Written By: Ken Hulsey
Back in 2008, immediately after the death of Jurassic Park author writer Michael Crichton, Universal and producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy announced that they had decided to abandon any hopes of producing a fourth film.
That was two years ago, it it seems that everyone involved has gotten over mourning the loss of Crichton and are now ready to go forward with "Jurassic Park 4", plus "5" and "6", for that matter.
"Jurassic Park 3" director Joe Johnston has now come forward and announced that Universal is ready to launch a brand new trilogy that will be a whole new bread of cat.
"There is going to be a Jurassic Park IV. And it's going to be unlike anything you've seen. It breaks away from the first three - it's essentially the beginning of the second Jurassic Park trilogy. It's going to be done in a completely different way.
"If you think of the first three as a trilogy, number four would be the beginning of a second trilogy. We just want to make them justified in their own right. We don't want to make sequel after sequel just because there's a market for it. We want to tell different, interesting stories."
The last time anyone heard about "Jurassic Park 4", was way back in August of 2007. At that time, Laura Dern had been reportedly cast to reprise her role as Ellie Sattler from the first film.
It seems unlikely now, that the studio wants to go in a different direction, that Dern will be involved.
Also flashing back to 2007, I want to revisit two of the rumored plots for the film, which as weird as they sound, could be in line with '(being).....done in a completely different way'.
The first revolved around the United States government fitting dinosaurs with mounted weapons to use against drug runners in South America.
......yeh, I know......WTF?!
The second revolved around a group of soldiers that were human-dinosaur hybrids.
......Yeh, I know........WTF?!
Hopefully Johnston, Marshall and Kennedy won't pursue any of those ideas, but it does make you wonder just how they are going to re-boot the "Jurassic Park" franchise?
I don't think anyone wants to see soldiers riding dinos or mutated dino super-soldiers.
I would hope that they would produce something more in line with the Charles H. Schneer and Ray Harryhausen classic, "The Valley of Gwangi".
That may be too much to wish for. Would be cool though.
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