It appears that producer Kathleen Kennedy will no longer be producing Jurassic Park 4 after longtime Kennedy collaborator Frank Marshall revealed the news via Twitter. While disappointing, the news shouldn’t come as too much of a shock for fans as she recently inherited a great deal of responsibility with Disney’s recent acquisition of George Lucas’ properties. As a result of the acquisition, Kennedy was effectively named co-chairman of the Lucasfilm division, which puts her in charge of overseeing the cinematic future of the Star Wars franchise.
Kennedy has long been a prominent fixture in all of Steven Spielberg’s feature films, taking on the title of producer and executive producer for such classics as Gremlins, The Goonies, Back to the Future, Hook, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park and soon she’ll be producing the next Star Wars trilogy.
The next installment in the Jurassic Park franchise was originally targeted for a June 2014 release date. However, with the latest loss of Kennedy as producer and no director currently attached to the project, the likelihood of seeing a new Jurassic Park film in 2014 is becoming more and more slim. Producer Frank Marshall, another popular fixture in Steven Spielberg’s films, still remains onboard the production of Jurassic Park 4 with a highly-anticipated 3D re-released of the first Jurassic Park due to arrive in US theaters on April 5, 2013.
Jurassic Park 4 is still currently set to be released on June 13th, 2014.