A fourth "Jurassic Park" film has been vaguely imminent for the past year or so; while the project has seen numerous starts and stops over the course of the decade, there has been definitive movement on it in recent months. As it turns out, there has been a lot of movement, as Universal has set the film for a June 13th, 2014 release date.
Last year, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were tapped to write yet another take on the sequel, and the duo turned in their draft earlier this week. Apparently, the studio was so pleased that it's gone ahead and rushed the film into full-fledged production.
No details about the film's storyline have emerged yet (meaning no word if the gun-toting dinos idea from years back will be resurrected), but it has been confirmed that Steven Spielberg will serve as one of the film's producers. With the indefinite delay of "Robopocalypse," it seems almost certain that he'll be rumored to land in the director's chair, but he's dismissed such interest in the past.
While this news has seemingly come out of the blue, the writing has been on the wall for quite a while; last year, producer Frank Marshall speculated that the movie would be in theaters within two years, a prediction that he's nailed right on the money.
Of course, there's reason for pause here since this leaves Universal less than eighteen months to enter pre-production, shoot the film, and then finish what is sure to be a heavy effects load. A director will also be vital to the process, so producer Kathleen Kennedy now has another film to answer for in this capacity (in case you've been buried under dinosaur dung, she's also looking for someone to helm "Star Wars: Episode VII").
"Jurassic Park 4" will also be presented in 3D, of course, but audiences won't have to wait until next year to get a glimpse of the park in the third dimension, as the original film will arrive with a 3D conversion this April.
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