A new Jurassic Park trilogy? A fresh direction for the films? Or is Jurassic Park 4 still a pipe dream? JP3 director Joe Johnston has been offering his thoughts…
Published on Nov 9, 2009
Jurassic Park 4, then. It's the sequel that we'd pretty much written off, and even now, we wouldn't want to lay down too much cash in favour of it actually happening. After all, it's been the best part of a decade since we saw Jurassic Park III (which we've written in defence of here), and while there have been very sporadic smatterings of news since, there seems little inclination to pick up the cameras and get the dinosaurs moving again.
As he puts the finishing touches to next February's The Wolfman, Jurassic Park III director Joe Johnston has, however, been talking about another sequel. And he's told AintItCoolNews, "There is a great story for the fourth one that I would be interested in getting involved with and it's nothing like the first three. It sort of takes the franchise off in a completely different direction, which is the only way I would want to get involved."
Furthermore, he hints at a potential (although, again, we suspect unlikely) future trilogy. "Why would anybody go back to that island?" he says. "It was hard enough to figure out the second and third reason for them to go, but it would take it off in a whole other trilogy basically, but when it gets to that level it's sort of about studios and Steven's thing and who knows. I think we are at that point where we are due for another one if we are going to do it."
It does seem that it's pretty much in Steven Spielberg's hands, and were he to say that it was going ahead, then chances are it would go ahead. But the mix of news over the past few years on the project has both suggested that the franchise is now dead, or that some of the original cast are coming back.
Hopefully this one will clear up soon, as this writer, at least, is mighty keen to sit through another Jurassic Park movie. And don't forget to check out the intriguing AinItCoolNews piece here.