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Jurassic Park IV breaks the mould

JurassicPark.jpgThere's been a lot of talk of a Jurassic Park IV, but nothing ever really happened, or so we thought, for Joe Johnston has revealed that he's read the story for the fourth film and it's a good one. What's more is that it breaks the mould from the previous films, and that it could take the franchise in an entirely new direction, if it was ever to be made of course.

I'll set your expectations now though, there's no word of the film actually happening, it's just that he's read or heard the idea, and the interview doesn't drill into more details about the production.

Frankly, we couldn't have had another Westworld, we've had enough of the idea of man being hounded by his own creations whether it be in the middle of a desert or on an island, and another story about man made dinosaurs attacking those who made them and showing that nature overcomes is not what we need to see. Indeed some will say that it's not what they need to see at all, another Jurassic Park.

Well I might argue that, if what Joe Johnston is hinting at is a reality.

Well, there is a great story for the fourth one that I would be interested in getting involved with and it’s nothing like the first three. It sort of takes the franchise off in a completely different direction, which is the only way I would want to get involved.

He's interviewed over at AICN through Coming Soon and when asked if the film would be another story of a group of people trying to survive through another group of dinosaurs trying to kill and eat them, he said:

We’ve done that and it’s been done three times and I figure it’s…

Rather than let him finish they interrupt him and tell him to stay away from the idea of another island. Nice and respectful there. Let's however, go back to the film-maker and hear from him shall we? Although he didn't get to tell us what he was going to say he does talk about where he thought this fourth film would go.

Why would anybody go back to that island? It was hard enough to figure out the second and third reason for them to go, but it would take it off in a whole other trilogy basically, but when it gets to that level it’s sort of about studios and Steven’s thing and who knows. I think we are at that point where we are due for another one if we are going to do it. They had what four years between them? 1992… 1996 or 1997, and then 2001, so we are past due. I don’t know, but we will see.

Now this is sounding interesting don't you think? A new Jurassic Park that isn't set on an island and isn't about a group of people caught up in the middle of a man made group of creatures intent on killing them. Took them long enough to get away from it.

I really do hope that they don't just decide to move it to the mainland and have dinosaurs taking over, just progressing the story forwards into another sequel. I do hope that they do something that could really reinvent the franchise, and I mean totally reinvent.

What could they possibly do though, and is there any way you would want to see a fourth Jurassic Park?



set far in the future - the island is cleaned up.. they re-open the park, the safety features are now flawless...it's open to the public..crazy dino kill action...and the twist..(turns out they are all robotic animatronic dino's) - with lasers ;)

you know, for me the formula for the films wasn't so much about a person on the island ( a setting i quite like ) but rather the fact that there were so many characters rounding the cast. It cheapened the experience for me that there was always a spunky kid, there was always a scientist, a hunter, an economist, etc.

Ever hear of Turok: dinosaur hunter? it was a really neat comic book about an indian who was trapped in time killing bionic raptors who could talk and think.

Forget the bionics, forget the time travel, and heck. forget the books that MC wrote along the way in the JP series.

Why not reboot it, with the island abandoned and grown wild and now completely unmanned and untamed. And then strand either one dude or a dude and a chick in the middle of it with nothing to do but fight and claw their way out before a giant volcano erupts in the center of the island and wipes them out?

with imagination and courage to abandon the source material, anything is possible. My only concern is, if you stray THAT far from it, why not just call it something else? I know slapping jurrassic park on the poster puts butts in the seats, but i would find it sort of an insult.

mind you. I would still go. I loved JP3 for what it was. It was a nice family comedy adventure. But that was about it.

I'm not belittling what the originals were, far from it, they were good fun films, but it's just been done time and time again and there's nothing new coming from them.

I do think something has to change though, and it has to be something to make it different and to spark something new, not just a change of face or type of character.

I think the island premise could still work, but does it really matter if it's an island or not?

I used to play Turok, great fun game, and it could work as a film but it still needs a strong plot driver. How about the fact that, with nature, it just expands and grows.

Left unchecked through hundreds, thousands of years, species have grown, evolved, cross bred, escaped from those islands. Now they're on the mainland and moving out of the uninhabited lands that they've begun living in.

That's where a Turok could blend in with the story.

Do you remember that hunter dude from JP2?

I thought he would be awesome to watch going through the lost world for 2 hours as he searched for the T rex.

My main point with bringing up Turok was that the plot there didn't worry about "life will find a way" which you pointed out in your article, we as an audience quite understand now. Hehehe.

I'm thinking they need to inject some testosterone into the mix and make it more action oriented and less cerebral. I know how Michael Bay that sounds. But if, say, Danny Boyle was to approach a project like this, he wouldn't worry about biting social commentary until he had established the awesomeness of the thing.

come to think of it, god I wish him or Zack Snyder would pick this up. Fat chance. But wow.

Triassic Park.


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