While promoting Transformers 3, the best news EVER (well for any JP fan)!!!
Spielberg wants to go back to Jurassic Park!
Source: Steven Spielberg Working on 'Jurassic Park 4' | CraveOnlineSteven Spielberg Working on 'Jurassic Park 4'
The legendary director is collaborating with writer Mark Protosevich to once again make his dinos soar.
By William Bibbiani
June 16, 2011
Can you believe it's been ten years since the last Jurassic Park movie? Damn we feel old. But that decade isn't stopping Steven Spielberg from revisiting the groundbreaking movie series. He's in talks with writer Mark Protosevich to come up with a story for Jurassic Park 4.
Hollywood Reporter is describing the proposed film as a 'reboot,' although it's still in the 'exploratory' phase. Meaning that anything could happen. Years ago a fourth Jurassic Park was reportedly proposed in which the dinosaurs got off the island and re-conquered the earth, forcing humanity to splice dinosaur genes with humans in order to fight them off. There's a good chance that's not what they're doing here, although at the 'exploratory' stage we guess anything is possible.
Mark Protosevich is a credited screenwriter on such big Hollywood movies as Thor, I Am Legend and Poseidon. He's also making his directorial debut soon with Freakshow, based on his screenplay about a group of teenagers who gain superpowers accidentally and are asked to protect their city after the world's only superhero dies. Steven Spielberg is... Oh, you know who Steven Spielberg is.
Crave Online will be back with more Jurassic Park 4 news after we finish our doctorate in chaos theory.
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Published by Jeff Leins on June 16, 2011
Rumors of a Jurassic Park 4 seem to surface annually, like clockwork or, more appropriately, a painful anniversary. Because while the original Jurassic Park was a formative experience in ‘93, the series deteriorated by the Joe Johnston-directed part III and left sour memories of pterodactyls and lame cop-out endings. In other words, it bears the same diminishing returns as most franchises, including relevant disappointment Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Nevertheless, Steven Spielberg is intent on forcing a fourth… again.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Spielberg has met twice with screenwriter Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, Spielberg’s scrapped Oldboy remake) to “brainstorm” a concept for another visit to dinosaur island. The trade outlet stressed Protosevich hasn’t been officially hired to script anything yet and the discussions are “purely exploratory,” nor has Universal committed to another (why wouldn’t they?), but early discussions are underway.
It has been a decade since Jurassic Park III, which marked the bitter end for Universal’s lucrative franchise. The series saw diminishing returns at the box office too, starting with the original’s $915 million worldwide (the highest grossing of 1993) to The Lost World’s $619 million (3rd of ‘97 behind MIB and Titanic) to the third’s $369 million (9th in 2001).
But, again, whispers of a part IV date back for years. Most recently, producer Frank Marshall said “maybe that’s it” after Michael Crichton passed away in 2008, amidst juicy rumors of dinosaurs hilariously strapped with automatic weaponry. But, by January 2010, Johnston declared, “There will be a Jurassic Park IV” before adding, “And 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.”
Whether or not that means a reboot remains to be seen, and may depend largely on these “brainstorming” sessions. Will a fourth follow the redo path of Sony’s fresh Spider-Man series, or will it forge ahead wildly like the Weinsteins’ Scream 4 (which also over-promised a new trilogy)? Will it happen at all?
Meanwhile, Spielberg may be in danger of wearing himself thin. On top of wrapping photography on War Horse and preparing for the release of Tintin, Spielberg is casting his Lincoln biopic, producing “Falling Skies” (which I’m told he is very “hands on” with) and the Fox series “Terra Nova” (also involving dinos), overseeing the slow development of an inevitable Indiana Jones 5, and now cracking the story on an unnecessary Jurassic Park four-quel. And that’s just off the top of my head! Where does he find the time?
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Movie News By Cole Abaius on June 16, 2011
Sure, the rides were a little bumpy, and there weren’t always dinosaurs visible in the dinosaur park, but Jurassic Park was always fun for the whole family. If you’re like me, Jurassic Park was the film that changed the game for you. A large scale spectacle done right with just the right amount of heart (No Tim!!!) and the right amount of completely forgivable cheesiness.
The sequels headed down the Slide of Diminished Returns (a ride at the park they shut down due to lawsuits), but maybe starting fresh is exactly what the franchise could use.
That might be what it’s getting, because The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Steven Spielberg has been having meetings with writer Mark Protosevich to toss around ideas on how to make Jurassic Park 4 a reality.
Trying to get a new story about dinosaurs in our time off the ground is a fantastic goal, but the baffling part of it is Protosevich. He’s been involved in middling and crappy movies in almost equal measure – I Am Legend, The Cell, Poseidon. It’s hard to understand the writer’s role in production these days, but his name is next to some un-good stuff. Granted, he also has a story credit on Thor, but the finished screenplay was done by a handful of other people. If his involvement in those other projects is to be taken at face value, then he’s shown a profound lack of understanding when it comes to genre. Why Spielberg would make him the go-to on this is a little bit confusing, although it may be the case that he’s a solid idea man who can then hand the baton to another writer for the finished product, and right now it’s all brainstorming anyway.
Plus, Spielberg was producing the Oldboy remake that Protosevich scripted for Will Smith, so maybe he turned out something impressive for that ultimately doomed project.
Regardless, opening the gates to Jurassic Park is a fun idea – one that would be made even greater by a new advancement by ILM (if one is going to come). They’ll just need to remember who well practical effects work and face the biggest hurdle in front of them: they’ll never get Sam Neill out of Montana.