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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 and to be directed by Colin Trevorrow.
It was announced that Jurassic Park IV would be placed on hold on May 8th, 2013. This news caused a major upset for the fans, but progress on the film continued to happen at a slower pace. By June 21, 2013 a rough summary appeared on JoBlo.Com
JURASSIC PARK 4, set in present day Isla Nublar, is now an actual theme park, as originally intended by John Hammond in the first film. It garners 10 million visitors per year and is completely safe - until it's not. The park itself is described a very Sea World-esque and includes an area called the Isla Nublar Lagoon. That means underwater dino's for the first time. No indication of what kind, but there's concept art showing one of the aquatic dino's, as part of a show, jumping out of the lagoon and eating a strung up great white shark like it was a fish for a dolphin at sea world.
As part of a show, you ask? That's right, folks, this will feature "tamed" dino's. In fact, our source indicated that the usually menacing Velociraptors (which will finally be muzzled, along with the T-Rex - until they're not) will actually be used to help fight the threat, which begins in the form of a new dinosaur, not seen in any of the previous films (and not disclosed to us) shows to be much smarter than originally thought and is the main cause of havoc breaking out at the park.
So, to sum it all up, JURASSIC PARK 4 will take place back on Isla Nublar with a fully operational dinosaur theme park (I'm sure no expense was spared) that's both prosperous and safe, until a new dinosaur figures out a way to wreak havoc, causing the use of the now tamed Velociraptors (and T-Rex? Unclear) as a means to fighting the threat.
Colin Trevorrow put some of these rumors to rest during his podcast interview with the folks at JurassicCast on August 14th, 2013. On September 10th, 2013 we were treated to the announcement of Jurassic World, the fourth installment of Jurassic Park, would be roaring to theaters June 12th, 2015. Since then numorous casting reports have rolled in. With that information known we certainly have a bright future for our fourth installment.