Universal’s decision to put Jurassic Park IV on indefinite hold a month ago came as a blessing for some fans, who would prefer it if Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur blockbuster franchise were to (…wait for it…) remain on the extinct species’ list. Others, however, were beginning to raise their expectations and dare to hope that a return trip to Isla Nublar could prove to be almost as memorable as the first one (twenty years ago now).
JP4 director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) has begun to scout locations for the film earlier this year, and (for a while) it seemed that he could manage to start production on time to make the original June 2014 release date. There had been early signs of trouble – such as the lack of casting announcements – so, it wasn’t a complete surprise when the story leaked that Universal had decided to postpone the film – even before the studio released an official statement that confirmed its decision.
Den of Geek is reporting that the fourth Jurassic Park installment (and the first shot in 3D) is now slated to reach theaters in 2015, most likely during the summer box office season. Their source is described as being “solid,” and this seems like a reasonable guess on its own. After all, the movie already has a completed script written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), along with a director onboard and seasoned producers like Spielberg and Frank Marshall. The latter is taking the place of his wife, Kathleen Kennedy, while she works on Star Wars: Episode VII.
Speaking of Episode VII, that’s just one of a few mega-blockbuster sequels that is scheduled to arrive in Summer 2015; there, it joins the likes of The Avengers 2 and Pirates of the Caribbean 5, with even more likely to be announced over the forthcoming year. Universal doesn’t have a major live-action tentpole slated to open between May and August 2015 yet, so it’s feasible that Jurassic Park IV could serve as the studio’s “heavyweight contender” during that season.
Fourteen years will have passed since the third installment, Jurassic Park III, released in theaters, by the time JP4 sees the light of day (assuming this rumor is correct). Maybe everyone will be more enthusiastic about getting to see a total revamping of the series – featuring dinosaurs running amok in 3D – once some 10-15 years have passed, since the last time we had a Jurassic Park film playing in theaters. (Hey, it worked for Planet of the Apes after a decade…)
We’ll keep you posted on the release date for Jurassic Park IV as the story develops.
Source: Den of Geek