Bad news for fans of the Jurassic Park franchise (we’re assuming there are actual fans of the whole terrible franchise sequels, and not just the fun first film): Jurassic Park 4’s June 2014 release date likely isn’t going to happen. NEW UPDATES BELOW.
The film, which was set to be directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) was all set to go (/Film even notes that Trevorrow tweeted a location scout noting the film would take place on Isla Nublar, the same location as the first film). Then, some troubling Tweets concerning the film appeared.
First up, Jurassic Park 4’s Digital Asset Manager, Todd Smoyer, tweeted that “Hollywood makes and crushes dreams. Goodbye JP4.” Not the most optimistic messages. This was followed by a Tweet from Jurassic Park 4’s Concept Artist, Dean Sherriff, who noted that “JP4 on hold.”
/Film further notes that “many people” on the pre-production team have “been sent packing” but that Trevorrow is still planning on directing the film eventually.
So, why the all the hubbub? It seems that there is a “conflict of interest” concerning the “size” of the film—i.e., Universal wants a big, epic Jurassic Park film, which the original release date of June 2014 simply could not accommodate.
So what does this all mean? In all likelihood, you’ll get a Jurassic Park 4, but a release date of 2015 now seems far, far more likely.
UPDATE: Universal has released the following statement:
In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal’s beloved franchise. We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise’s storied history.
What do you think of the Jurassic Park 4 news?