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Universal Sets June 2014 Release Date for 'Jurassic Park 4'

Will Steven Spielberg direct it?

spielberg-jurassic-parkUniversal has just announced they will be releasing the long-gestating Jurassic Park IV on June 13, 2014 with Steven Spielberg producing. The film will be shot in native 3-D and while a director has yet to be announced, Deadline confirms the film will use the latest script from Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes)

The news comes only a day after Spielberg's Robopocalypse was put on hold. Spielberg told EW, "We found [Robopocalypse] was costing a lot of money and I found a better way to tell the story more economically but also much more personally.... I found the personal way into Robopocalypse, and so I just told everybody to go find other jobs, I'm starting on a new script and we'll have this movie back on its feet soon."

As I said, no director is attached to Jurassic Park 4, and Spielberg is only attached as producer for the moment, but he has been involved every step of the way, including meeting with screenwriter Mark Protosevich (Thor, I Am Legend) about writing draft prior to Jaffa and Silver coming on.

It's entirely possible Spielberg could return to the Jurassic Park franchise, but for now it's left up in the air.

Universal will also be re-releasing Spielberg's original Jurassic Park in 3-D later this year on April 5.

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  • Xarnis

    This could be great. I am a huge Jurassic Park fan, and if Spielberg ends up directing (because of his leaving Robopocalypse) it could be as good as the first one. Plus the writers from Rise of the Planet of the Apes wrote it, and that movie was surprisingly good.

  • Winchester

    I'm not sure even Spielberg could do two very large scale projects back to back so fast and have JP4 and Robopocalypse out in 2014. He's only delayed the latter, not left it entirely.

    Normally when he back to backs he does a big film then does one of his smaller films right after, not a second biggie.

  • JayRam

    As much as I'd like to see it happen, I don't think Spielberg will end up directing the movie. But I'll definitely give it a watch. Who knows, it may surprise me as a good movie as much as Rise of the Planet of the Apes did.

  • Roger

    I'm on board! This franchise needs to be revisited. Hopefully it becomes a Fast and Furious type of series, where it gained even more momentum starting with the fourth movie.

  • Irf

    Gosh, my 14-year-old self came springing back to life upon reading this news.

    This is a franchise that has been dormant for much too long, but that's only because it's nothing but a brand. It was conceived as a brand to be stamped on all sorts of auxiliary goods. The original movie self-knowingly even references such a strategy.

    However, this instalment has been in development heck for over a dozen years now. The worry is that they may have overdeveloped the story. This is what went wrong with SUPERMAN RETURNS in 2006. Warners had spent $40 million in development costs alone and the end result was far from gratifying.

    The big mistake is to reduce the original JP to only be remembered as a special-effects showpiece. It was extraordinarily well directed, something that JP3 wasn't. Even JP 2 had some unmatched set-pieces, many of which didn't even involve visible dinosaurs.

    Spielberg was interviewed by the BBC in 2011 and they raised the promise of a new JP, and the director was keen on stating how involved he is in developing a script for it, telling viewers it's something that is a priority as far as he's concerned. Even if he's not directing, his hiatus from Robopocalypse allows him the opportunity to be a physical producer on JP4, something he wasn't able to do on the last one as he was filming AI at the time. He's gone on record to suggest he regretted proceeding with the last movie without fulfilling his shepherding duties because the end result was massively unsatisfying.

  • MajorFilmFan

    This just got me VERY EXCITED. I can't wait to see this! I doubt Spielberg will return to direct it, but that's fine. I do feel that he delayed Robopocylpse so he could spend time making sure this film is good. Can't wait to see how it turns out.

  • MajorFilmFan

    On the 3D Topic, I DO beleive that 3D can be more than a gimmic, as Ang Lee showed with 'Life of Pi'. It can be a genuine art form. I hope this IS filmed in 3D, and that it's GOOD 3D, and not shitty 3D