Colin Trevorrow's 'Jurassic Park 4' Possibly Put on Hold Indefinitely?

May 8, 2013
Source: AICN

Jurassic Park 4

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 (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.

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Please let it go.

DAVIDPD on May 8, 2013


I don't see why they rush shoots anyway. What's wrong with summer 2015? It's not as if its worth less money than 2014. And you're likely to have a more profitable product if you allow the artists to work longer. edit: In case it comes up, I'm aware Star Wars and Avengers are apparently releasing summer 2015, but its a big season, I think they'd do all right and could find their own space.

OfficialJab on May 8, 2013


2015 is worth less money than 2014 if you are working on an aggregated release schedule; any delay is a decline in profit since it also concurrently delays other projects that would be put into development sooner if the film was released in 2014.

wernerberner on May 8, 2013


True. This "put on hold" might end up being a $25-50 million bill...

David Banner on May 9, 2013


Also companies, I imagine even movie companies, measure their profits quarterly so what if this movie is an important part of making a good quarterly profit? Also, I don't know what movies they have coming out 2014 I can only find Minions and Ride Along (Kevin Hart action-comedy) so they might need movies in 2014 and already have good projects for 2015.

si1ver on May 9, 2013


I was talking about this release date a couple of days ago with some pals. I'm a huge fan, HUGE, of the JP franchise and I'd much rather wait for JP4 to hit theaters the summer (or any time) of 2015 than have it hit in 2014, when nothing has started yet! After seeing how JP3 went (yes there were some cool new dinos) but I don't want the return of JP4 to be a half ass project like JP3. So make it a stellar summer of 2015 and bring JP4 then. Just make it happen but more importantly, make it perfect.

JBrotsis on May 8, 2013


Universal Releases Official Statement About Jurassic Park 4

Luke Cavanagh on May 8, 2013


Oh, you're having script problems? PROBLEM SOLVED: EXT: JUNGLE [CAPTION: ISLA NUBLAR, 2012 (fifteen years after the incident at Jurassic Park) We open on a twenty-something young man, trembling inside a derelict wood cabin. The man is worn, unhealthy, yet still appears stable and capable. The cabin's structure is fine - a sign of professional carpentry, not haphhazard skill. We hear the sound of scratching and etching as sawdust and woodchips fall to the boys bare, bloodied feet. The camera rises slowly up the smooth wood wall, where we see scrawl marks. Tally marks. Too many to count. And then, the object making the scrawls - the sharpest, longest raptor claw you have ever seen. Only this isn't a fossil; this one is real, hinted at by the pieces of dried flesh on the thick end. Then we cut to eyes; human eyes. Big, blue eyes; curiously anxious, yet weathered to the point of confidence. We have seen these eyes before. Pan out, and we see that the young man inside the derelict shed is in fact VOLUNTEER BOY #1 (Whit Hertford) from JURASSIC PARK. Strewn across the floor of his shed are Y-Rations and vending machine candy; scattered pamphlets from Nublar's Jurassic Park that have been turned into kindle for fire and toilet paper. Suddently, a noise; VOLUNTEER BOY twitches his head right. He recognizes this sound: velociraptor. Clad in a tattered white lab coat and torn khaki pants, he looks at his weapons cache: the hunter's shotgun, with three shells. Rocks sharpened to a razor's edge. Then, he finds his weapon of choice - a machete fastened to the end of a 4-foot-long structural pole. On his way out, he slips his fingers inside a small vase and places a drop of T-Rex urine on his neck, to thwart the smaller beings. He dips his other hand into a low-laying plastic bowl, and uses the red liquid inside to make warpaint across his face. Raptor blood. Then, he opens the door, and walks into the blinding light outside. Music crescendoes as he walks out, door slams and cut to black. Title Screen: JURASSIC PARK 4

ds NYC on May 8, 2013


im enticed. how does volunteer boy get on the island though?

lurassic on May 9, 2013


Hopefully this means they'll take time to make a good movie but this isn't good. Delays usually mean the movie is poorly planned and you don't see many great movies get delayed.

si1ver on May 9, 2013

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