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The last time a theme park had this much trouble getting things up and running, well, it was the first 'Jurassic Park.' After months of speculation and uncertainty, 'Jurassic Park 4' landed director Colin Trevorrow ('Safety Not Guaranteed'). Suddenly things looked to be back on track. In fact, Twitter revealed that Trevorrow was location scouting and rumor had it the plot would take place back on the original island from the first film. But then, suddenly, two different members of Trevorrow's crew, the concept artist and the digital asset manager, both tweeted messages about production being put on hold by Universal. The tweets have since been deleted, but were screen-capped for reference. Now, an official statement has been released by Universal that pretty much confirms what the crew members were saying...
"In coordination with filmmakers, 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."
As excited as I am to see what Colin Trevorrow does with a fourth 'Jurassic Park,' I think it's officially time to cut our losses on this. Granted, nobody is saying the film is cancelled or totally shut down, it's just been put on hold. Movies get put on hold all the time and that doesn't necessarily mean they won't get made. However, with all the issues this movie has had in pre-production, I do think Universal has knocked it way down the list of priorities. Now I can't tell you why they're dragging their feet on this, especially given how desperate Universal is for a new cash cow franchise. They are rebooting The Mummy, Dracula, and a host of other branded properties in the wake of 'Battleship' blowing up in their faces. Now they have a chance to put a guaranteed moneymaker back into theaters, another tentpole franchise to which they can return, and they are balking? They say this was done in coordination with the filmmaker, so did Trevorrow just not tell anyone else that this was happening and that it was temporary? The PR and the firsthand info don't exactly gel. This backwards thinking is exactly why I think it's time to give up the ghost, at least in terms of interest level.
What do you guys think? Are you surprised 'Jurassic Park 4' has been put on hold? Do you think it'll ever get made?