The past few years have been a great time for dormant franchises. The likes of "Rocky," "Die Hard," and Indiana Jones have received sequels after long periods of inactivity. Even failing a revival there's always the reboot option, something studios are increasingly keen to do so bankable titles aren't sitting idle.
One franchise with on and off development for over a decade now is "Jurassic Park." There's been talk of a fourth entry cropping up from time to time for years, but very little actual movement on the project. Until now, that is.
Deadline has learned that Universal has hired the writing duo of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to pen the script for "Jurassic Park IV." Those names might ring a bell for science fiction fans because they're the team behind the script for last year's "Rise of the Planet of the Apes." That film stands as a recent hallmark of box office success and critical praise for a franchise long thought dead. Of course, "Rise" was more or less a full reboot. So far Universal is still indicating "Jurassic Park IV," as a sequel, not a new start.
"Jurassic Park III" put into a place a number of new elements the franchise has yet to fully realize, giving fans the chance to see those strands play out. First there's the ever increasing intelligence of the velociraptors, which by the third entry appear to have their own rudimentary language. The idea of these creatures evolving to near-human intelligence has been firmly planted in the series.
Another possibility is things can go beyond just dinosaurs into something more fantastic. "Jurassic Park III" introduced the spinosaurus, a species that wasn't on the official list of cloned dinosaurs. This opens the door to huge possibilities for what other dinosaurs might have been cloned and developed. Lest audiences forget, these are not truly dinosaurs of the past but new, cloned creatures with aspects taken from other species as well.
Given how successful Jaffa and Silver were at creating a fully formed character and emotional journey for the ape Caesar in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," it's exciting to think of what they can do with the dinosaurs. It might be a bit much to suggest they'll follow something like an intelligent raptor as closely as they did with Caesar, but the pair has demonstrated a unique skill at retaining the animal qualities of non-human characters while making them highly relatable at the same time. It seems like an ideal pairing of project and writing talent.
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