We've been hearing Jurassic Park 4 speculation for nearly a decade. Now, finally, we have confirmation of a new entry in the Jurassic Park franchise - a five issue comic book miniseries entitled Jurassic Park: Redemption.
Redemption takes place 13 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park storyline and features Tim and Lex Murphy - John Hammond's grandchildren - now grown up, as they attempt to prevent the opening of a new Jurassic Park.
"It’s been 13 years since little Tim and Lex Murphy escaped from the island of Isla Nublar, and recent public opinion has reversed,with the world clamoring for authorities to re-open Jurassic Park! While Tim and Lex try to preserve the Hammond family name, a secret deal is hatched to open a new park! This time they’ll get it right… right?"
The first issue of Jurassic Park: Redemption is slated for release this June and features special cover art by Frank Miller (300, Sin City). The story will be handled by Bob Schreck (Batman), with interior artwork by Nate Van Dyke.
With prospects of a Jurassic Park 4 movie becoming increasingly unlikely, a lot of fans will certainly take what they can get. Though, at first glance, the story seems awfully familiar - maybe because it features major elements of the The Lost World plot - namely Hammond's family (the moral compass) facing off against greedy corporate interests that have no respect for the power of nature.
Jurassic Park: Redemption #1 cover art by Frank Miller
While many were skeptical of the "different direction" director Joe Johnston recently mentioned Jurassic 4 might take, rehashing old story ideas in the form of a new comic book miniseries feels a bit like the proverbial nail in the coffin for the series, at least for now. Of course there's always the inevitable re-release of Jurassic Park in 3D...
What do you think of Jurassic Park: Redemption's story? Do you think we'll see a Jurassic Park 4 any time soon?