'Tripoli' scribe returning to 'Park' pen
Universal Pictures is moving forward with a fourth installment of “Jurassic Park” to be penned by William Monahan.Kathleen Kennedy will again produce. Pic will again see hapless humans pitted against dinosaurs created from ancient strands of DNA. Steven Spielberg directed the 1993 “Jurassic Park” and its 1997 sequel, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park.” Joe Johnston helmed the most recent edition in 2001. Pics earned $1.9 billion in worldwide theatrical release. Overseeing the project is U prexy of production Mary Parent. Monahan most recently penned “Tripoli,” an epic drama set in the 18th century and based on the true story of a U.S. diplomat who joined forces with an exiled king to overthrow the corrupt ruler of a North African nation. Ridley Scott will direct that pic, as well as another historical drama that Monahan is writing about the 11th century Crusades. Kennedy most recently produced “Signs” for Touchstone Pictures and is producing the Tobey Maguire starrer “Seabiscuit” for U and Spyglass Entertainment.