attached to return for Jurassic Park 4 way back in 2002, but many things changed since then and the project never took off outside of treatments to the screenplay. Special effects guru on the franchise, Stan Winston, passed away, as did author Michael Crichton a few years later, putting a serious dent in development, to the point where producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy believed the project was done for:

“No… I don’t know. You know, when Crichton passed away, I sorta felt maybe that’s it. Maybe that’s a sign that we don’t mess with it.”

While Joe Johnston has kept up the hope through his words on the film, Sam Neill shares the same sentiment as Marshall and Kennedy, revealing in a red carpet interview last week for his show Alcatraz that he thinks it’s done as well.

“I think we’ve told the story. I think it’s done… Stan Winston who made those beautiful dinosaurs died. So, no Stan, no ‘Jurassic Park’ really … [and author Michael] Crichton died too.”

Johnston is seemingly determined to take the franchise in an entirely new direction, one that would see the story move away from the island and help kickstart a second trilogy of films. In the fall of 2009, he spoke about the story the writers had been working on, hinting a a long-term future for the franchise.

“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.”

Despite Jurassic Park III failing to deliver on the same level of the first film, it was still profitable and Universal Pictures planned to develop Jurassic Park 4 with Steven Spielberg producing. After years of script rewrites, director changes and delays, there’s still no official greenlight but that can change once Joe Johnston finishes with Captain America as he has nothing else officially on his directorial plate. That being said, Spielberg’s exec producing Terra Nova which coincidentally, is a dinosaur-based television series.

Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum both expressed interested and/or were asked to return many years ago but creating a story that will bring them all back will be a challenge.

For now, here are some fan-made JP4 posters:

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  1. I like that one of the fan posters lists Samuel L. Jackson as an actor. Pretty sure he died in the first one. We’ll see where this whole thing goes though.

    • If you can clone a t-rex you can clone samuel L jackson

      • You can clone many things but not pure awesomness.

        • Exactly! Pure awesomness cannot be cloned. I’m tired of these M****r F*****g dionsaurs on this M****r F*****g island!

    • All they showed of him was his ripped arm. I’m sure he can live without one arm :)

  2. . . . I honestly want a 4th JP.

  3. Well, whatever Sam Neill says is gospel, for he is a LEGEND!

  4. Their’s only a couple of stories I could think left to tell. Containment which would probably come out of an escape from the islands story. Some government military goes in to collect whatever is left of value before torching the islands being another option. Most anything else seems like a repeat. You could vary the themes but you would essentially be making movie #2 or #3. Last time this came up wasn’t the escape option the fav? I think they should collaborate with the Japanese and morph the story into the origin of monster island, which kind of rolls with idea number 1. After an escape and catastrophe the islands are made more escape proof. At the end they bring a captured Godzilla to the island… :)

    • Well there is always the deal with what got the guys in the boat house of the boat that crashed into the docks in the 2nd movie. The rex was in the boat bottom and his head is so big how did it fit through the door and get the guy at the ships wheel? I always thought it would have been neat if a few raptors was on the ship and escaped after it crashed and could cause havoc.

  5. its dead obvious they’ll go with bs CG creatures b/c they’re to stupid to go with practical effects e.i mechanical robots like 1+2, 3 had somewhat decent effects but on the whole sucked b/c of t-rex’s competitor and the annoying acting (besides neil).

    and i highly doubt this clown wants to make a new series b/c he likes the franchise etc, hollywood only reboots/remakes movies that have made a ton of money, this wont work b/c most the people who saw the original 3 are old and know hollywood’s bs scheme.

  6. I think it’s well past time to expect a sane story, why not go all-out into fantasyland and bring two wonderful creature-tales together?


    Ohhhh yes.

    • Not that either of these has a chance in Hell of ever seeing the light of day, but just in terms of “logical’ premise, shouldn’t it be “JPVP: Jurassic Park versus Predator”? After all, the Predators are game hunters, so they would have a reason to wind up on the island, not having seen dinosaurs on this planet since many millions of years ago…

    • “Whoever wins… is awesome!”

      That’s amazing!

  7. All I know is that I would be on board with any JP movie that would come out. I saw the first one when I was 6 in the theater with my parents and as soon as it was on VHS I watched it 5 times a day for weeks after

  8. I would love to see another jp get made. But maybe have it be a in-between sequel that has that company that was competing with ngen from the first movie set off to find the canister with the embryos right after the cast from the first movie leaves the island. Or something like that.

    • I love this idea and was thinking the same thing! It totally bothered me that they introduced this competing company that was trying to steal dinosaur DNA to create their own park or do something else, but they didn’t go anywhere with it. ??? It’d be cool to tie up that loose end in a movie or set of movies. They could maybe introduce the other company in one, dealing with the missing DNA and ending with a successful prototype (maybe domesticated?), then have another one where they introduce the creature(s) to civilization, but get the “oh f*ck” moments right, rather than reproducing “The Lost World.” I don’t know, just an idea. The other thing is that you wouldn’t need the same cast if they don’t want to take part in it.

      I personally like #1 and #3 in the franchise. I hated “The Lost World”–Way too family friendly and cheesy–no real sense of danger in my mind as a young kid at the time it came out. I kept thinking that if the dinos got off the island and ended up in civilization, there would be more violent encounters, scary suspense moments, or something–sort of the feeling that #1 had.

      • The competing company was in Michael Crichton original Jurassic park novel,(which was very faithful to the first movie) the second and third movie took alot of liberties with the second and third book.

  9. If only Spielberg was behind the camera! This new project for me would have felt safer.

    • I agree. Johnson just doesn’t have it.

  10. All kind of Yes

  11. Why not base it in the future where the dino’s have taken over the continents and there are only a few human survivors left.

    • I like this idea…

      • Because how would they explain dinosaurs taking over when humans have the destructive means to obliterate the whole island with one bomb.

    • So, Terra Nova?

  12. In my opinion Jurassic park should be reboot. The reason I said this because it is the same idea that show in the movie. I think that jurrasic park should be more darker atmosphere, which people nowdays like it example combining technicaly from christopher nolan and J.J abrams. If they create jurassic park more realistic world and real life which it is not from celebrity hollywood or creation from movie. I think it will attracts people more, the real things is how to create such a world is depends from imagination director itself. :)

  13. I totally would love to see the dinos on the big screen again. I love all 3 films. I think the whole going back to the island thing is played out a bit, but as long as the dinos are awesome and the story is passable it should be a fun movie!

  14. I enjoyed the first two films, but the 3rd film was so absolutely pointless – it was clear that by then there was nowhere left to take this series, so a 4th one could only be even more pointless. I think they should leave Jurassic Park alone.

  15. They tried to repaint the Mona Lisa…TWICE!

    No more JP. It’s done.

  16. Screw a normal story! We want talking raptors with guns dammit!!!

  17. Screw a normal story! We want talking raptors with guns dammit!!!

  18. Love your work, Johnston, but it’s just silly now. I could not care less about rebooting/revitalizing the JP franchise. PLEASE just create something new and fresh, but as things go, I know I will be disappointed.

  19. The only way I could MAYBE see this happening is for some reclusive (and/or arrogant) multi-billionaire to buy the island(s) and open up the world’s deadliest, most exclusive hunting grounds…I can see the tagline: “Face the challenge. Hunt the only creatures on Earth better armed than you.” It’s not a TRUE statement, of course, but it’s all about the advertising :)

    The only real problem with this particular storyline would be…who’s really going to care if a bastard hunter is torn in half and eaten??? ;)

    • Good point, we’d actually be rooting for the dinosaurs. Oh, wait… I was doing that with JP.

  20. Outside of the whole Dino meets city, I think Jurassic Park was a fantastic and fun franchise. Without turning into Godzilla, I don’t see how they can continue.

  21. I liked all 3 JPs. They could do a few different storylines with a new installment. I could see them going with a Prison theme, 2 brothers get charged with murder or something of greater magnitude, for their punishment the government sends them to the Newest Maximum Security Prison (Jurassic Park) Jurassic Park Correctional Facility No Guards, No Warden, just Dinosaurs.. GOOD LUCK..

  22. I absolutely love the first JP. It was one of the first movies I have a recollection of seeing and it blew me away. I still watch it today.

    Still, there’s no reason to make a fourth one. And about rebooting the series… to quote the great Will Smith, “Awwwwww hell naw!”

    That’s the problem with these high concept blockbusters. They’re very entertaining, but there isn’t much you can do with them after the first film. There’s only so many ways you can go with the “shark attacks beach” or “people run away from dinosaurs” premise.

  23. I just want the original on BD.

    • I concur

  24. Here’s your story… a rougue scientist splices the dino DNA with human DNA to create human/dino super soldiers in an attempt to take over the world!
    Starring Ed Harris as the scientist , Vin Diesel as the hero and Scarlett Johansen as the love interest. bring Jeff Goldblum back, and in the scenes final act have him sacrafice himself to save the world!

    AND THERE YOU GO ……. your welcome HOLLYWOOD I just giftwrapped a blockbuster for you!

  25. I figured the idea of the 4th film all hype dead in the water long ago, surprised theres talk about it still. Jurassic Park is one of the few trilogys i enjoyed each film, even the 3rd film to a lesser extent. The first film will always be my favorite of-course cause ive watched it more than the other probly till this day. I still rewind the ending of that film, loved that ending w/ the T-Rex & 2 Raptors. Im not sure about a 4th film, it would depend on the script, a really great script that would be great as the original film was, atleast close to it as possible. But no reboot of the franchise, id rather leave the franchise be.

    • And while offing himself Jeff yells, “Must go faster, must go faster!”

  26. I loved all 3, anything to do with dinosaurs I’m all for it

  27. Please make this happen!!!

  28. this jp thing is over i think, as well as a creature from the black lagoon remake ive been waiting over ten years for creature, and along time for jp so im begining to think its a done deal with those. i say a creature from the black lagoon would be pretty awesome if done with a great solid story and they made it creeepy, but jp needs to just die away if they do not hurry, maybe just do a dino crisis.

  29. I also enjoyed all three Jurassic Park movies. The first movie is the one that took our virginity though – seeing these huge dinos on the screen for the first time was a “holy s#!t” experience. So with that in mind the second and third movie didn’t really have a chance to bring in as much money, but I still enjoy a good Jurassic Park movie and I think anybody would.

    I think they need to re-start this franchise though and do a new trilogy with a younger generation.

    Stan Winston’s death, as much as it saddens me, doesn’t mean the end of these special effects, as talented as he was. He still had to have proteges working with him who had to know how to bring the same things alive — and as we’ve seen in many recent movies, the quality of special effects are still on the rise.