Colin Trevorrow's 'Jurassic Park 4' Possibly Put on Hold Indefinitely?
Well, this is certainly bad news, but honestly, I'm not surprised. Just a couple of months ago, Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow was announced as the man behind Jurassic Park 4 for producer Steven Spielberg. Just last week the director even posted a location scout picture showing that the sequel would return to Isla Nublar, the island from the original film. However, if some tweets (which have since been deleted) from crew working on the film are to be believed, then it sounds like Jurassic Park 4 has been put on hold indefinitely. But there is a conflicting piece of information that might give fans some hope.
First, AICN pointed out the updates on Twitter featuring concept artist Dean Sherriff simply saying, "JP4 on hold." Meanwhile, digital assets manager, Todd Smoyer, said, "Hollywood makes and crushes dreams. Goodbye JP4." That sounds pretty bleak. But a source at JurassicPark4-Movie.com (which is not a tested resource) says that someone close to production says the film isn't delayed indefinitely but is taking a short hiatus while the studio has a "restructuring of the guard." Apparently Universal is not seeing eye-to-eye with some of the development crew, and some people are being laid off and let go while these issues get sorted out. However, Colin Trevorrow is still very much directing.
There are some rumblings going around the one of the largest issues is the script right now, and that Universal is having a hellacious time finalizing it before going in front of cameras. So that's not good. If anything, this is probably good news for the production, because if they can't meet the June 13th, 2014 release date, then they might hold off on rushing production. After all, that release is just over a year today, which is a very short time to shoot a visual effects heavy film and finish it on time. Hopefully Universal releases some sort of official statement on this matter soon.
UPDATE: Universal Pictures has released an official statement saying: "In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal's beloved franchise. We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise's storied history." So that's bad news, but also good news. We're just glad they're not going to rush the film.