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Wait… Jurassic Park 4 Actually Cleared a Milestone Towards Being an Actual Movie That Actually Happens?

So before we get down to the business of seriously talking about a fourth Jurassic Park movie, and whether it’ll know that it’s kind of silly (like Jurassic Park: The Lost World) or whether it’ll try to be very serious and fail utterly (like Jurassic Park III), lets have a little primer.

  • The first movie took place on Isla Nublar, the location of the putative theme park attraction Jurassic Park. (We have no idea what state it’s in, since we never see it after the close of Jurassic Park.)
  • The second and third movies take place on Isla Sorna, and auxiliary production island for the Park, with far fewer of Nublar’s basic amenities like roads, jello, and gift shops. (The animal population has overtaken the island and presumably reached some sort of stable place in the ecosystem. There are some hints that genetic experimentation and modification* went on here in addition to simple cloning.)

Got it? Good. It has nothing to do with the news about Jurassic Park IV, it’s just a pet peeve of mine that people don’t remember this.

A year ago, Steven Spielberg confirmed that he was “working on ideas” for Jurassic Park IV, which is pretty much the same as saying “we don’t have plans to make a movie right now.” But this morning, Deadline is reporting that Universal Studios has tapped Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to revitalize the long dormant Jurassic Park franchise, presumably because they realized that Battleship isn’t going to become a franchise any time soon. Who are these folks, you wonder, and what experience might they have with revitalizing long-dormant franchises with a story involving genetics, science, and evolution? Let me tell you about their last project: Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

So, that seems like a good choice to me, seeing as how using dinosaurs to kill Alzheimers is probably much to big of a stretch, and we’re just going to see them killing people. No brain, no brain disease, right?

Look, I’m going to be honest with you, it doesn’t really matter who makes Jurassic Park IV. I’m going to go see it, and probably enjoy it regardless. Once you’ve walked around wearing a sweatshirt like this, you’re kind of in for the long haul.

(via Empire Online.)

*That is, genetic modification other than removing the animals’ ability to produce the enzyme amino acid lysine, thus making them depending on lysine sources in their food, as a failed attempt to ensure that escaped animals would quickly starve.

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  • Steven Ray Morris

    Great news. Laura Dern should come back if anyone, the gents all got their own sequels (Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neil). Also Neil Blomkamp for the director’s chair. He manages to combine awe and intrigue in great ways.

    Also I am buying that Isla Nublar sweater right now.

  • Kathryn Jinx

    i could have sworn that they nuked the Isla Nublar, and mentioned it in The Lost World, but i could be just confusing books and movies again.

  • m h

     Me too. I know for sure that the first book left no doubt that Isla Nublar was firebombed to hell-and-back. I don’t remember anything about them even mentioning it in “The Lost World” movie, either.

  • Anonymous

    Before this gets out of hand, I’ll establish that I was talking specifically about the movie canon. That said, how cool would it be if the book’s creepy ending about escaped velociraptors actually got mentioned in the movie-verse?

  • Eric Vene

    Lysine isn’t an enzyme, it’s an amino acid. Also, for the sake of trivia, we can’t synthesize it and have to ingest it as part of our diet.

  • Lynn C

    The islands are in Costa Rica.

  • Brian

    I actually feel the opposite way about the sequels. I felt that II had pretensions of being a bigger story than it was, while III just said “Ah, screw it, we’re a monster movie, let’s go with it.”