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What if I told you that Michael Crichton wrote a novel before he died, that has yet to be published? What if I told you that Steven Spielberg, director of Jurassic Park, was developing a big screen adaptation of Crichton’s unpublished novel?

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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.

Discuss: Were you really looking forward to Jurassic Park 4?

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Jurassic Park Author Michael Crichton Dies

Various news outlets are reporting that Michael Crichton, the author most famous for Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain, has died at the age of 66 after an unpublicized battle with cancer. In addition to writing some of the most memorable books of our time, Crichton has been involved in various film and television projects. He co-wrote the screenplay for Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, created the hit show ER, and is also a capable director, having directed such films as Westworld and The First Great Train Robbery.

I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that Crichton’s works have significantly shaped my life. His ability to intermix thrilling science-fiction with his medical and scientific background has led to some the best works of fiction in the past few decades. In recent years he became an outspoken critic against the theory of global warming—and even though I vehemently disagree with most of his arguments, I have no shame in admitting that he raised the level of discourse for both sides.

His reps released the following on his website:

Best-selling author Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 4, 2008 after a courageous and private battle against cancer.

While the world knew him as a great story teller that challenged our preconceived notions about the world around us — and entertained us all while doing so — his wife Sherri, daughter Taylor, family and friends knew Michael Crichton as a devoted husband, loving father and generous friend who inspired each of us to strive to see the wonders of our world through new eyes. He did this with a wry sense of humor that those who were privileged to know him personally will never forget.

Through his books, Michael Crichton served as an inspiration to students of all ages, challenged scientists in many fields, and illuminated the mysteries of the world in a way we could all understand.

He will be profoundly missed by those whose lives he touched, but he leaves behind the greatest gifts of a thirst for knowledge, the desire to understand, and the wisdom to use our minds to better our world.

Michael’s family respectfully asks for privacy during this difficult time.

A private funeral service is expected, but no further details will be released to the public.

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