Local fans of creature features will be excited to discover that June 13, 2014, is one item that the folks at Universal Studios have announced for the return to "Jurassic Park" (J.P.). It will be filmed in 3D and Steven Spielberg will produce it but will not direct it. That leaves many questions unanswered at this point in time. This is one of the most anticipated sequels ever based on the unexpected quality of "J.P. III" (2001). That film exceeded every creature feature fans' expectations and left them wanting more. A sequel had to be imminent but it's now twelve years later and it's still not ready.
Unannounced information includes the director, cast, writers and which dinosaurs will receive a spotlight. The fact that Spielberg has associated himself with the project indicates that Universal is prepared to release a quality project. Spielberg has reached the point in his career that he can distance himself from projects in which he has no faith. The proof of that statement lies in the number of nominations for his work on "Lincoln".
Though unconfirmed, it is hoped that Joe Johnston ("J.P. III) will direct "J.P. IV. It is rumored that writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver ("Rise of the Planet of the Apes") will be scripting it. It is also hoped that any or all of the original cast (Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough) will reprise their roles.
In the meantime, "Jurassic Park" is set to be re-released in 3D on April 5, 2013. This is the 20th anniversary of the original release, the 21st highest grossing feature film of all time. It will end up being a highlight of 2013, especially for those who've seen the trailer for "Hansel and Gretel".