Earlier this summer, we reported to you that Rise of the Planet of Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver had been hired to pen the script for the long-developing Jurassic Park 4 (the last film in the series, Jurassic Park III, was released 11 years ago, in 2001). It was an interesting development for two reasons: 1) It indicated that, for some reason, Universal was still toiling in development hell to make Jurassic Park sequel that no one seems to be asking for, and 2) It gave folks hope, as Rise of the Planet of the Apes was, awkward title aside, not that bad at all. And now, producer Kathleen Kennedy has spoken out about the project, and the circle of development hell it currently resides.
Coming Soon reports that during a roundtable promotion of the 30th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Kennedy was asked about Jurassic Park 4: Rise of the Island Where We Can Hopefully Get At Least One Original Star to Return To, and where the project was currently at. Kennedy’s answer? “Writing, writing, writing.”
“It’s really hard to keep these things going when there’s an expectation and a desire by the public and the audience to keep certain franchises going. As filmmakers, we often sit there going, ‘Okay. We have to answer the question, ‘Why do another one?” If you can’t answer that question, you shouldn’t be doing it. It’s tough. We’re trying to come up with a story that makes sense and isn’t going to disappoint people and is, hopefully, going to get people excited and reinvigorate the franchise. We’ve got to start with a script and the story.”
Which is interesting, as both The Lost World and Jurassic Park III didn’t seem to have much in the way of an answer to the question “why do another one” except for the fact that they would make Universal a ton of money. Oh well. The next one can’t be any worse than III, so there’s that.
What do you think of a Jurassic Park 4?