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What's the latest scoop on Jurassic Park 4?

09.27.2012

The last official update we got on JURASSIC PARK 4 had to do with the hiring on Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) as the scribes for the film.

Now the latest update comes via the project's producer, Kathleen Kennedy. During a celebration for the 30th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's E.T. and the film's Blu-ray release, Kennedy offered up this piece of information:

"Writing, writing, writing. It's really hard to keep these things going when there's an expectation and a desire by the public and the audience to keep certain franchises going. As filmmakers, we often sit there going, 'Okay. We have to answer the question, 'Why do another one?'' If you can't answer that question, you shouldn't be doing it. It's tough. We're trying to come up with a story that makes sense and isn't going to disappoint people and is, hopefully, going to get people excited and reinvigorate the franchise. We've got to start with a script and the story."

Kennedy then added, "[The studio] is just like, 'When?!'" Kennedy laughs. "They don't care about the agony we're going through!"

So there you have it. The writers are trying their hardest not to ruin everything you love about JURASSIC PARK. If they take it in a separate direction and don't try just doing a sequel, then no one has anything to whine about.

In a previous interview, JURASSIC PARK 3 director Joe Johnston, who has been in the loop on the project said this, "It's going to be unlike anything you've seen. It breaks away from the first three—it's essentially the beginning of the second Jurassic Park trilogy. It's going to be done in a completely different way."

It will be interesting to see what the writers have in-store for the faithful fans of the series, as well as the new ones. RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES didn't turn out so bad actually, so maybe we are in for a surprise.

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11:33AM on 09/28/2012

No islands

One problem with the first film was that the park was so isolated from civilization that it wasn't a plausible tourist attraction. How about placing Jurassic Park in Nevada and then having dinosaurs escaping and the scientists facing the very real possibility of dinosaurs in Las Vegas?
One problem with the first film was that the park was so isolated from civilization that it wasn't a plausible tourist attraction. How about placing Jurassic Park in Nevada and then having dinosaurs escaping and the scientists facing the very real possibility of dinosaurs in Las Vegas?
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9:18AM on 09/28/2012

Anyone notice the pictuer?

Any die hard fans like me notice that the picture of Ian running away from the Rex is fliped the wrong way? OCD much??
Any die hard fans like me notice that the picture of Ian running away from the Rex is fliped the wrong way? OCD much??
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8:48AM on 09/28/2012

No islands

One problem with the first film was that the park was so isolated from civilization that it wasn't a plausible tourist attraction. How about placing Jurassic Park in Nevada and then having dinosaurs escaping and the scientists facing the very real possibility of dinosaurs in Las Vegas?
One problem with the first film was that the park was so isolated from civilization that it wasn't a plausible tourist attraction. How about placing Jurassic Park in Nevada and then having dinosaurs escaping and the scientists facing the very real possibility of dinosaurs in Las Vegas?
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10:40AM on 09/28/2012
You did see Lost World right?
You did see Lost World right?
3:06AM on 09/28/2012

YES!

YES we still CARE! Make this movie and make it well. JURASSIC PARK is still my # 1 favorite. It can be done.
YES we still CARE! Make this movie and make it well. JURASSIC PARK is still my # 1 favorite. It can be done.
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11:47PM on 09/27/2012

That's crock of shit...

"As filmmakers, we often sit there going, 'Okay. We have to answer the question, 'Why do another one?'' SInce when the fuck does that stop you morons in hollywood for making countless remakes and shit films and doing other ones to films we never needed another one too ? Dumb ass.
"As filmmakers, we often sit there going, 'Okay. We have to answer the question, 'Why do another one?'' SInce when the fuck does that stop you morons in hollywood for making countless remakes and shit films and doing other ones to films we never needed another one too ? Dumb ass.
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12:49AM on 09/28/2012
Yeah. They ask the question, and the answer is MONEY. THAT's why they do another one, and THAT's why they make countless remakes. So no, not a crock of shit. It's called showBUSINESS, not showART.
Yeah. They ask the question, and the answer is MONEY. THAT's why they do another one, and THAT's why they make countless remakes. So no, not a crock of shit. It's called showBUSINESS, not showART.
10:21PM on 09/27/2012
It makes me nervous that the producer is speaking on behalf of the writers' struggles and sounds like she doesn't have the answer to her own question, "why do another one?" What little boy doesn't love dinosaurs, I'm totally down for a dinosaur movie, but why does it have to be within the JP franchise?
It makes me nervous that the producer is speaking on behalf of the writers' struggles and sounds like she doesn't have the answer to her own question, "why do another one?" What little boy doesn't love dinosaurs, I'm totally down for a dinosaur movie, but why does it have to be within the JP franchise?
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10:18PM on 09/27/2012
A lot of us schmoes have something of a connection to the Jurassic Park series, and I think cynicism aside, a fourth installment (done right) would be so very welcome. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a very good film, it surprised many by not being a cheap cash-in in the slightest, even though it initially appeared that way. Everyone was saying "do we need an 'Apes' reboot?" and then RotPotA turned out excellent. Hopefully, at the hands of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, a fourth Jurassic Park
A lot of us schmoes have something of a connection to the Jurassic Park series, and I think cynicism aside, a fourth installment (done right) would be so very welcome. Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a very good film, it surprised many by not being a cheap cash-in in the slightest, even though it initially appeared that way. Everyone was saying "do we need an 'Apes' reboot?" and then RotPotA turned out excellent. Hopefully, at the hands of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, a fourth Jurassic Park will have the same effect.
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10:16PM on 09/27/2012
"We're trying to come up with a story that makes sense and isn't going to disappoint people and is, hopefully, going to get people excited and reinvigorate the franchise." Translation: We're sorry we fucked up on The Lost World and JP III and are doing our damnedest to not repeat those mistakes.
"We're trying to come up with a story that makes sense and isn't going to disappoint people and is, hopefully, going to get people excited and reinvigorate the franchise." Translation: We're sorry we fucked up on The Lost World and JP III and are doing our damnedest to not repeat those mistakes.
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10:13PM on 09/27/2012
I good live with one more good Jurassic Park movie to send the series off on a high note. But it seems like the studio just wants to make these for the money, and really I don't see much more that can be done with the story. I'd rather them just leave it alone than do some JP version of Alien vs Predator, by which I mean a movie with dinosaurs but no sci-fi, drama, heart, or style that made people love the first films to begin with.
I good live with one more good Jurassic Park movie to send the series off on a high note. But it seems like the studio just wants to make these for the money, and really I don't see much more that can be done with the story. I'd rather them just leave it alone than do some JP version of Alien vs Predator, by which I mean a movie with dinosaurs but no sci-fi, drama, heart, or style that made people love the first films to begin with.
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9:51PM on 09/27/2012

Skeptical

It's hard not to be skeptical after getting burned so many times (Indy IV, Star Wars prequels, JPIII) but another part of me is optimistic because some people really seem to get "it", Rise of the Planet of the Apes was better than it should have been, same with Star Trek, and same with Dredd.

Jurassic Park III was already "completely different" than the first two, so that statement worries me, if anything; it really just lacked any heart. It would be nice for them to go back to the first
It's hard not to be skeptical after getting burned so many times (Indy IV, Star Wars prequels, JPIII) but another part of me is optimistic because some people really seem to get "it", Rise of the Planet of the Apes was better than it should have been, same with Star Trek, and same with Dredd.

Jurassic Park III was already "completely different" than the first two, so that statement worries me, if anything; it really just lacked any heart. It would be nice for them to go back to the first Jurassic Park and say "Okay, what made this movie so good? Why is it the favorite?" and at least try to infuse that general sense of wonder and tone into this next movie -- which actually sounds like a very difficult thing to do. Hope they can make it work!
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