'Jurassic Park IV' is happening for real
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Remember a few months back, when we were all laughing-and-then-crying about the concept art that had surfaced from a long-since-aborted Jurassic Park sequel featuring dino-human hybrids bred by merciless soldiers of fortune (or something)?
"Hey guys! Remember me??"
Well, we must have been tapped into the dino-wavelength, because not only is a fourth Jurassic Park movie off the ground once more, Universal Pictures has even given the project a release date.
So say the folks at Movieline: "Jurassic Park 4 will be shot in 3-D; Steven Spielberg is producing, although a director has yet to be named. The script is by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who wrote Rise of the Planet of the Apes and the forthcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and therefore know a thing or two about making human vs. nature conflict entertaining."
There's no word yet on who will be directing - it's unlikely to be Spielberg, unless he does a last minute turnaround like his Tintin collaborator Peter Jackson did with The Hobbit - and so far names like JJ Abrams and Neill Blomkamp have been thrown around by both commentators and fans.
Abrams prefers to convert to 3D in post, however, due to issues that stereoscopic cameras create with depth of field, so unless Universal make him an offer he can't refuse, don't hold your breath for any dino lens flares.
The trend with other franchises (both established and aspiring) lately seems to have been to bring in stylish foreign market directors, like Snow White & The Huntsman's former UK ad man Rupert Sanders (hey, he's been ditched from the sequel, he's available) and Sergey Bodrov (who impressed enough with Mongol to pick up Warners' hopeful hit and potential Harry Potter replacement, Seventh Son), so it's possible Universal could go with a talented but otherwise unknown (in the "Western" market, at least) director.
In the spirit of speculation, IGN have tallied a "What we want" list that offers possible plots and, more compellingly, wonders whether Spielberg might - despite his protestations to the contrary - in fact be ready for a return to the megaplex: "It would be ridiculous to claim that Steve Spielberg has something to prove, but with Kingdom of the Crystal Skull faltering, I think ‘late-Spielberg’ has another classic blockbuster in him. I think he could still show the likes of Nolan and Snyder, weened on the fake butter smell of his very best popcorn movies, how it’s really done."
Whatever ends up happening behind the scenes and on the screen, we'll see it June 13th, 2014.