JURASSIC PARK 4 Reportedly “on Hold” Due to “Restructuring” to Create “Epic” Scale [Updated with Statement from Universal]

     May 8, 2013


Just last week, Jurassic Park 4 director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) tweeted a picture of the first film’s setting, Isla Nublar.  However, the dinosaur embryos may be going into cold storage for a little bit.  AICN recently picked up some tweets from some members of the crew.  Concept Artist Dean Sherriff tweeted “JP4 on hold” while Digital Assets Manager Todd Smoyer was a bit more harsh by tweeting “Hollywood makes and crushes dreams.  Goodbye JP4″.  Despite Smoyer’s depressing tweet, Jurassic Park 4 is reportedly still underway, and the hold is to make the production even bigger.

Hit the jump for more. [Update: Universal Pictures has confirmed that JP4 has been put on hold indefinitely.  Read the studio's statement after the jump, along with news regarding which actors had met for the lead roles.]

[Update: The folks over at Variety add that filmmakers had met with Bryce Dallas Howard and David Oyelowo for lead roles, but negotiations had yet to begin. Here's the statement from Universal, followed by our original story:]

“In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal’s beloved franchise.  We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise’s storied history.”

jurassic-park-4-isla-nublarAccording to Jurassic Park 4 News, the oft-cited creative differences have arisen, but the differences come from the studio wanting to make the picture bigger rather than slashing the budget:

It is this “EPIC” demand by the studio however, which has lead to the current situation. It seems Universal wants to pull out all the stops and go above and beyond what they had initially set their goals to be.

That sound great, but then the site’s story gets a bit confusing.  JP4 News says that most of the concept art has already been done and that the script is not the issue.  But how can Universal make the picture bigger without changing those aspects?  If it’s simply a matter of creating bigger set pieces, you still need artists to lay it out, and possibly a writer to make those set pieces fit organically into the story.  The set-up for a raptor attack can’t be the same set-up for a T-Rex attack.

Despite the delay, Jurassic Park 4 is currently holding to its release date of June 13, 2014.


  • Concerned JP4 fan

    Hope they don’t pull a “Prometheus” on this one. As much as I kinda liked Prometheus, after reading the initial shooting script, I can’t help but feel that the rewrites they made to make the story “bigger” only hurt the final film. I don’t want to see stupid characters make stupid decisions and get killed by monsters, that’s what Syfy original movies are for!

    • http://modmyi.com/forums/iphone-4-new-skins-themes-launches/740147-neurotech-hd.html#post5637502 Jay

      Ya I agree – the motivation of the characters was all just “because we need to get them from here to there.” The reasoning behind the character’s actions didn’t follow any kind of solid logic. In that regard the movie did become a little scarier, but that also made the audience feel betrayed, which is not how you get on an audience’s good side.

    • shadypotential

      but if the character is STUPID then what is the problem?

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      pro-homo-meatus is shit, pure shit!

    • alien 5 with Ellen Ripley

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004501871710 John Lucas

    Bah!!! I’m beginning to get the feeling that this film will never happen after all….

  • http://twitter.com/StevenRayMorris Steven Ray Morris

    less CGI more practical sets maybe? maybe not…

  • bidi

    does anybody really want a new jurassic park? the first one is a classic, and the second one is a capable sequel, but nothing earth-shattering. the third one takes a dip in quality even further. i just feel like the initial awe of seeing dinosaurs on screen has worn off, and at some point you’ve gotta do something different

  • Farrell

    “but then the site’s story gets a bit confusing.”

    that’s because it’s a JP fan site…are they officially affiliated with the production? Where are they getting their info? At this point I’d rather trust the tweets from people actually working on the film than some random fan site:

  • SeriousMind

    Disqus on Collider?? Has the pre-eminent news site finally got with the times?


    Hope this info is correct! I wanna see a big jurassic park film. Love the first, but the book was a lot bigger in scope. Scenes from the book are featured in both sequels, but re jigged. Hope this film has a grander scale. Hope the park is open to public, and i wanna see a good balance of practical fx mixed with seamless realistic cgi, like the first film. (actually the fx were great in the sequels too mostly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/prathap.kutty Prathap Kutty

    They couldn’t go for a better set of actors

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  • Yurine

    I’m really hope the dinosaurs are animatronics instead being completelt 3D

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