‘Jurassic Park 4′ Lands ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ Writers

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After more than a decade of bizarre rumors and wild speculation concerning what Jurassic Park 4 could be about (dinosaurs with weapons were mentioned, at one point), a fourth installment in the lucrative sci-fi franchise does seem increasingly likely to happen now. While Steven Spielberg has made it clear that he won’t direct the new dino movie, he is already committed as a producer (along with Kathleen Kennedy).

Spielberg has spent some two years working with screenwriter Mark Protosevich (The Cell, Thor) on the story for a fourth Jurassic Park film. However, when last we heard from Kennedy, the actual scripting process had yet to get underway.

Deadline is reporting that Universal has recruited husband-wife writing duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to pen the screenplay for JP4. The pair stepped into the spotlight with last year’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and were originally expected to handle screenwriting duties on the followup (titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). Since the next Planet of the Apes movie is instead being written by Scott Z. Burns, that frees up Jaffa and Silver to begin work on a fourth Jurassic Park now.

All things considered, this news reads as a mixed blessing. Jaffa and Silver have already proven capable of helping to rejuvenate a cash cow that’s run dry; on the other side of that coin, their script for the Planet of the Apes requel (rebooting prequel) was the most-widely criticized aspect of the film (read our review, for more on that).

When we spoke to Jurassic Park III director Joe Johnston last year, he said JP4 will draw from “the history of the first trilogy, but it spins it off in a completely different direction.” Essentially, the film will attempt to re-invent the Jurassic Park franchise – much like the Apes requel pumped new life into the Planet of the Apes series – only, by moving forward, not backwards, in time. Hiring on Jaffa and Silver to pen JP4 makes sense then, given their most recent success.

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Sam Neil encounters unfriendly locals in 'Jurassic Park III'

The last two installments in the Jurassic Park series resulted in dwindling returns, on both the financial side and the general critical reception; that makes its easy to be leery about JP4. Moreover, as mentioned before, Jaffa and Silver’s previous sci-fi efforts (including, The Relic) have been criticized for featuring thinly-sketched human characters and serviceable, but under-whelming sci-fi elements – much like the past two JP movies, in particular.

Still, there are plenty of moviegoers out there interested in seeing the Jurassic Park series continue (this writer included). So, here’s to hoping the writers on JP4 – and whoever signs on to direct – can instill new life into the sputtering machine that is this “humans vs. dinosaurs” franchise.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on Jurassic Park 4 as the story develops.

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  1. I’m really nervous. I really love Jurassic Park. The third one I was only 11 when it came out and I was excited. As I got older, the third one was terrible compared to the previous two.

    • Yes I have to agree with you, and actually go one better by saying that if they are not prepared to make the next one what the previous three missed the chance to be, then don’t do it at all.

      This technology could only be groundbreaking once, and rather than make the definitive movie on the subject, and “risk” an R rating, they sold out for PG-13, kids, and more money. Now it can never really blow minds again.

      But even with that, it was really JP3 that turned me off of the franchise completely. The ignominious dismissal of the T-rex, former face of the franchise, another kid superhero, that satellite phone bit. The break away to Barney footage in the middle of a spino attack…the nod to Toho at the end with the entire U.S. military showing up at the beck and call of a character who wasn’t even vital enough anymore to warrant 15 minutes of screen time?

      Now that I think of it, unless Spielberg approaches this new movie with the same go for broke no holds barred mindset he brought for Saving Private Ryan, I think I’ll just skip it. No more camp, no more child Mick Dundees.

  2. I would like to see this happen. With all the prequels, sequals, requels, etc, this is one I’m going to look forward to.

  3. If Universal really wants this to be successful, they need to go out of their way to hire proven screenwriters. If spend the right money on this movie it will be success. If they half-ass it, they’ll get half-ass reviews and box office income.

  4. I don’t really see how they could move the concept into a completely different direction without completely ruining it. There is only so much one can do with cloned dinosaurs. When I see ideas like dinosaurs with weapons being thrown around I can’t help but think that this will tank big time. I believe to make it right you can only change the scope. Either go very big and loud (think Godzilla) or or very small and intimate (think Alien). But going off on a tangent with silly gimmicks won’t do the franchise any good.

    • Good comment. I totally agree!

    • Oh come on…….US Gov. discovers the ability to clone dinos and starts pumping out say weaponized velociraptors with lasers and missiles! It sounds…….yeah it sounds horrible.

  5. Hmmm. Don’t know what to think here. JP is in my top 5 of all-time favorite movies. Jurassic Park 2 was a disgrace with Dr Ian and his gymnast daughter, T-Rex running around San Diego.

    Jurassic Park 3 was the sequel JP 2 should’ve been. It wasn’t a great movie, but not a train-wreck, either. If you notice, when the networks replay JP, it’s either 1 or 3.

    As for 4, yes, I’d like to see history and to see them move forward, hopefully in a dense jungle with lots of Raptors and Pterodactyls, lots and lots of Pterodactyls, lol!

    • I totally agree with you!!

      • Disagree entirely. JP3 was the sequel that never should have been. There obviously was no motivation in making it other than financial gain.

        The plot was underdeveloped and bland. The acting was so stiff that even Sam Niel’s on-screen charm couldn’t save it. The running time was incredibly short at an hour and a half. And Joe Johnston’s directing wasn’t any better then any of his other movies.

        At least Jurassic Park 2 had Crichton’s book for a foundation. And Goldblum’s performance in the film was one of the better parts, not to mention that Ian Malcolm is one of the most interesting characters in the series.

    • In JP2 they combined the 2 kids and turned the mesh up into Ian’s kid. Sara’s hair is black, not red and is short. If you ever read the second book, then compared it to the movie, it would look stupid. and in book one there are Pterodactyls, in fact, they used a majority of the pterodactyl scene from book one for the JP3 movie. which stunk, literally and metaphorically. If they did the dino-gun thing in a way that had the raptor’s natural anatomy, plus a LOT more feathers, they just might pull that one off it get’s put in. But who knows, hold onto your JP books and movies, we are just gonna have to wait. all the youtube “trailers” should be taken into consideration in the scripts writing.

  6. I would love to see another JP, however, it needs to return to the roots. No Dinos running through the city, please. I happened to like alot of the third movie, mainly because it used alot of the scenes from the first book that was left out of the first movie. The Second Movie wasnt bad either but it goes completely off the rails once they leave the island and is usally when I stop the movie. What needs to be done is they need to write a third book and then adapt that. Lets face it if you cant write a book to continue the story then they shouldnt make a movie out of it. The Books still today are two of my favorite novels and thats saying alot considering how much I read.
    I think they should approach the story from a different stand point. The islands have flourished and become preserves for the Dinos, The Costa Rican Government along with other countries have set up Scientific observation points on the two islands. The Islands are supervised by Game wardens and Science officers sponsered by INGEN. The Islands have been operating well and without major incident for ten years and finally the scientific community has been recognized for their accomplishments and studies. The islands are being prepped for a vist from all the Heads of State that currently use the island for scientific study. All is well when an earthquake strikes off the coast of the islands causing a Tusnami, that knocks out all the security systems on the island and endangering the Statesman. The dinos are sent into a frenzy from the earthquake and the approaching storm as they try to get people off the island.

    • I like this idea. Could be worked into a very good and believable story.

    • Wow. I like this too. Nice one. Screenwriters take note!

  7. I think this would allow for them to show the natural eveolution of the island and what would most likly happen as well as send the franchise in a new direction by dealing with not the park idea but the Idea of now having two islands with Dinos on them and how would they be handled and dealt with.

  8. I would love to see the dinosaurs again but I have a problem with all of this. I dont think they will come up with a good enough story and be able to get back some or all of the original cast from the first 3 films, mainly the 1st one. If they cant then there is no point in doing a 4th film.

    They will most likely reboot the film, and even if they make it closer to the books it will not be the same as Jurassic Park is a classic but then again Hollywood has no problem doing over classics.

    • I don’t think any Spielberg film has ever been rebooted/remade- At least, not without Spielberg producing or directing. To do a reboot, like what’s taken place recently with the Hulk and Spiderman, would not be able to happen, IMHO. Spielberg is pretty protective of franchises that he launched.
      It’d be hard for me to go see an Indiana Jones movie that isnt directed by Speilberg, and I think it’d be the same for Jurassic Park. In fact, without Stan Winston (RIP), I don’t think the dinosaurs would look better than the 1993 film, they’d likely be all CGI (not the blend of CGI and Animatronic like the previous films) and that would not be the same.
      The only Spielberg production Im looking forward to seeing at this point is Robopocalypse.

  9. Another JP…y not

  10. why? just why….

  11. Something I think a lot of you are missing, is that these are the people that wrote what I think was a very good film. I went into Rise of the Planet of the Apes with probably the same dread that many of you have for “yet another Jurassic Parkness”, and what I got was something that not only made me think – but care. The ability to take the concept of apes “rising” was preposterous before even the first Planet of the Apes film came out. In an age when each and every movie can and often turns into drek, in particular when it’s based on a previous franchise, I’m going to give these two writers the benefit of the doubt. If we’re going to have a revisit to the land of dinosaurs, then let’s have one that’s not only memorable, but GOOD.

    • meh. still not exactly excited about it.

    • I saw those two writers speak and I think they’re pretty cool people- They do seem to have a good grasp of Sci Fi and did do, I think, a great job of rebooting that particular franchise from the past in a new direction. As writers, they went through a heck of a lot at the hands of the studio while writing the script for “Apes”…I think they said the studio fired and rehired them like 5 times…but the end result was one of the most critically acclaimed sci fi summer films of the past 5 years…I think those 2 writers will likely make a great script, but I just don’t see that much interest from the public in continuing Jurrasic Park…the 1993 film was great, a classic…but at this point, I just dont know if this movie will still get made.

  12. Awesome news. hope to see something a bit different this time around and maybe feature Ingen as a major threat, and have some cool new Dinos like Plesiosaurs, flying dinos, and maybe show some more Dilophosaur.It might be a cool idea to show some geneticly altered dinos and other creations.anyways looking forward to this.

  13. I don’t know. The first JP was the best. 2 was god-awful, and I never saw 3, cuz by that point, I’d had enough. What else can they possibly do? Will any of the original actors return for it?
    BTW, I blame Michael Crichton for JP 2. Ian Malcolm died in the first book, yet the book for JP 2 was written solely for the movie! What a sellout!

  14. they could have astronaut/scientists exloring another planet and discovers dinosours in the 22nd century, and their discovery could lead to answers to our beginning and that could be our end.

    The film should be called Prometheus Park, and the sequel can be called Prometheus Parks

  15. I actually like all three Jurassic Park movies just fine (although I agree the first movie was the best by a landslide). I think it’s way past time to have a fourth movie… my father (HUGE fan) has been eagerly wanting a new movie for quite a while now… and I think moviegoers are ready to see dinosaurs in the theater again. Can’t wait.

    • As much as I hate the 3D gimmick, I think it would be pretty cool to see the dinos coming out of the screen at me. In Imax 3D, even…

  16. I was the chubby lady hiding in the bushes…

  17. I’d love them to take this story back to the original site. And I think the saving grace of JP3 was the introduction of new dinosaur villains. Spinosaurus provided us something new, as much as the T-rex and Raptors have been great they do feel played out at this stage, so maybe intoducing us to some new dinosaur species would be give the franchise a bit of a boost too.

  18. I actually hope they go the prequel route because there IS a pre-existing back story to the franchise that is more than awesome. I can’t stand how “prequel” is the new buzzword in Hollywood but this totally makes too much sense. It would be great to show a young John Hammond, flea circus and all stumbling on his dino idea in a beginning flashback to getting the full-fledged operation up and running. Building the park would be an adventure they could spin I’m sure and although it would be more of a drama, consider how action-filled it could be with Site B involved initially and letting the dinos roam free. I’m sure they would be some human casualties in the process and opportunities to see the dinos in their natural states. Then Hammond could start building Jurassic Park which could lead up to the initial movie.

    Of course a lot of this would play off technology and be more a creation story, but it would be a way more solid flick then 2 or 3 and also offer up a more human element, like what did the workers think about all this while it was going on around them? I’m sure some would have been in pure wonder while others might feel inhumane herding the animals like meat or trophies of nature. The moral questions of creation alone would make a compelling movie. However, as a popcorn eater, I wanna see some dinos get blown away for a change by a freakin’ gun, something that no matter HOW MUCH firepower was possessed, none of the movies gave us a mere glimpse of. T-Rex’s running after you, shoot at the sky fool! Ridiculous. I want to see what a REAL human would do in that situation with a gun in his hand. It would be awesome if a worker got stuck inside the habitat of Site B or something and had to fight his way out and survive for a day without help and only his guts and weapons.

    Anyways, huge rant, screen rant, just an idea here…..

    • Good idea. Maybe they can combine “Jurassic Park 4″ with “Die Hard 6″.

      • Great job troll. Great idea.

  19. just give me some creepy raptors and a bad ass t-rex and ill be happy

  20. Even though the first movie was absolutely groundbreaking and utterly amazing, it did stay from the original material. JP2 did even more so. JP3 is a disgrace storywise, but graphics wise, it wasn’t half bad. The T-rex vs the Spinosaurus was just atrocious though.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing a JP4, I just want to see something as intelligent and fresh as the Jurassic Park when it first came onto the big screen. Maybe dip into the political story where the govt of CostaRica wants to nuke/napalm the place (as they did in the books) where as have the world is debating the safety of human lives vs dino lives.

    Or maybe dip into the hunter’s story, where big game hunters go to the islands illegally to hunt the beasts, but run into trouble.

    If they can do it smart and do it great, then I don’t mind a new JP

  21. I’ve always thought that since land dwelling dinosaurs were covered well in the first two films, and the pterodactyls of the air featured in the third film, that the fourth film should involve Jurassic era sea creatures. I know there were some silly sea creatures in one of the newer Star Wars films (which I saw once in theatres, and never again), but the JP sea creatures should be terrifying. As for the controversy over the JP films, I actually must admit to liking the third installment. I thought the “bird cage” was a great concept, and the sequence was quite eerie. I think that JP2 was an attempt to parody Japanese Godzilla-type movies (complete with panicking Asians in the streets of L.A.), and though I find the film enjoyable, it’s mainly due to Jeff Goldblum, who is an awesome actor. The first JP feels a bit dated now, but it was very well scripted and directed.

  22. the first 2 Jurassic park movies were great. i pity anyone who didn’t find 2 at least fun to watch. i mean yeah the kicking the raptor scene was ridiculous but the rest of the movie made up for that. and to anyone defending JP 3….shame on you….the movie was AWFUL in every sense of the word. the fx and acting were total garbage and remember the scene were the little boy who somehow survived on the island for weeks has a jar of T-rex urine and grant asks him how he got that and the kid responds “you DON’T want to know…”(har har har) actually yes…i would like to know how you managed to sneak up on the animal with the second best sense of smell known in the fossil record and collected it’s pee…that made me angry just remembering that…such a garbage movie.

  23. I think “..re-invent the Jurassic Park franchise … by moving forward, not backwards, in time” = Dinosaur Apocalypse. They will move things forward 40-50 years. The Dino’s have been reproducing like rabbits and have taken over most of the civilized world. Think “Walking Dead” with Dino’s instead of zombie’s or Terminator: The War Against the Machines movie that should have been with Dino’s instead of Terminators. A small group of survivors continue to fight for the survival of the human race in a Dinosaur infested world, blahhh, blahh, blahh (Or perhaps a Dad and his son and a shopping cart with all their possessions)….

    I’m not saying this will be any good, but that’s my guess for the direction JP4 will take.

  24. I don’t get all the hate for jp2. Sure it lacked a lot of the more thought-provoking existential questions of the first, but if the Lost World Jurassic Park is a dumbed down sequel then Jurassic Park 3 was comatose. Jeff Goldblum was awesome as usual, and there was an ensemble of interesting secondary characters. Not to mention awesome set pieces like the one at the cliff side and the raptors in the long grass, and call me crazy, but I AM ALL ABOUT T-REX ON THE LOOSE IN SAN DIEGO.
    JP3 felt like a pg tv movie. I’m surprised there weren’t trailers for the latest “Air Bud” movie and “Beethoven Gets Fixed” preceding it. There were a couple great moments (Spinosaurus snatches a guy off the runway… That’s about it) but in the end it suffered when it tried to differentiate too much from the original. More realistic raptors? Those look really stupid. Swing the spotlight away from T-Rex? What are you even thinking. You should prolly introduce a dumb kid and have Tea Leoni bicker with William H Macy the whole time too. Not to mention that WEAK resolution at the end, what’s it called in theatre when the gods intervene at the last second and save the day? Oh yeah, horseshit.
    My main qualm, though, is with the introduction of the Spinosaurus. The Tyrannosaur, for me, is the main draw of the whole franchise. He’s the hero! And he’s by far the coolest dinosaur there. They should’ve had one come in at the end and tear Spinosaurus up, like it was cornering them at the beach or something and the Rex is like “I got this, you guys head out.”
    Sorry for the rant. Jurassic Park might be my favorite movie and I feel strongly about it. I was very disappointed by the third movie, but I liked that stuff with the eggs and the raptors and whatever, they just looked dumb and I missed t-rex.

  25. I actually hope they go the prequel route because there IS a pre-existing back story to the franchise that is more than awesome. I can’t stand how “prequel” is the new buzzword in Hollywood but this totally makes too much sense. It would be great to show a young John Hammond, flea circus and all stumbling on his dino idea in a beginning flashback to getting the full-fledged operation up and running. Building the park would be an adventure they could spin I’m sure and although it would be more of a drama, consider how action-filled it could be with Site B involved initially and letting the dinos roam free. I’m sure they would be some human casualties in the process and opportunities to see the dinos in their natural states. Then Hammond could start building Jurassic Park which could lead up to the initial movie.

    Of course a lot of this would play off technology and be more a creation story, but it would be a way more solid flick then 2 or 3 and also offer up a more human element, like what did the workers think about all this while it was going on around them? I’m sure some would have been in pure wonder while others might feel inhumane herding the animals like meat or trophies of nature. The moral questions of creation alone would make a compelling movie. However, as a popcorn eater, I wanna see some dinos get blown away for a change by a freakin’ gun, something that no matter HOW MUCH firepower was possessed, none of the movies gave us a mere glimpse of. T-Rex’s running after you, shoot at the sky fool! Ridiculous. I want to see what a REAL human would do in that situation with a gun in his hand. It would be awesome if a worker got stuck inside the habitat of Site B or something and had to fight his way out and survive for a day without help and only his guts and weapons.

    Anyways, huge rant, screen rant, just an idea here…..

  26. They should involve Lewis Dodgson and Biosyn, he appeared in JP1 but never again. Possible antagonists for the fourth movie? Any thoughts?

  27. They should involve Lewis Dodgson and Biosyn, he appeared in JP1 but never again. Possible antagonists for the fourth movie?

  28. Whatever they do, keep the idiot that directed Jurassic Park 3 out of the picture. I was so bummed by the third one I literally threw it out my window. And no dinosaurs with weapons please! The last thing I need is skynet engineering dinosaurs to kill john conner’s son. :)

  29. if you’ve played the new jp game for consoles, it will explain some of the backstory of the island and biosyn

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