Universal has been trying to keep the Jurassic Park franchise alive for a while. Despite being relatively mishandled from the moment the first film was a hit, the original classic still holds enough respect and love to warrant a fourth trip into that world.
One of the great urban legends of modern Hollywood is the bug-nutter Jurassic Park 4 script that included an elite squad of talking, super intelligent dinosaurs who were hunting down the normal dinosaurs in the people world. Given the two JP sequels we did get, you understand why people were inclined to believe that.
All signs point to that idea being scrapped, as Deadline reports Universal brought on a quality writing duo to work on Jurassic Park 4:
Universal is setting Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver to write the script for the fourth film, which will be produced by Steven Spielberg and Kennedy/Marshall’s Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. Spielberg won’t direct this one.
For those unfamiliar with Jaffa and Silver, they were the writers behind last year’s excellent Rise of the Planet of the Apes. That film’s blend of science and disaster make them a seemingly great choice for the Jurassic Park franchise.
A little sad that Spielberg is already off the table as a director, but there are many other directors who could breath some new life into the franchise. In the meantime, Jurassic Park fans can get excited about the 3D release, set to hit theaters July 2013.