Universal Sets ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Scribes For ‘Jurassic Park 4′

EXCLUSIVE: While Universal Pictures has been trying all summer to generate new franchises, the studio is getting moving with the fourth installment of its biggest one, Jurassic Park. Universal is setting Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver to write the script for the fourth film, which will be produced by Steven Spielberg and Kennedy/Marshall’s Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall. Spielberg won’t direct this one. The first three films, which started with the Spielberg-directed 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park based on the bestselling novel by Michael Crichton, have grossed over $1.9 billion worldwide collectively. Universal is rereleasing the original film in 3D on July 19, 2013. The scribe are repped by CAA and attorney Don Steele.

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  • Has anyone read William Monohan’s draft for JPIV? I’ve been curious to hear input about it.

    (I’m assuming it’s not the stupid draft that had weapons manufactures attaching missiles and weapons on dinosaurs, right?)

    Comment by Roger, Roger — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 7:44pm PDT  
  • Just remake it at this point.

    Have the park fully operational and open to the public when the dinosaurs get loose. Bigger body count, more chaos and setup sequels.

    Comment by Cshifty — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 7:57pm PDT  
    • Pretty certain SS would never permit that.

      Comment by welles — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 8:35pm PDT  
    • horrible idea. JP is not about mindless body counts. If they were to remake it, the only decent reason would be to follow the book page by page.

      Comment by Z-Fish — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 8:51pm PDT  
      • Well four were killed in the first one, maybe 12 in the second and four in the third.

        Are audiences going to go see another film where a small group visits the island and from that only 4 minor characters get picked off?

        They need to raise the stakes which was never really done in the sequels. They brought a T-Rex to San Diego and what 2 people (including the villain) and a dog were killed?

        It has to be something different and not something stupid about having weapons attached to the dinosaurs.

        Universal is going to reboot it at some point, forget a fourth one which will probably do worse at the box office than JPIII after inflation anyways.
        Shoot it in 3D, have an actual cast (Tea Leoni and Bill Macy?) and make it the big blockbuster it deserves to be.

        Comment by Cshifty — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 10:30am PDT  
      • I loved the first movie, I have seen it over a hundred times at least. However, I’ve also read the book a few times, and the book is way better than the movie. Sam Neill could still play Dr. Alan Grant, and Jeff Goldblum as Ian Malcolm was a match made in heaven. However, if it’s going to be remade, it would unfortunately need a new cast, to seperate it from the original. This time, follow the damn book, it would make sequals way easier to come up with. Mainly, the first sequal, just follow the second book. Michael Crichton was a brilliant author, there is a reason his books have done so well and that so many of his books have been made into movies, and that more should (State of Fear, for example) Anyway, remake the first one, following the book.

        Comment by harmonmulder — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 11:16am PDT  
    • The original doesn’t need to be remade – it’s held up really well the past 30 years and still has better VFX than a lot of blockbusters nowadays.

      Comment by Velociraptor Food — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 9:08am PDT  
      • 30 years? You mean 20. 19 if you want to get specific.

        Comment by Skippy — Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 5:57am PDT  
    • I really believe that would be utter brilliance!

      Comment by Nathan — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 8:43pm PDT  
    • I agree with this story concept it wouldn’t have to be a reboot. It’s a few years later time has passed and corporate greed and ignorance of the past prevail !

      Comment by Tim — Friday June 22, 2012 @ 11:37am PDT  
  • The problem with the JP films is that you always need an excuse to get the characters onto one of the islands.

    Comment by dee123 — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 8:16pm PDT  
    • That’s the essential problem with the movies. In the epilogue of the original novel (although Crichton didn’t really touch on it in the sequel) the dinosaurs do migrate to the mainland.

      Comment by Alex — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 8:09am PDT  
  • Rise was an amazing script– high hopes for this one.

    Comment by anon — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 8:19pm PDT  
    • Yes, it was. Did anyone else think RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES was an uncredited adaptation of Michael Crichton’s NEXT?

      Comment by Dave Kendall — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 11:45pm PDT  
      • It was damn close. Clearly, they’re Crichton fans. Either way, any lingering hopes of a NEXT adaptation are probably shot because of it.

        But, good for them. They can actually write. This will be a solid – if not inventive – script. Looking forward to it.

        Comment by writer — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 6:36am PDT  
        • And they are truly great people. It’s nice to see them reaping success and opportunity! Well deserved!

          Comment by Richard Doetsch — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 10:30am PDT  
      • Yes, I agree. In fact, I just read “Next” and all the way through I was having deja vu, thinking I had read it before. It was because I had seen “Rise….” It was sort of an Alzy moment.

        Comment by Linda Frye Burnham — Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 1:47pm PST  
  • Could it happen again? This time we’ll do it better. A young charismatic billionaire (Think: Robert Pattinson) buys the original island where the defunct Jurassic Park was housed. He believes in John Hammond’s vision and wants to finally have it realized despite the casualties that occurred over the last 20 years.

    He has created new dinosaurs after the first batch were bombed with more modern infrastructure and security. Hammond was ahead of his time but now we have the technology to rebuild. The Jurassic Park dream can finally come alive in 2014. This time there’s new species and hybrid crossbreeds. They’re smarter and more ferocious.

    The guests for the first preview weekend have been selected, a group of elite influentials and thinkers (a reality producer, etc). BUT also some Charlie & The Chocolate Factory-style LOTTERY WINNERS.

    It’s sure to be a memorable weekend! Finally we’ve got this thing under control! The Jurassic Park dream can be realized! We’d never let disaster happen again…… (cue: a roaring T-Rex), you know what comes next… Stephen, take it from here!

    Comment by Jim — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 8:48pm PDT  
    • No Robert Pattinson for JP plz :S

      Comment by DS — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 11:43pm PDT  
  • I sincerely hope we get a reprise of the script treatment that had a mercenary waking up in the Alps and having to teach genetically-grown “smart” dinosaurs engineered by a billionaire. The reviews of that treatment were hilarious!

    Either that or restart the whole franchise. JP3 was decent, if underwhelming.

    Comment by Alex Gregory — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 8:59pm PDT  
  • I’m with Cshifty. That sounds like a pretty solid premise. With this writing team, I’m optimistic. I was quite impressed by ROFPOTA.

    Comment by JettaJameson — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 9:16pm PDT  
  • Screw a remake. Are you serious? Plenty of possibilities exist with the material to do something similar if they want to go that route…but a remake? When they’re re-releasing it next year? Give me a break.

    Comment by Doc Michaels — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 9:19pm PDT  
    • I’d like to see dinosaur hybrid splices.

      Comment by James — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 9:31pm PDT  
    • It has been 12 years since the last movie so obliviously there are not plenty of possibilities otherwise Jurassic Park 6 would be coming out soon.

      They’re trapped in a corner and no writer has figured out a good enough reason to greenlight one.

      A reboot can allow for the writers to plan out another trilogy, developing that world and including references and hints in the film that lets the sequels happen naturally and not just
      “How about a kid ends up on the island and Sam Neil is tricked onto the island.”

      Ingen’s competitor was dropped from the series, wouldn’t they want to go on the island?

      Comment by Cshifty — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 10:36am PDT  
      • They probably went into bankruptcy :D

        But there’s a possibility; have Biosyn (InGen’s competitors) go to the island, capture some dinosaurs and have them break free in the mainland. Simple and effective, although kind of seen already- in TLW InGen itself stole its own dinosaurs and the T-Rex broke free.

        Or what if Henry Wu had created new dinosaurs somewhere else in the world? He didn´t die in the movie, and he probably knew everything there was to know about dinosaur making…

        Comment by DS — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 11:54pm PDT  
      • Finally good news! :D Or rather excellent news! Jurassic Park is my fave movie and when I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes, I actually compared it to JP, it was that good. This restores my faith in JPIV completely.

        Kind of a shame that I didn´t get to write the movie tho XD Now let’s see how similar it is to the idea I had.

        Comment by DS — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 11:57pm PDT  
  • Monahan’s script is decent, though it does wind up at the alps, mostly hinges on someone going back for the Barbasol can Newman (wayne knight) drops in the first one. Kids are all grown up in it, and yes, it does climax on a gondola high in the alps.

    Comment by Harry Lime — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 9:57pm PDT  
  • Dear Hollywood: I see where you’re going now, and I have some ideas:

    Birth of a Nation: Rebirth
    Battlestar Potemkin
    The Ten Commandments Eleven (Clooney is Noah!)
    More Birds
    Ben Hur Jr. (Starring Will Smith as Ben)
    F-Troop: The Movie
    Some More Goddamned Star Wars
    It’s A Wonderful Life 2
    Wait for it. . . PolterGhost!
    Has anyone done an Outer Limits movie?
    Mad Men: Bahamas.
    Alf. Yeah, I said Alf. Oh yeah, well f*ck you, Alf was huge.
    ET again, but this time with Andy Serkis

    Comment by Book Guy — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 10:06pm PDT  
    • Oh, also:

      Godfather vs. Soprano
      Vampire of Oz
      Twotanic

      Comment by Book Guy — Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 10:28pm PDT  
      • You’re late on the ALF movie. Already in the works.

        Comment by Sony — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 1:52am PDT  
      • Screw AvP! It’s time to make

        EWOKS v E.T.’s!

        Comment by masanissa — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 10:28pm PDT  
    • F-TROOP: THE MOVIE… actually in development… was at Disney, then Warners. The guy who made the Leslie Neilsen, Linda Blair EXORCIST spoof, REPOSSESSED; has the rights and is trying to make it.

      Comment by Ed — Thursday June 21, 2012 @ 12:35am PDT  
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