After years of rumors, hints and speculation, Jurassic Park 4 finally has a release date. So when will it come out, and who will direct it?
First things first: The Wrap reported that Universal announced a June 13, 2014, release date on Friday for the fourth entry in the dinosaurs-in-the-modern-world franchise, which will be filmed and released in 3D (naturally). That's the good news for fans who have been waiting since 2001 for the trilogy to expand into a tetralogy.
The bad news is that the release date is almost exactly 17 months from now, and a director for the movie has yet to be chosen. Not that anyone really expected him to, but Steven Spielberg won't be getting behind the camera for this one, although he will co-produce it with Frank Marshall.
Spielberg directed the first two but left Jurassic Park III in the hands of Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger). The first movie is a classic; the second and third, not so much. But all three have combined to make nearly $2 billion worldwide—with an April 5 release planned for a 3D conversion of the original—so it's no surprise that Universal wants another one.
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who penned last year's outstanding Rise of the Planet of the Apes, have just turned in the script for Jurassic Park 4. Producer Kathleen Kennedy (who's since moved on to become head of Lucasfilm) said a few months back that finding the right story was the biggest challenge in making the picture (hey, they could always go back to this idea if all else fails).
So, the bottom line on Jurassic Park 4: a just-finished script, no director, no cast, but a release date a little under a year and a half from now. Feeling optimistic about this one?