And the past comes alive once again: we’ve got a brief report that Jurassic Park 4 has been given a release date by Universal. All the info available now is from THR’s Borys Kit, who says,
Deadline adds that the film will be shot in native 3D. The film will be based on the script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), who were hired to write last year for producers Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. Their draft was delivered this week, and now the search for a director is on. (With Spielberg’s Robopocalypse delayed, expect much speculation about him directing this episode. Nothing to that effect is even hinted right now, much less confirmed.) But Universal is confident enough in the process to nail down a release date, at least. We don’t have any story info yet.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
The trick for any sequel is to balance the old with the new. A good one should deliver more of what made the last movie a hit, but avoid retracing too many of the exact same steps. But that order gets harder to fill as the series churns out more and more installments, each less surprising than the last. Sometimes, it starts to look like all that’s left to do is simply take the franchise in a whole new direction.
Like, say, shifting the focus from dinosaurs to terrifying human-dino hybrids in a fourth Jurassic Park movie. Or traveling back to 16th century China for The Karate Kid, Part III. Obviously, neither of those concepts actually ever came to be — but concept art from a scrapped idea for Jurassic Park IV and an interview with Karate Kid writer Robert Mark Kamen offer some insight into what could’ve been. More after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, September 28th, 2012 by Angie Han
Read all about these sequel-related odds and ends after the jump:
- Would Penelope Cruz do Pirates of the Caribbean 5?
- Kathleen Kennedy offers a minor Jurassic Park 4 update
- Catching Fire announces the rest of its supporting cast
- Scary Movie 5 still shows a Mob Wife and a Real Housewife
- Prometheus Blu trailer promises answers and new footage
- Judge rules that Paramount can make more Godfather films
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Life finds a way, right? That can hold true for the life of film franchises, even ones that lay dormant for a decade or more.
A fourth Jurassic Park film has been a project hovering in various states of limbo since not long after the release of Joe Johnston’s Jurassic Park III in 2001. Last year Thor writer Mark Protosevich was working with Steven Spielberg to come up with ideas for a fourth film, and now Universal has taken the next step.
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who wrote Rise of the Planet of the Apes, will write Jurassic Part IV for Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s not so unexpected for a hit movie to get a sequel a year or two out, but it’s also becoming increasingly common for franchises to pick up with the characters again ten or even twenty years after the last installment. In this edition of Sequel Bits, we have a handful of possible upcoming projects that look back to the ’80s and ’90s for inspiration. After the jump:
- Tim Burton considers getting involved with Beetlejuice 2
- Steven Spielberg won’t be directing Jurassic Park 4
- Edward Burns could revisit his debut The Brothers McMullan, twenty years later
- Peter Facinelli discusses the possibility (or lack thereof) of a Can’t Hardly Wait 2
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Posted on Monday, December 5th, 2011 by Angie Han
2011 was the biggest year ever for sequels, with a record-breaking 27 scheduled to hit theaters. And while it’s too early to say exactly how many we can expect in 2012 and beyond, judging by posts like this one it seems safe to say that the trend won’t be dying down anytime soon. After the jump:
- Entertainment Weekly unveils the first look at Sam Worthington in Wrath of the Titans
- Sony registers domain names for the as-yet-unannounced Insidious 2
- Steven Spielberg’s longtime producer Kathleen Kennedy says Jurassic Park 4 is still looking for “a great script”
- Kennedy also says the sequel to The Adventures of Tintin could hit as early as Christmas 2014
- Bradley Cooper reveals that The Hangover Part III could start shooting in L.A. in September
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Friendship can often be fraught with difficult negotiations. When friends are involved in creative endeavors, some disagreement and compromise is guaranteed to be in order. Take George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, who have been friends and occasional collaborators for decades. Their friendship launched the Indiana Jones film series, the last installment of which isn’t quite a fan favorite.
Even Spielberg seems to recognize that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull isn’t such a great film, as per comments he made at a recent screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. He even seems down on the basic story of the picture, but explains that his friendship and partnership with Lucas is what pushed it forward. Film is all about compromise, even if you’re one of the biggest names in filmmaking. Read on… Read More »
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At the Adventures of Tintin panel at the 2011 San Diego Comic Con, Steven Spielberg gave an update on the future of the Jurassic Park franchise. Spielberg revealed that they have come up with a story for a fourth film, and they currently have a writer working on a treatment. He enthusiastically added that “and hopefully we’ll make it in the next two or three years”.