After the sad news of Michael Crichton’s death last month, some people were left wondering about the fate of the mostly-amazingly-successful Jurassic Park film franchise. Rumors of a fourth film have been kicking around for quite some time, but now it looks like they have finally been put to bed.

According to Comingsoon, producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy were speaking at a junket for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button when they revealed that there have been no developments on JP4. When asked about the film, Kennedy said:

No… I don’t know. You know, when Crichton passed away, I sorta felt maybe that’s it. Maybe that’s a sign that we don’t mess with it.

For me, this is actually good news. While I thought Spielberg’s Jurassic Park was a kickass adventure and a fairly faithful adaptation, The Lost World kind of took things off the rails, what with Spielberg’s insistence at having a dinosaur terrorize the mainland (a plot element not found in Crichton’s original book). Of course, Jurassic Park 3 was a money grab, which they didn’t even directly base off of any source material. I thought the results were fairly catastrophic. In other words, they had already taken this franchise and ran it into the ground.  Hopefully, it too can rest in peace now.

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