We’re getting word across the internet that Jurassic Park IV has been put on hold due to script troubles. A pair of artists have come out on Twitter to say that script development issues, similar to what happened to Spielberg’s Robopocalypse, are what’s now setting the film back. The movie is being scribed by husband-and-wife team Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who were more recently responsible for the new Planet of the Apes films. The movie isn’t cancelled per se, but what info do we have? Not much!
According to concept artists for the film, the entire crew has been laid off. A concept artist by the name of Dean Sherriff, who joined with Amblin in March 2013, stated that Jurassic Park IV was put “on hold” before deleting his tweet. His credits include Watchmen, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Day the Earth Stood Still, The Incredible Hulk, F4: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Night at the Museum, X-Men: The Last Stand, Fantastic Four, and X2.
Digital Asset Manager Todd Smoyer (@ToddSmoyer), working for Ebb Tide Productions, corroborated as much in his tweets as well, but so far, he hasn’t been as shy about the development. UPDATE: Never mind, the tweets were deleted. Here’s what they looked like, though:
The fabled fourth chapter of the Jurassic Park series has been in turnaround for ages – the last film released in 2001 – before finally settling on Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) as a director and Isla Nublar – the island from the original film – as the setting. This comes mere days after Trevorrow revealed a photo from their location shoot.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) May 2, 2013
The film was slated to begin photography in July with a June 13th, 2014 release date. Sadly, I couldn’t get a hold of our very own Keith about the matter – he may die of sadness.
UPDATE: There’s been some unsourced rumors otherwise around the internet, we’ve reached out to Universal for a proper statement and will update when we get it.
UPDATE #2: Per Variety, Universal says the movie is still on track, but won’t make its June 13th release date. Their statement:
Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal’s beloved franchise. We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise’s storied history.