Though it only recently landed a director and has yet to fill out its cast, Jurassic Park 4 is still planned to hit theaters next summer. Safety Not Guaranteed helmer Colin Trevorrow was tapped to direct the sequel last month, and Steven Spielberg is onboard to produce alongside Frank Marshall. We know that Trevorrow will shoot in 3D and the film has a script by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) that includes a new dinosaur, but other than that story details have been kept firmly under wraps.
Will we see the return of original characters? Is there a new park? Just how big can the dino droppings get? These questions have yet to be answered, but it appears that Trevorrow has just offered a major hint regarding the pic’s story, as he shared an image today from a location scout with the caption “Nublar,” which as we all know is the name of the island from the first Jurassic Park. Hit the jump for more.
With a June 2014 release date looming, Trevorrow is currently busy scouting locations for Jurassic Park 4 ahead of a likely fall production start date. He offered up an image from one of his scouts that showed an island setting and captioned the photo with the word “Nublar,” suggesting that the story of Jurassic Park 4 takes place on the same Isla Nublar from the first film.
Whether that means we’ll be returning to the old park for the full film or if it’s just a few scenes is unknown, but I’m really interested to see the direction the franchise takes this time around. Both The Lost World and Jurassic Park III featured characters from the original film, but I could easily see the studio setting JP4 up as the beginning of a new series of films with new characters.
Check out the image below via Trevorrow’s Twitter, and sound off in the comments with what you think a return to Isla Nublar means for the story of JP4.