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Important Updates: No Indiana Jones 5, No Weaponized Dinosaurs In Jurassic Park 4

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By a show of hands, who’s been waiting for another Indiana Jones film? Anyone? Anyone? Exactly. Well we’ve got some new, somewhat concrete, news on that front as well as some disappointing news on the Jurassic Park 4 front – no weaponized dinosaurs. But I wanted dinosaurs with lasers! Read on for all the info. 

Most of the news comes from an interview Crave did with producer Frank Marshall. He’s been doing the press rounds for his recent film, The Bourne Legacy, but everyone has been jumping at the opportunity to ask him about his long history with Steven Spielberg. They also talked about George Lucas and his progress on the long-rumored fifth Indiana Jones film.

“As far as I know he’s not writing a fifth Indy,” said Marshall. Interesting considering Spielberg as well as actor Harrison Ford have told the press he is. But he continued.

“I think he’s thinking about ideas but he’s certainly not writing one. We’d love to keep the series going but again it’s got to be a really good story. They’re hard to do.” Too right, especially when you consider lots of folks felt Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull wasn’t a really good story.

And one more thing. He previously told Collider, “I say, for me, [Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is] the last hurrah. I know that yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea, there’s no MacGuffin… [Lucas] isn’t [hungry to do another Indiana Jones].”

Leaving Dr. Jones aside for now, Marshall also spoke a bit more about Jurassic Park 4. Just the other day we told you he said it should be on the big screen in about two years.

“It’s got new life. It’s in development,” he said. “I can tell you that that is moving forward.” But what about the rumors the fourth film would include dinosaurs weaponized by the government?

“No, no, that’s another rumor,” he said. “That’s not it.”

However, Marshall did previously put to rest the notion that there would be tons of CGI in JP4. “That’s what’s gonna be great about it, technology’s taken a leap now that we can really do some great things,” he said but added that practical dinosaurs help both the audience and the actors.

So, are you as disappointed as I am there won’t be any dinosaurs with lasers (I’m not really)? What about the Indy 5 news?

(via io9)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."