Last we heard, the long-rumored Jurassic Park 4 was set for a summer 2014 release. That announcement punctuated over a decade of rumors and discussion about the film and lent a sense of validation for fans holding out for a revival of the once-blockbuster franchise.
Thus far, no director or cast members (new or returning) have been confirmed. Even the central concept for the film remains a mystery. However, some new information has just sprung up that may indicate that answers are on the way.
NOLA.com – the online version of New Orleans' daily newspaper The Times Picayune – claims that the film may be preparing to shoot in Louisiana this spring. Rumors had already been swirling that Jurassic Park 4 might film in the state, and now Patrick Mulhearn, director of studio operations at Raleigh Studios in Baton Rouge, has confirmed that Universal reserved stage space from April to November this year.
Such high profile films as Battleship and the upcoming Tom Cruise sci-fi film Oblivion have been shot at Raleigh, but Mulhearn was not able to confirm which production might take place during the reserved time.
Here's what he had to say:
"We are glad [NBC/Universal is] considering bringing more production work to Baton Rouge in the near future, whatever that may be. But nothing is confirmed at this point, and I guess you never really know until the office opens and they start building sets."
Moreover, the site reports that Universal has filed with the Louisiana Secretary of State to change the name of Cirque Investments LLC – under which the studio shot films such as Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant – to Ebb Tide Films.
Of course, this isn't the most concrete evidence of the mysterious production's connection to the franchise, but it is telling that Jurassic Park composer John Williams (along with the Boston Pops Orchestra) once recorded a song titled "Ebb Tide." Sure, this could very well be a coincidence - but is it? After all, it wouldn't be the first time a high profile film has used a fake title to hide its production. As one example, Return of the Jedi famously used the fake working title Blue Harvest while filming.
On the other hand, Louisiana Entertainment head Chris Stelly has yet to receive official notice about Jurassic Park 4 filming in the state. So, at this point, consider this strictly a rumor, albeit a plausible one.
Stay tuned to Screen Rant for all the latest details on Jurassic Park 4. In the meantime, the original Jurassic Park hits theaters in 3D on April 5th, 2013.
Jurassic Park 4 is expected to stomp its way into theaters on June 13th, 2014.