It is now official: ‘Jurassic Park 4’ will be coming to theaters June 13, 2014, Universal announced on Jan. 11. It was also confirmed that Steven Spielberg will be filling in the producer role alongside his producing-friend Frank Marshall.
A director has yet to be chosen, but whoever Universal goes with they are set on shooting and releasing the film in 3D. The studio and Spielberg are also re-releasing the original film in 3D on April 5, 2013, with Spielberg being ‘very involved’ in the conversion because he wanted to ‘ensure it merited a theatrical re-release’, Lucas Shaw writes for The Wrap.
Steven Spielberg directed the first two films in the series, ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘The Lost World’; Joe Johnston directed the third film, which was not as critically or financially successful as the first two. Together, the franchise has grossed nearly $2 billion worldwide. The films, based on novels by late famed author Michael Crichton (‘Timeline’ and ‘Eaters of the Dead’), have not only inspired movies but also an amusement park ride at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Spielberg, who recently indefinitely postponed work on his film ‘Robopocalypse’, announced at Comic Con in 2011 that the writer for the new film—handling new ideas and new concepts—were Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. With a release date now in sight, this will make definite plans begin to form in the near future instead of the speculation heard over the past few years.
For more information, check out Lucas Shaw’s article for The Wrap.