‘Jurassic Park 4′ Loses Producer Kathleen Kennedy to ‘Star Wars’ Sequels

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 19th, 2013 at 9:22 am,

Jurassic Park 4 Kathleen Kennedy Departure ‘Jurassic Park 4 Loses Producer Kathleen Kennedy to Star Wars Sequels

Twelve years since the last installment in its franchise, Jurassic Park 4 has taken a famously torturous route on its way to the big screen. After a decade of near-misses and bizarre script rumors, recent updates on the Jurassic Park sequel have indicated that the film is moving forward with a 2014 release date.

However, all may not be as solid with the production as previously assumed. In an almost offhand tweet yesterday, it was confirmed that Kathleen Kennedy has officially departed the production of Jurassic Park 4.

Producer and longtime Kennedy collaborator Frank Marshall (The Bourne Legacy) has tweeted that she has dropped out of producing Jurassic Park 4. The information – in response to a question from Jurassic Park IV.org owner Jack De La Mare - doesn’t come as much of a surprise, as Kennedy recently took on a rather large job as the new head of Lucasfilm after its acquisition by Disney. Marshall indicates that Kennedy left Jurassic Park 4 in order to focus fully on the production of the Star Wars sequels, the first of which is due to hit cinemas in 2015.

Kathleen Kennedy has helped shepherd dozens of modern movie classics as producer and executive producer. From E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial to Lincoln, Kennedy has had a close working relationship with Stephen Spielberg. She had a hand in bringing all of the Jurassic Park movies to fruition and was apparently one of the key figures in pushing Jurassic Park 4 back on the path to production.

Jurassic Park 4 Frank Marshall ‘Jurassic Park 4 Loses Producer Kathleen Kennedy to Star Wars Sequels

Producer Frank Marshall remains onboard with ‘Jurassic Park 4.’

Combining Kennedy’s departure with the fact that no director has yet to be attached to the project, it appears more and more unlikely that Jurassic Park 4 will meet its projected June 2014 release date. This is further exacerbated by the complete lack of information about the film’s screenplay, which is being written by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scripters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. Should audiences be steeling themselves for yet another story of Jurassic Park 4 stalling out before production even begins?

All this said, the movie is far from rudderless – Marshall remains onboard to produce and Spielberg himself is still locked in as executive producer. Marshall is far from inexperienced, having guided even more films to completion than Kennedy. Additionally, Jurassic Park 3 and Captain America: The First Avenger director Joe Johnston could still be up directing Jurassic Park 4. With any hope, Kathleen Kennedy’s departure from the film will only end up being a minor inconvenience for Jurassic Park 4, giving us a stronger Star Wars: Episode VII in the bargain.

Jurassic Park 4 is currently set to be released on June 13th, 2014.


Source: Jack De La MareFrank Marshall [via Deadline]

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  1. After an entire decade of not giving us a solid decent sequel an they still can’t get this film off the ground?

    It wont make it’s June 2014 release, It doesn’t even have a director, cast or FX team behind it yet.

    Godzilla which comes out only 1 month prior already has all this, Jurassic park 4 until it gets a director is still stuck in development hell.

    I can’t believe the lack of effort being put into such a huge franchise. The Lost World was a let down or pretty much Spielberg on auto-pilot an Jurassic park 3 was terrible.

    If it continues to be pushed back just Remake Jurassic park an The Lost World closer to the Novels. Obviously there isn’t much faith in this sequel to not get it off the ground already.

  2. I think this will end up like JP 3. Rushed, sloppy, and poorly edited.

    This time we can blame Disney for sucking up all the resources to Star Hack VII

  3. yeah this thing is never being made.. its a shame too, I’d love to see another jurassic with the same awesomeness of the original. 2 or 3 didn’t do it for me…

  4. Why would they want to make a JP4 anyway? Is it really that complicated for hollywood to create new ideas? If you want to see dinosaurs on the big screen, then make a Ka-Zar or Turok movie.

    • I’d rather have ”Dino Rider’s” turned into a movie.

      • Never heard of it dude. O___o

        • cave men on dino’s

    • I want dinosaurs on the big screen, and i want JP4, there always will be original movies and unoriginal, i love the first one, i want a good and fun, sequel, so sue me.

  5. They could always rework the old TV show ‘It’s about Time’ send a larger crew back to the time of the dinosaurs and make it more serious. Chrononauts desperately trying to fix their time ship to get back to their time…

  6. I’m convinced God himself doesn’t want to see ‘Jurassic Park 4′ happen lol

  7. I’m not convinced there is any point in making JP4 aside from a cynical cash in. I really liked the first two films but the third film really showed us that the ideas were running out.

    There are only so many times you can do the same plot line of ‘scientist-protects-child-as-they-try-to-escape-island-of-dinosaurs’ before it gets predictable and boring, but its hard to see what else you can really do with the franchise than that (that plot is the essence of what all three JP films are, and you cant stray too far or it just wouldn’t be JP).

    That said, I’m happy to be proved wrong. There’s a chance they could always show us something genuinely original and interesting and I’ll try and stay optimistic.

  8. Take Heed

    If a Studio Head like Kathleen Kennedy abandons one franchise for another. be forewarned. Star Wars is going to step on a lot of films.

    With the Purchase of LucasFilm, they also got ILM and with that the premier special effects company in the business, and do you think they are going to allow ILM to do movies that were ahead of Star Wars.

    Not from a fan perspective, but from a Business Perspective, Disney has always found a way to suppress other films.