Jurassic Park IV made headlines two weeks ago when Universal Pictures announced that the long-in-the-making sequel would be delayed until a time to be determined. However, a recent comment by the 1993 original film's star may have provided a clue towards the motivation for this delay.
In a recent interview with New Zealand's Stuff.co.nz, the eccentric paleontologist who enjoys threatening children with fossilized raptor claws, Dr. Alan Grant himself, Sam Neill gave what could be a major scoop when it comes to the filibustered fourquel. When asked by his home country publication on whether or not he would be reprising his role as Dr. Grant, Neill reveals that his return is unlikely and then candidly states:
"I'm told it's a big reboot, a total re-jig."
And that's about as far as he goes. Considering the brevity of the reveal, there's always the possibility of an incorrect context or misunderstanding. In fact, the very idea is a stark contrast to previous statements made by producer, Frank Marshall reiterating the film's status as a proper sequel. However, circumstances may have changed and if the film is indeed a reboot, then it would definitely explain the ambiguous reasoning behind the delay. (Especially since announced delays usually have the new release date in hand.)
At the moment, it does appear that the would-be fourth film's choice for director in independent filmmaker, Colin Trevorrow remains in place (for the moment anyway,) but it may be the case that the script by by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver could be in jeopardy, potentially making way for a new screenplay adaptation of the original 1990 Jurassic Park novel by Michael Crichton. Thus, while the reasoning for the initial selection of Trevorrow could still be valid, the Safety Not Guaranteed director could very well have a vastly different task on his hands than he originally thought. He wouldn't be simply following-up, but actually rebooting one of the most lucrative film franchises of all time. It would certainly be one of Hollywood's biggest directorial trials by fire for a big-budget genre newcomer. -- Of course, that's if Universal doesn't just decide to say "screw it" and call J.J. Abrams.
Jurassic Park IV or Jurassic Park "Rebooted" is currently delayed until a date that has yet to be revealed.