Jurassic Fandom: An Ethnographic Study
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Park IV with such alternative titles as "Jurassic Park 4", "JP4" and "JPIV" and one rumored, but unconfirmed, title being "Jurassic Park IV: The Extinction" has been supposedly in production since Jurassic Park
3 was released to theaters. Some of the earlier rumors began
in 2001 with Kathleen Kennedy, an Executive Producer on the Jurassic Park
series, stating that it should not need to take four years for another
"Jurassic" sequel. Instead, by 2006 there has been nothing but
loose confirmations, a poorly looked upon script & script review, a fake script and fake logo, and
On the 17th
of August, 2004 AICN (Ain't-It-Cool-News) posted they had a review
of the up and coming Jurassic Park 4 script. This script stated there
would be mutant-crime fighting dinosaur and as such suffered very harsh
reviews at the hands of Jurassic Park fans and critics alike. This early script was
confirmed to be written by William Monahan and John Sayles. Prior to all of this Spielberg
had been quoted stating it was in fact the "mother of all ideas"
and would also "move the series into a new direction". The script
revolves around Nick Harris, an unemployed mercenary, and his quest to
fight a dinosaur killing virus and a sinister corporation known as Grendel
Corporation, another mysterious company that seemed to have attached itself
to Isla Nublar. The script, needless to say for it's unrealistic - and
otherwise poor - plot received very harsh and negative reviews.
Despite scattered news reports over the next few months of a rumored announcement
blitz in the fall of 2005 according to Dan's
JP3 Page on July 2nd, 2005,
John Sayles confirming that the horrible script was indeed true on May
27th, 2005, to Spielberg saying he wants to cherry pick his favorite
scenes from the Jurassic Park Novels on November
11th, 2005, and actors Sam Neill, Vince Vaughn, Jeff Goldblum, and
Richard Attenborough reprising their respective roles they played earlier
in the franchise a big on February
5th, 2005. It paled in comparison to the unfortunate false breakthrough that was announced in September.
14th, 2005 another news slump was broken by a Dan's
JP3 Page member, Carnotaur3. The member posted images of a
logo and a script from a believed informant working for Universal who was deemed "reliable". The
news was believed true until Carnotaur3 revealed he had staged
it in the event of trying to put a surge of life back into the JP fan
sites, while understandable, a majority of sites did break this false news story.
Despite numerous other "under the radar" buzz for the next few months about
actress Keira Knightley of Pirates of the Caribbean fame taking on the
role of Lex (Hammond's grand daughter), to more promising news from Frank
Marshall on February
21, 2006 of the possibility of a 2008 release date and the news that
the character of Lex would be returning. Later, disappointing news would surface that Steven
Spielberg would not be directing according to SpielbergFilms on March
1st, 2006. Some were beginning to believe that Jurassic Park 4 would
never come out until news on March
7th, 2006 straight from Spielberg's mouth on E! proved the fourth
film was indeed a reality.
More news pulled in on June 26th,
2006 with a stray report from Kauai
Garden Island News rumored that Spielberg himself was location scouting
for his fourth installment; however, an opposite news report on June
27th, 2006 in an interview with Frank Marshall would state otherwise,
and that the script was still being worked.
On July 17th, 2006 - in an interview between SpielbergFilms
and Steven Spielberg - it was confirmed that Joe Johnston would
be in the director's seat for the fourth installment as he is the "Go-To-Jurassic
guy". This report disproved the earlier reported Breck Eisner as
the "JP4 director" rumor that was reported on July 8th, 2006.
On January 9th, 2007 an off-hand rumor that was reported by SpielbergFilms and IGN FilmForce that, while promoting her new film "Inland Empire", Laura Dern was in fact interested in reprising her role as Dr. Ellie Sattler/Degler. Laura Dern also stated that, at the time, that she was "out of of the loop" concerning news on the fourth film. On April 6th, 2007 this report was later confirmed that Ellie Sattler would be back as everyone's favorite Paleobotanist for the fourth film by SpielbergFilms.
After this bit of buzz a new news drought followed with no new information available until March 2007. On March 10th, 2007, Sam Neill - in an interview with LA Daily News, denied his involvement in the fourth Jurassic Park film and stated that he was out of the loop on this one. Soon after this report the news would follow that on April 7th, 2007 that Joe Johnston would not be directing the fourth film of the franchise. As of June 18th, 2009 Jurassic Park IV is considered a long shot. With the deaths of Stan Winston and Michael Crichton over the year of 2009 one thing is for certain it hasn't boded well for a Jurassic Park sequel of any kind.
After new writers were appointed, it finally looks like JPIV is going to happen. Jurassic Park IV was formally announced on January 11th, 2013 for a June 13th, 2014 release date.
A special thanks to Ahkileez for making the Jurassic Park 4 logo
for this section.