After more than a decade of fruitless attempts to get Jurassic Park 4 off the ground, Universal Pictures is finally plowing ahead on the sequel, though not as soon as we thought. The studio was planning on putting this one together at a breakneck pace to meet a June 2014 release date, but last month, Universal made a smart move, delaying the sequel for an unspecified time in order to deliver a quality product.
Word last month was that the latest draft of the screenplay surprised the studio with its scale and potential for dino-spectacle, prompting Universal to deviate from studio standard operating procedure, sacrificing a release date in order to fulfill that potential for a proper Jurassic Park sequel.
So what have director Colin Trevorrow and the screenwriting duo of Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa cooked up that so impressed the Universal brass?
Back when JP4 was still set for summer 2014, Trevorrow indicated that his sequel will take place on Isla Nublar, the site of the original Jurassic Park. According to purported story synopsis provided to JoBlo by a "trusted and reliable source," the island has changed a lot since 1993, becoming the dinosaur amusement park John Hammond dreamed of before a T-Rex ate his lawyer and velociraptors hunted his grandchildren.
Here's the rumored breakdown of the sequel concept. Obviously, this could be interpreted as a big SPOILER.
JURASSIC PARK 4, set in present day Isla Nublar, is now an actual theme park, as originally intended by John Hammond in the first film. It garners 10 million visitors per year and is completely safe - until it's not. The park itself is described as very Sea World-esque and includes an area called the Isla Nublar Lagoon. That means underwater dino's for the first time. No indication of what kind, but there's concept art showing one of the aquatic dino's, as part of a show, jumping out of the lagoon and eating a strung up great white shark like it was a fish for a dolphin at sea world.
As part of a show, you ask? That's right, folks, this will feature "tamed" dino's. In fact, our source indicated that the usually menacing Velociraptors (which will finally be muzzled, along with the T-Rex - until they're not) will actually be used to help fight the threat, which begins in the form of a new dinosaur, not seen in any of the previous films (and not disclosed to us) shows to be much smarter than originally thought and is the main cause of havoc breaking out at the park.
So, to sum it all up, JURASSIC PARK 4 will take place back on Isla Nublar with a fully operational dinosaur theme park (I'm sure no expense was spared) that's both prosperous and safe, until a new dinosaur figures out a way to wreak havoc, causing the use of the now tamed Velociraptors (and T-Rex? Unclear) as a means to fighting the threat.
No word on the characters populating the story, but the concept could allow for pretty much an entirely new cast.
Just like the third Jaws. The Jaws 3D similarities don't end with the theme park story and possibility of underwater shenanigans. Jurassic Park 4 is also going to be presented in 3D. Unlike so many blockbusters, though, this one is expected to be shot in the format rather than converted in post-production.
Trevorrow made a pitch perfect debut with Safety Not Guaranteed, and if this synopsis is accurate, he has his work cut out for him on his sophomore feature and his first summer mega-movie. Silver and Jaffa also have a promising track record, having last written Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a film that combined pop-science and spectacle in a way that very much fits with Jurassic Park.
This third sequel is expected to hit theaters in the summer of 2015.
What do you think of this concept? Is it real? Does it appeal to you? Will you put your butt in a seat for the first Jurassic Park since 2001?