The past couple years have been a rocky road for Universal Studios. Long strings of costly box office flops like The Wolfman, Cowboys and Aliens, and Your Highness have not been completely balanced by their hits. Even this year, the success of The Lorax and Snow White and the Huntsman don’t completely wipe out the red numbers on the books from Wanderlust, The Five-Year Engagement, and most recently Battleship.
Oddly enough, their DVD and Blu-ray releases of catalogue titles have been causing the most buzz. The studio’s 100th Anniversary Blu-ray releases of E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial and Jaws are making as much noise as their releases of Back to the Future and Jurassic Park box sets. Plus, Jurassic Park is getting a high profile re-release in 3D next summer. It only makes sense that the studio goes back to these popular franchises for a new hit.
Deadline Isla Nublar is reporting that Universal has found writers for the long-awaited Jurassic Park 4. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who are best known for penning last summer’s prequel hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes and its upcoming sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, will be tackling the script for the high-profile dinosaur adventure.
It has been eleven years since Jurassic Park III was released. Not only was that the lowest-grossing film in the franchise, it was also the only one not directed by Steven Spielberg or based on a book by Michael Crichton. Reviving a franchise more than a decade old might seem like a bad idea, but considering how Jaffa and Silver helped the Rise of the Planet of the Apes phoenix emerge from the ashes of the Tim Burton remake, they might be the perfect choice.
There is no word yet on story details or whether James Franco will play a brilliant bloodshot-eyed scientist whose attempt to help humanity goes horribly awry, but we can only hope this new movie will have damn dirty dinosaurs with frickin’ laser beams on their heads.
Jurassic Park 4 will be produced by Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall.