Location scouting and other aspects of pre-production for Jurassic Park 4 are already well underway, but a pair of tweets from members of crew has made it look like we might not be seeing the film any time soon.
Say it ain’t so, movie gods. Say it ain’t so.
The tweets in question, first from Digital Asset Manager Todd Smoyer…
Hollywood makes and crushes dreams. Goodbye JP4
…and the second from concept artist Dean Sherriff:
JP4 on hold
But what does it meeeean?
According to a fansite that, it says, has had contact with “a reliable source close to Jurassic Park 4,” the film’s not cancelled. It’s just being put on told to make it more epic. Really. Quoth the site, JP4 is
“on a temporary hiatus while there is a ‘restructuring of the guard’, if you will. Not to worry however, as we are told that Colin Trevorrow is still directing the film and adds that the film will deliver on an EPIC scale. It is this ‘EPIC’ demand by the studio however, which has lead to the current situation. It seems Universal wants to pull out all the stops and go above and beyond what they had initially set their goals to be. This has lead to a number of disagreements between those working on the project and the Studio, which has resulted in an overhaul within the film’s production crew. No specifics however.”
That same source says the problem isn’t the script but the film’s “developmental core,” whatever that means. (Is Trevorrow, previously an indie director, not spending enough money or something?) A second source has confirmed to /Film that the film is indeed on hold.
I’m going to choose to be optimistic about this. The film was originally scheduled for release next summer, which is awful soon when you consider all the time a big film like this requires in post-production. Take your time, Colin and Universal. We’ve waited long enough for another good Jurassic Park movie to grace our screens; we can wait a few years longer. In terms of reboots, I’d rather this be a Batman Begins than a Godzilla.