No Jurassic Park 4?

Producers admit it might be extinct after all

Say goodbye to the idea of dinosaurs with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads: it looks like Jurassic Park 4 is dead.

Okay, so maybe the weaponised terrible lizards weren’t a concept likely to fly (no matter how much screenwriter John Sayles liked the idea). But Jurassic Park 4 has been in development for so long that we actually started to look forward to it.

But now producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy have all but shot down the idea. “"No, I don't know. You know, when (Michael) Crichton passed away, I sorta felt maybe that's it,” Kennedy told Coming Soon. Maybe that's a sign that we don't mess with it."

The future?

Of course, given the bucket loads of money the franchise has made for Universal over the years, we doubt it’ll completely give it up as extinct.

It’s more likely that it’ll drift back into development limbo, where screenwriters such as William Monaghan – the last person to have a crack at the script – will still get the chance to indulge their wildest Jurassic ideas.


Question: Which dinosaurs would look cooler with laser beams attached to their heads?


    • ashley.russell

      Dec 8th 2008, 9:57

      Crichton only wrote 2 books, yet they still made a 3rd film. The fact that he's dead now shouldn't really matter as he wasn't really involved in them any more. Personally, I'd love to see a 4th film. As for the laser beams, I'd say compies, there's so many of them it'd be like death via a mini rave.

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    • Snuggly

      Dec 8th 2008, 21:25

      This makes me sad. I am the biggest Jurassic geek and the first film, I'm not ashamed to say, is my favourite film of all time. It's got dinosaurs in it people! DINOSAURS! The Dirty Dozen Dinos concept was out there but I kinda dug it. If mankind really did resurrect dinosaurs I'd give it three weeks before someone stuck guns on them and shipped them off to Iraqistan.

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    • PabloDiablo

      Dec 9th 2008, 5:08

      I think I would always welcome a new Jurassic Park even if they told me Uwe Boll was directing in and it was called "Not Another Jurassic Park Movie", but upgraded dinosaurs? Robosaurus Rex? Come on! Why??? The only reason I can think is Dr. Evil's explanation ("I figure every creature deserves a warm meal"). Surely Spielberg would never have let that fly? Even after the frickin gopher in Indiana Jones. And the fridge. And the ants. Surely there's no way he'd introduce sci-fi to yet another of his once great action movie franchises??? Okay, so maybe he would have let it fly. Goddammit, someone needs to keep George Lucas away from Steven Spielberg! He's giving him ideas, and they're all absolute a**e cleft! Surely there are enough unused breeds of dinosaurs, and enough cliff hanging situations to make a movie that doesn't involve turning one of the biggest summer franchises into an Austin Powers joke. I thought I heard a rumour about Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill being in this on. That would be great. Bring back their "I hate you but I wanna be like you" dynamic. And turn Goldblum back into the cool one that he was in the first movie, not the wet wipe he was in the second. Maybe have him get really drunk and try it on with dinosaur. Life finds a way, Jeff! Hell, anything's better than weapons.

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    • asfm1

      Dec 9th 2008, 11:32

      The Jurassic Park idea has been done.2 and 3 are really just remakes of 1 and if Jurassic Park 4 is just Jurassic Park version 4.0, I'm not interested. Remaking the same film over and over in slight variations is exactly how you kill a franchise (quality-wise). Many of the best sequels (for example, Aliens and Terminator 2) are more than mere remakes of the original, and that's what JP should be if they make another. It has ties to JP, but it's not just the same story over and over again. I would like to see a new JP flick, but something completely new. Something with dinosaurs, but something we haven't seen before. Like a JP film modelled after a zombie film, or something. Might be interesting to see dinosaurs hunting people and people hunting them back in an urban environment.

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