JP4 Script Finished Says Producer Kathleen Kennedy

Jurassic Park Trilogy producer Kathleen Kennedy recently told SciFi Wire the other day that William Monahan – who was tapped to write the JP4 script – has finished. More details came in via SciFi

“Producer Kathleen Kennedy told SCI FI Wire that novelist William Monahan has completed a first draft of the script for a proposed fourth Jurassic Park movie. Kennedy added that the sequel will move off the islands of the first three Jurassic Park films. “Let’s just say it takes place someplace else,” she said in an interview. “It will not be green. We will not go back to the jungle.”

Monahan makes his screenwriting debut on the upcoming Ridley Scott film Tripoli, which is what attracted Kennedy to the writer. “[Tripoli is a] very different genre than what we’re talking about doing with Jurassic, which is why I’m excited about Jurassic, because I think he’ll bring something to it that’s going to make it feel fresh.”

No director has been approached or even discussed yet for the project. Kennedy said that she believes she and Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg will act as producers, with plans for a 2005 release. Kennedy said that she feels some pressure from Universal Pictures to hurry a sequel, but added that she is determined to make a good film above anything else. “It’s become personal,” she said. “We’re not going to spend two or three years of our lives working 12-, 14-, 16-hour days on something that we don’t care about. And sometimes I think people think, ‘Well, how can you go off and make Jurassic IV and care about it?’ Well, you can if there’s a good story. They’re as fun to make as they are to watch, hopefully. So you’re trying just as hard to put the ingredients into that. It’s more difficult to make a really good Jurassic Park movie, sometimes, than it is to do a really good drama, because you’ve got so many combinations of things.”

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