Universal Delays ‘Jurassic Park 4’ Release

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Bryce Dallas Howard and David Oyelowo were front-runners to join the cast

Guests will have to wait a little longer to re-enter “Jurassic Park.”

Universal Pictures has decided to take the film off its June 13, 2014, release date for the long-awaited sequel to “Jurassic Park 4.”

In a statement from Universal, the studio says, “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.”

SEE ALSO: Colin Trevorrow to Direct ‘Jurassic Park 4’ for Universal

Rumblings began to surface last night of a possible delay to the production when several crew members tweeted that the production was being halted.

The project was already on a tight schedule when the studio dated the film before it tapped a director to come on board. “Safety Not Guaranteed” helmer Colin Trevorrow was eventually selected but as part of his deal had asked the studio if he could re-work the script with writing partner Derek Connolly.

Even with a script being worked out, the studio had begun meeting with actors and had focused on thesps such as Bryce Dallas Howard and David Oyelowo as front-runners to join the cast. The idea was once a script was done and greenlight given that offers could be given out immediately and production get under way without any worry of getting off schedule due to casting meetings.

While delays are never a good thing, this is hardly a troubling sign for the production but more of the fact that Universal may have simply gotten too far ahead of itself when setting the original date.

Trevorrow  is rewriting the script with Connelly, whom he worked with on Sundance hit “Safety Not Guaranteed.”

Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver penned the original script but no plot details have been revealed.

Frank Marshall is producing with Spielberg exec producing.

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  1. Nick Adams says:

    They need to get their crap together. How to make it more epic? Have a virus reach the mainland that stems from and does not harm the dinosaur species but is killing off the human race.

    A villainous foreign group can be planning to wreak havoc by shipping dinosaurs to the mainland to attack American shores and a group of American scientists led by Lex (Hammond’s granddaughter) is sent to Isla Nublar to find the viral cure which is hidden somewhere in the park.

    They will race the villainous group to the viral cure through a 20-year old theme park overrun by dinosaurs and unfinished sections of the park, including the aviary (included in the original book) and an underwater park which is hiding the most dangerous water dinosaurs of all.

    All the while, dinosaurs are released by the villainous foreign group, crashing American shores and battling the US Army. All hope lies on the team led by Lex to find the cure and save the future of mankind.


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  2. Truth says:


    Refuting the rumors:
    1) Laying-off the art department because of “creative differences” is a load of malarkey. Most of the art department’s work is never seen on screen because it is mostly concept art which is rejected. Look at any DVD/Blu-Ray bonus features and you’ll notice that most of the work is not used. A small percentage of their work is used and that is routine. Plus, they take their orders from the Production Designer or Art Director – they are simply workers who shape someone else’s visions. Firing them would be blaming the problems on the little guy who takes orders rather than the one that gives them.

    2) Directors on most studio films are just hired hands who are expected to shepherd the film from script to screen. Sure, they can change the script but do you really expect Universal, Marshall, and Spielberg to bend over backwards for an unproven director? Plus, his changes must be so radical that he removed most of the Silver/Jaffa script’s material. We’re not talking about a few scenes being added here and there. If this is true, it must mean that all the big set pieces and events have changed SO MUCH that they must scrap MOST OF THE WORK that had already been done.

    3) Now, having said number #2’s points, do you think they would’ve hired Trevorrow so he could change the script so much and delay a multi-million dollar investment for Universal? No, they hired someone because they were supposedly confident in the material and it was ready to be produced.

    4) Why after almost a year of the script being written are their doubts now? The writers were hired in June 2012 (almost a year ago) to write the script. Clearly, everyone liked it (Marshall, Spielberg, and Universal) enough to hire a director. So a month or two before shooting, all of a sudden, there is DOUBT about the script from THE NEWBIE, UNPROVEN DIRECTOR. This doubt causes everyone with much more experience and clout to say “ Nah, we were wrong with this material, let’s start a fresh, abandon all our work, fire everyone, and start new.”

    5) Let’s say the execs really love this director and “his vision” – are you really going to choose this young, unproven indie director’s vision over the Silver/Jaffa material. Silver and Jaffa have resurrected a once dead franchise and turned it into a critically acclaimed, multi-million dollar money maker with a sequel already on the way (Planet of the Apes). So, Universal said to themselves “We really don’t like the script the way it is even though the screenwriters have a proven track record. We’re going to delay the film, mess up the timing of our film release slate, spend more money than expected on making it more “EPIC” because this indie guy said we should.”

    Okay then, so what’s behind it. Here are my takes on what the REAL REASON FOR THE DELAY IS:

    a) Trevorrow can’t handle the film – plain and simple. The fact is he just tweeted a location scout pic of Isla Nublar a few damned days ago. Why would you tweet a pic of that island (let alone go all the way to Hawaii for location scout work) if you aren’t ready to shoot the damn movie? Isn’t he supposedly working on the script? It doesn’t add up.

    So, it’s possible Universal are not having creative differences with the art department (which is ridiculous) but with Trevorrow. He may get fired or replaced, but because he is friendly with Spielberg and Marshall they went to let him off easy.

    b) Universal are not happy with JP3D re-release and do not feel confident that JPIV would be a money maker. Now, 40 million+ for a re-release is very good, but maybe they are analyzing the numbers and have done some research that indicates spending 100 million+ dollars on a new JP (not including marketing costs) would not be a wise investment and generate a significant profit.

    Now here is the real kicker no one has thought of. It may or may not be true, it is a conspiracy theory and I’m going to throw it out there

    c) There NEVER were any concrete PLANS for JPIV. This whole charade was done to gin up some publicity for JP3D and also test the waters for a POTENTIAL JPIV. They knew the diehards would flock to JP3D (even more so) if they knew a number four was on the way. So, they promised a number 4 to generate more interest in the re-release. LOOK AT THE TIMING, they announce the delay AFTER JP 3D has been released already for weeks! YET THEY ANNOUNCE A DIRECTOR a few months BEFORE JP3D IS RELEASED. THE TIMING OF ALL THEIR ANNOUCEMENTS IS USED TO RAISE HOPES BEFORE THE RE-RELEASE BUT WAIT A FEW WEEKS AFTER JP3D HAS BEEN OUT TO SHUTTER ALL THE ACTIVITY.
    If it is just a minor delay, why lay-off staff, scrap plans, not hire any actors, and most importantly NOT ANNOUNCE A NEW RELEASE DATE.

    It’s not true that a proven director couldn’t get the film out by June 2014. Probably, Trevorrow can’t but somebody else could.
    Do you know that they can edit the movie the same day they shoot the scenes? Steven Soderbergh does it all the time – during shooting, he and his editor each night begin assembling the movie. It can be done.

    So the real reason for the delay is NOT THE OFFICIAL STATEMENT/RUMORS.

    • Bunny says:

      Dude, you had me convinced until point ‘(c’, for by that stage your fanboyness overtook your previous astute analyses.

      Such a shame JPIV is in the hands of a no-one instead of someone that will bring cold blooded life to it. As I remember Universal managed to shoot and release the previous JP instalment within less than a year, tough that flick was plagued by no end of problems with David Koepp parachuted in at the final hour to rewrite the script, and William H. Macy complaining that the shoot was a $100 million ship launched without a rudder. Even JP2 had its original ending, consisting of flying dinosaurs attacking a helicopter, scrapped at the last minute in favor of the T-rex in San Diego.

      Universal has always been a clumsy bunch.

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  4. LOL says:

    Jesus Christ, they can spin out like four Borne movies, half-a-dozen Fast and Furiouses, and any number of American Pie confections, but a crowning jewel like Jurassic Park still evades Universal Pictures.

    In all honesty, JP is too much a ’90s entity. It’s a franchise all about classic set-pieces instead of great stories. Nonetheless, this trend of hiring cheap and unknown helmers like this Trevorrow (who?) person reeks of stupidity. Hire someone with class and pedigree, not some guy who worked in the NBC mailroom up until a year ago.

    Spielberg is out of order in thinking he’s above directing another JP movie. His films suck now, and he’d be doing himself a favour in having another knees-up with his oversized reptilian friends again because last time he made one he got on the front cover of TIME magazine.

  5. Dinoslayer says:

    The world is changing so rapidly and we’re all running to catch up. I won’t jump to any conclusions but look, lowest common denominators and quality storytelling, two terms separated by six billion human minds are constantly brought into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea of what to expect? We just don’t know.

    • TechFan says:

      They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could produce this sequel, they didn’t stop to think if they should.

  6. Myron.Nash says:

    I get it. They want it to be a Box Office hit just like the first 3. I can understand that. It has been 12 years since the last movie.

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