What if dinosaurs still roamed the earth? They will do just that in 2015, at least the world of the big screen. On Sept. 10, Universal Pictures officially released the title and release date for “Jurassic Park 4.”
Universal Pictures announced “Jurassic World,” as the film is now named, will be released to theaters Jun 12, 2015. Deadline additionally reports Steven Spielberg will produce, along with Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley. “Safety Not Guaranteed” director Colin Trevorrow will direct film based on "a draft of the screenplay he wrote with Derek Connolly,” the screenwriter behind “Safety.”
“Jurassic World” already has had a long road to becoming the fourth installment of the dinosaur franchise. “Jurassic Park” was released in 1993, "The Lost World" in 1997 and “Jurassic Park III” in 2001. The fourth film was slated for 2005, but suffered numerous development delays, especially with the script.
In January 2013, Universal announced the sequel would finally be released in 2014, but “Jurassic Park 4” experienced more production delays, including rewrites to the script, that altered that timetable.
Despite the decade delay, it’s a safe bet that Universal has high expectations for “Jurassic World.” Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park” earned $50.1 million domestically in its opening weekend. The film went on to earn $967.2 million worldwide, topping Spielberg’s own record for “E.T.” The film also was recognized with three Academy Awards for technical achievement, for visual effects, sound mixing and sound editing.
The previous two “Jurassic Park” sequels did not perform as well as the first. “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” directed by Spielberg, earned $618.3 million worldwide. “Jurassic Park III,” directed by Joe Johnston, earned $368.8 million worldwide. Both received mixed to positive reviews from critics, with the third film’s reception suggesting audience experiencing franchise fatigue.
But the decade between the third movie and “Jurassic World” also offers a decade to attract old audience to return to see what the fourth film will do. The film's timing could introduce a new generation to what might feel like a new type of movie: the dinosaur, action-adventure, disaster-movie hybrid. Or at least a movie that might feel less familiar in 2015 than it would have in 2005.