Inside Move: ‘Jurassic’ elects scribes

Plot points remain highly guarded

Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, co-writers on last year’s “Election,” have been tapped for a production polish on “Jurassic Park III.”

Payne, who also directed “Election” and is currently in Omaha scouting film locations, will perform the “JP III” script work before commencing his next helming job, New Line’s “About Schmidt,” which he’s also penning with Taylor.

Details of plot points for the second “Jurassic” sequel have been highly guarded, with production execs only acknowledging some previous script work by scribe Peter Buchman. Universal officials confirmed the attachment of new writers on Wednesday.

The modern-dinosaurs franchise was launched in 1993, directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Michael Crichton and David Koepp. Spielberg also helmed the 1997 sequel, “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” from a screenplay by Koepp based on a Crichton novel, “The Lost World.”

Payne is repped by Endeavor, Taylor by the William Morris Agency.

Meanwhile, sources said William H. Macy has been offered a role in the Joe Johnston-helmed “JP III,” for which Sam Neill is attached to reprise his starring role. Filming is set to commence Aug. 28, a month later than when an offer was originally rejected by Macy six weeks ago over schedule conflicts. Macy isn’t expected to respond to the overture until he’s seen the script rewrite.

A spokeswoman at Writers & Artists, which reps Macy, declined comment. Producers on the U release include Amblin Entertainment, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall, who weren’t available.

The two “Jurassic Park” films have generated more than $1.5 billion in combined worldwide box office revenue. No release date has been set for the second sequel.