Jurassic Park in Theatres Once More?

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Since 3D re-releases seem to be all the rage these days (thanks to The Lion King), we’ll soon get the opportunity to re-watch some fan favorites in theaters. Disney has a full slate of 3D re-releases planned, including Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid, and now comes word that dinosaurs will once again terrorize movie theaters, though this time it’ll be in three dimensions. Variety’s Jeff Sneider reports that Jurassic Park is set for a 3D re-release on July 19th, 2013. That weekend is currently only home to the DreamWorks Animation film Turbo, but it’s also a couple weeks after Steven Spielberg’s Robopocalypse hits theaters.

Steve (the Collider one) spoke with producer Kathleen Kennedy about the possible 3D re-release of Jurassic Park back in December. At the time she said they only wanted to do the 3D conversion if they could do it right, with Kennedy clarifying that that means Spielberg and director of photography Janusz Kaminski would be sitting down and evaluating the film frame-by-frame. Hit the jump to see what else she had to say about Jurassic Park’s 3D conversion.

jurassic-park-3d-imageIt should be noted that the director of photography on Jurassic Park was Dean Cundey, but Kaminski has been Spielberg’s collaborator for years so it’s possible he’d be the one sitting down with Spielberg. Kennedy explained the importance of having the cinematographer sit down with the director for the 3D post-conversion:

“I’m not a huge proponent of post-conversion, but I think if the filmmaker gets intricately involved in the post-conversion—it’s not just a technological exercise—then I think it can be really, really good and I think Jurassic Park is a perfect example of a movie that could work really, really well as a 3D picture…I also think it’s tricky because unless you framed the movie with [3D] in mind, not all those shots—quick cutting, that kind of thing—it’s not necessarily going to translate, and so that’s why you’ve gotta have the DP and you’ve gotta have the director frame-by-frame involved in the process of that conversion.”

In essence, this means that Universal must have signed off on Spielberg being hands-on in the post-conversion of Jurassic Park. This is incredibly reassuring, as we’ll not only know that Jurassic Park 3D has the Steven Spielberg seal of approval, but also that Spielberg was intricately involved in the conversion process. Now, ready the kid inside of you for a stupendous experience at the movies next July.

Another Possible Set-back for JP4?

Releasing JP4 in 2014 means it will be up against the likes of Maleficent, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Amazing Spider-Man 2, the X-Men: First Class sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, not to mention Jaffa and Silver’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Not all of those are summer releases of course, but we saw the effect one blockbuster can have on another this year when the Bourne film was moved further from The Avengers date and G.I. Joe Retaliation was held back until next year. I wonder if they’ll take the schedules into account when moving forward with JP4?

The Long Awaited Jurassic Park IV!!!!

In June 2002 director Steven Spielberg told Starlog magazine that he planned to produce Jurassic Park IV and that director Joe Johnston, who helmed Jurassic Park III, would direct. In November 2002 screenwriter William Monahan was hired to write,[23] with the film’s release slated for summer 2005.[24] In July 2003, Monahan completed the first draft, with the story no longer set in the jungle.[25] Actor Sam Neill said he was returning as Dr. Alan Grant, with filming expected to begin in 2004 in California and Hawaii.[26] In September 2004 screenwriter John Sayles was re-writing the script, with the film re-slated for a winter 2005 release.[27]

In October 2004 paleontologist Jack Horner said he would return as technical adviser for the fourth film as he had done for previous Jurassic Park films.[28] By April 2005 special effects artist Stan Winston explained that the delay in production was due to repeated revisions of the film’s script, none of which satisfied Spielberg. According to Winston, “He felt neither of [the drafts] balanced the science and adventure elements effectively. It’s a tough compromise to reach, as too much science will make the movie too talky, but too much adventure will make it seem hollow.”[29][30] In March 2007 Laura Dern was asked to return for the new film, which Universal still wanted to release by 2008.[31] Director Joe Johnston was also reported not to be directing the film.[32]Richard Attenborough has been contacted about reprising the role of John Hammond.[33]Jeff Goldblum has expressed some interest in reprising his role, of Ian Malcolm, for the fourth film.[34]

In December 2008 Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy were asked if there was any development on the sequel. Kennedy responded, “No… I don’t know. You know, when Michael Crichton passed away, I sorta felt maybe that’s it. Maybe that’s a sign that we don’t mess with it.”[35] While Marshall and Kennedy were no longer signed with Universal Pictures in a production capacity, the two will remain involved with the studio and its plans for Jurassic Park IV.[36] In November 2009 Joe Johnston discussed the possibility of Jurassic Park IV, stating that the story for the film is completely different from that of its predecessors and would take the franchise into a whole other trilogy.[37][38]

Jurassic Park III director Joe Johnston revealed in an interview in January 2010 that Jurassic Park IV was set to be the beginning of a second Jurassic Park trilogy.[39] He also added, “Jurassic Park IV is going to be unlike anything you’ve seen.”[40] Johnston says once he finishes Captain America, he hopefully will develop Jurassic Park IV with Steven Spielberg. Joe Johnston enthusiastically has confirmed the likelihood of the film’s production more than once. On June 15, 2011 it was reported that Steven Spielberg has been brainstorming with writer Mark Protosevich on a film that happens to be the fourth film in the franchise. It is unclear whether it is a reboot or the fourth installment of the original series.[41][42] During a new interview with Joe Johnston in July 2011, he stated that Jurassic Park IV was being discussed and would be a spin-off of the history of the first trilogy.[43]

At the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con, Spielberg confirmed in front of at least 6,000 spectators that preparations for Jurassic Park IV were in progress, with a story ready and a script being written. Spielberg said that it would be possibly released “within the next two or three years”,[44][45] with a representative from Universal saying 2013 would be the preferred deadline for completion.[46]

On October 26, 2011 Spielberg confirmed that the script was being written by Mark Protosevich, that he hoped for it to be released “in the next couple of years” and that he felt the story they were working on was stronger than that of Jurassic Park III.[47]

In January 2012, Spielberg confirmed that he would not be directing the film, opting instead to be a producer.[48]

On June 21st 2012, it was confirmed that Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver would be scripting Jurassic Park IV.[49] Whether they will be continuing Mark Protosevich’s script or creating a completely new script is unknown.

On July 2nd 2012, Frank Marshall responded to a question on Twitter which further confirmed that he will be producing Jurassic Park IV.[50]

On July 21st 2012, in an interview Frank Marshall stated that Jurassic Park IV “will be on the screen within two years”. He went on to say that they are aiming for a Summer release as it’s a ‘popcorn movie’. He also spoke briefly about the advancements in CGI and what that means for the Jurassic Park franchise, but said they won’t be losing the animatronic dinosaurs. “That’s what’s gonna be great about it, technology’s taken a leap now that we can really do some great things”.[51] He also stated that the “dinosaurs with guns” idea was nothing but a rumor and is not the story for the new film.[52]