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Sam Neill Drops the “Reboot” Bomb Regarding Jurassic Park IV

I have a pet theory. Well, it’s really more of a faith-based conjecture ungrounded in any evidence that I refuse to abandon. And it is that Sam Neill was brought back to the franchise for Jurassic Park III in the same way that his character was convinced to go back to Jurassic Park. They told him it was for something else and then flew him out there and didn’t let him leave until he’d made the movie/rescued that kid.

Glad to see they won’t be putting the actor through that for Jurassic Park IV.

Jurassic Park IV has been put on hold for undisclosed reasons (maybe their dinosaur supervisor quit?), but despite that, the flames of nostalgia run high, even within this very blog. It’s to be expected that Sam Neill, as the star of two thirds of the franchise, would still be asked about the new movie, no matter how tangential his relationship to it. He frightened a lot of nerds, however, when he used the fabled word “reboot.” From New Zealand’s Dominion Post:

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.

Now, before you panic, it’s unlikely that the actor means reboot in the way that it’s usually used. After all, the production is still calling itself Jurassic Park IV, no renumbering involved. What he means is probably that they’re not planning on bringing back any of the old actors or characters, starting fresh with some very old animals. That’s what the twenty-year-old Jurassic Park franchise obviously needs: is a hot, contemporary property to make it relevant to today’s audience. I nominate a crossover with Parks and Recreation. But that’s just a faith-based conjecture.

(via /Film.)

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  • Andrew Paul Ross Semkow

    if they did cross over with PARKS I see a scene where Aubrey’s character becomes queen of the raptors.

  • Anonymous

    Greendale Community College field trip!

  • Andrew Paul Ross Semkow

    Deanrassic park

  • Jonny Rice

    I totally read this in the Dean’s voice. Terrific.

  • Nicole Elizabeth Currie

    I’m pretty sure the title of this article stopped my heart. Thank God I read further.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe they’ll see a pteranodean or a megalodean!

  • scarecroe

    JP *should* be rebooted. We want dinos with feathers.

  • cloudywolf

    I can totally see this happening. And Andy would probably try to play fetch with them and get his arm chewed off.

  • Anonymous

    They should make it about a futuristic amusement park where dinosaurs are brought to life through advanced cloning techniques. I call it “Billy and the Cloneasaurus.”

  • Sign Ahead

    I think it’d actually go something like this:

    Jerry, in a fit of unexpected brilliance, is on the cusp of teaching a young raptor how to communicate through a clever combination of oil paintings and classical piano, when Andy picks up a stick and tries to play fetch. The startled raptor becomes enraged, attacks Jerry and chews off his arm.

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  • Magic Xylophone

    No. We really, really don’t. I know it’s scientifically accurate, but in terms of maintaining classic movie icons, you might as well put feathers on Jaws. They’re mutant frog-dinos. Can’t we leave it at that?

  • Magic Xylophone

    Well, she did star in Trevorrow’s last film, so it’s not out of the question.

  • electrasteph

    Just the idea of another reboot leaves me weary. I don’t want to see the same story again, whether it’s shot with better effects or not.

  • cloudywolf

    YES. And then everyone would blame Jerry for letting the raptors eat human meat when they’re supposed to be sticking to dog food.

  • Pitalla

    JP3 ruined everything.