Steven Spielberg Teams with Screenwriter to Discuss Story Ideas for Jurassic Park 4
Posted 06.17.11 by Ryan
It's a long-gestating sequel, with Jurassic Park III hitting theaters 10 years ago. Last January, Captain America: The First Avenger and Jurassic Park III director Joe Johnston revealed "there's going to be a Jurassic Park IV", and that it would spark another trilogy of Jurassic Park movies. While no confirmation of that has occurred, it does seem that Steven Spielberg is interested in returning to the prehistoric amusement park.
THR says that Spielberg and I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich have met twice to discuss story ideas for a fourth installment. While the report stresses that the meetings were purely exploratory, the sequel seems more likely with the involvement of Spielberg, who directed the first two Jurassic Park movies.
The original trilogy was a huge success for Universal Studios, earning $767 million in U.S. box office alone. The worldwide total is almost $2 billion. So, yes, there's some interest there.
However, according to Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III actor Sam Neill, the series is "done." At least that's what Neill recently told MTV.
I think we've told the story. I think it's done. The other thing is that [effects expert] Stan Winston, who made those beautiful dinosaurs, died. So, no Stan, no Jurassic Park really... [and author Michael] Crichton died too.
Jurassic Park III was the first sequel not based on one of Crichton's books. Despite Neill's comments, it might not be the last.