jurassic park

Fans of the Jurassic Park franchise have had to suffer through a lot—first there was the so-so sequel (The Lost World), and then the just plain bad one (Jurassic Park III), then 15 years of nothing but rumors before solid plans for a Jurassic Park 4 became a reality with Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow .  And then the project got delayed for another year, so that Universal and Trevorrow could best ensure the sequel isn’t terrible.  And now, in case you Jurassic Park fans weren’t nervous enough, comes news that the film could be a reboot.

/Film notes that in a recent profile of Sam Neill (who played paleontologist Alan Grant in Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III), Neill was asked if he would be returning for the new film, and had seen the 3D version of the original:

As well as confirming that he is unlikely to be a part of next year’s Jurassic Park 4 (“I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig”), Neill confesses he hasn’t seen the new version of the original.

While Neill is asserting a “total re-jig” of the franchise, it’s hard to believe that  Trevorrow and company would actually restart the entire Jurassic Park franchise with some new actor showing up to stutter his way through the role of Ian Malcolm.  More than likely, it will be the first film to not contain any of the old characters, and will be the beginning of a new series of films (just as parts I-III loosely form a more or less interrelated trilogy via recurring characters).  Just do expect any of the old gang to be limping their way through Isla Nublar.

What do you think of the JP news?