Jurassic Park IV, the highly-anticipated, long-in-the-making sequel that was set for next summer will have to wait sometime longer. Universal Pictures have announced that the next film in their Dino DNA dollar machine of a franchise has been postponed and will be released at a later date that has yet to be determined.
Back in March, the project had selected its director with an independent filmmaker and genre newcomer in Colin Trevorrow. The screenplay by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver was already in place, and by all indications, the proverbial ball had already been set to roll with this film. It was also heralded by the 3D re-release of the 1993 original Jurassic Park just last month. So, what happened? Well according to the statement issued by Universal:
“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.”
From that bit of PR speak, we can at least assume that the studio has not yet soured on Trevorrow or the vision that was depicted in the supposedly amazing pitch he made to procure the project. However, according to Variety, despite the fact that it even got to the point where frontrunners for the cast were named with Bryce Dallas Howard and David Oyelowo, rumblings about delays were starting to surface. While the reasons for those delays are not yet clear, it does seem that the originally-projected release date of June 13, 2014 was starting to look less feasible with each passing day.
So, it looks like the deadly "clever girl" of logistical issues has got the jump on this game warden of a film for now. Universal did not indicate when they now plan to release the film, but considering the weight of the announcement, a year-long delay for summer 2015 would probably fit the scenario.