Jurassic Park IV with such alternative titles as “Jurassic Park 4”, “JP4” and “JPIV” and one rumored, but unconfirmed, title being “Jurassic Park IV: The Extinction” has been supposedly in production since Jurassic Park 3 was released to theaters. Some of the earlier rumors began in 2001 with Kathleen Kennedy, an Executive Producer on the Jurassic Park series, stating that it should not need to take four years for another “Jurassic” sequel. Instead, by 2006 there has been nothing but loose confirmations, a poorly looked upon script & script review, a fake script and fake logo, and more rumors.
On the 17th of August, 2004 AICN (Ain’t-It-Cool-News) posted they had a review of the up and coming Jurassic Park 4 script. This script stated there would be mutant-crime fighting dinosaur and as such suffered very harsh reviews at the hands of Jurassic Park fans and critics alike. This early script was confirmed to be written by William Monahan and John Sayles. Prior to all of this Spielberg had been quoted stating it was in fact the “mother of all ideas” and would also “move the series into a new direction”. The script revolves around Nick Harris, an unemployed mercenary, and his quest to fight a dinosaur killing virus and a sinister corporation known as Grendel Corporation, another mysterious company that seemed to have attached itself to Isla Nublar. The script, needless to say for it’s unrealistic – and otherwise poor – plot received very harsh and negative reviews.
Despite scattered news reports over the next few months of a rumored announcement blitz in the fall of 2005 according to Dan’s JP3 Page on July 2nd, 2005, John Sayles confirming that the horrible script was indeed true on May 27th, 2005, to Spielberg saying he wants to cherry pick his favorite scenes from the Jurassic Park Novels on November 11th, 2005, and actors Sam Neill, Vince Vaughn, Jeff Goldblum, and Richard Attenborough reprising their respective roles they played earlier in the franchise a big on February 5th, 2005. It paled in comparison to the unfortunate false breakthrough that was announced in September.
On September 14th, 2005 another news slump was broken by a Dan’s JP3 Page member, Carnotaur3. The member posted images of a logo and a script from a believed informant working for Universal who was deemed “reliable”. The news was believed true until Carnotaur3 revealed he had staged it in the event of trying to put a surge of life back into the JP fan sites, while understandable, a majority of sites did break this false news story.
Despite numerous other “under the radar” buzz for the next few months about actress Keira Knightley of Pirates of the Caribbean fame taking on the role of Lex (Hammond’s grand daughter), to more promising news from Frank Marshall on February 21, 2006 of the possibility of a 2008 release date and the news that the character of Lex would be returning. Later, disappointing news would surface that Steven Spielberg would not be directing according to SpielbergFilms on March 1st, 2006. Some were beginning to believe that Jurassic Park 4 would never come out until news on March 7th, 2006 straight from Spielberg’s mouth on E! proved the fourth film was indeed a reality.
More news pulled in on June 26th, 2006 with a stray report from Kauai Garden Island News rumored that Spielberg himself was location scouting for his fourth installment; however, an opposite news report on June 27th, 2006 in an interview with Frank Marshall would state otherwise, and that the script was still being worked.
On July 17th, 2006 – in an interview between SpielbergFilms and Steven Spielberg – it was confirmed that Joe Johnston would be in the director’s seat for the fourth installment as he is the “Go-To-Jurassic guy”. This report disproved the earlier reported Breck Eisner as the “JP4 director” rumor that was reported on July 8th, 2006.
On January 9th, 2007 an off-hand rumor that was reported by SpielbergFilms and IGN FilmForce that, while promoting her new film “Inland Empire”, Laura Dern was in fact interested in reprising her role as Dr. Ellie Sattler/Degler. Laura Dern also stated that, at the time, that she was “out of of the loop” concerning news on the fourth film. On April 6th, 2007 this report was later confirmed that Ellie Sattler would be back as everyone’s favorite Paleobotanist for the fourth film by SpielbergFilms.
After this bit of buzz a new news drought followed with no new information available until March 2007. On March 10th, 2007, Sam Neill – in an interview with LA Daily News, denied his involvement in the fourth Jurassic Park film and stated that he was out of the loop on this one. Soon after this report the news would follow that on April 7th, 2007 that Joe Johnston would not be directing the fourth film of the franchise. As of June 18th, 2009 Jurassic Park IV is considered a long shot. With the deaths of Stan Winston and Michael Crichton over the year of 2009 one thing is for certain it hasn’t boded well for a Jurassic Park sequel of any kind.
What is known about Jurassic Park 4? The only fact that remains certain is that the movie itself has an on-again/off-again nature. Furthermore, it has been stated numerous times that we will have to wait.