Are you ready for Jurassic Park 4? Steven Spielberg seems to think so, because he's thinking about making a fourth trip to the dinosaur island.
Even though he's currently finishing up two movies (The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and War Horse) and is executive producer on the upcoming TV series Terra Nova—which also features dinosaurs—The Hollywood Reporter says that Spielberg has been tossing ideas around for a new Jurassic Park movie with screenwriter Mark Protosevich.
Protosevich's credits include working on the script for Thor and co-writing I Am Legend, but he hasn't been officially hired to write anything for Jurassic Park 4 yet. In fact, both Spielberg's team and Universal Pictures are saying that all they're doing right now is seeing if they can come up with a way to relaunch the series.
It needs all the help it can get, because even though 1993's Jurassic Park is still a modern classic (not to mention that its special effects hold up better than those in most of today's movies), its two sequels, 1997's Jurassic Park: The Lost World and 2001's Jurassic Park III, leave something to be desired. Actually, they leave a lot to be desired, because they both pretty much stunk.
Audiences seemed to feel the same way: The first movie made $915 million worldwide, while the second earned $619 million and the third limped to the finish line with $369 million.
Spielberg directed the first two, while Joe Johnston (Captain America) was behind the camera for the third. Both men have been attached in the past to direct a rumored fourth movie, but who takes the job now has yet to be determined.
There have been rumors of a fourth movie on and off for years, and at one point there was reportedly a script written that revolved around the U.S. government creating intelligent new dinosaurs and equipping them with guns to battle the original ones. Let's hope they don't revisit that idea. Star Sam Neill also feels that without author Michael Crichton and special effects genius Stan Winston, who are now sadly both dead, it doesn't seem right to continue the series.
Do you think Jurassic Park should be revived and perhaps shot in 3-D with all the bells and whistles now possible? Should Spielberg direct it? Or should they leave the franchise frozen in amber?