When Jurassic Park 4 director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) posted the above pic on Twitter with the word “Nublar” and the hashtag “JP4” last week during location scouting, fans quickly recognized it as Isla Nublar (the famed location from the first film) and all seemed right with the world.
But then it all went sideways when last Tuesday, the ever watchful eyes of Ain’t It Cool News picked up a couple telling tweets from crew members before they disappeared into the Tweether (Twitter ether); most notably from concept artist Dean Sherriff before it (AND his account) were deleted…
…and a visibly annoyed tweet from digital assets manager Todd Smoyer which brought the word “NOOOOOO” to fans’ lips.
So with the internet awash in a flurry of “WTF?”, Universal made the official “it ain’t over till it’s over” statement yesterday, saying –
“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.”
So what up?
According to Jurassic Park 4 News, it’s the age old claim of “artistic differences” as “the studio doesn’t necessarily see eye-to-eye with some of those involved in the film’s development and this has lead to some conflict,” and “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.”
Basically the studio wants to make a BIG, sweeping epic with a huge budget but as it’s been pointed out by the fine folks at Collider, with the concept art completed and script still approved as is – where and how is Universal gonna expand the film?
Even *I* know from taking scene design in college that expanding a set isn’t like adding a “leaf” to the dinner table to accommodate more guests; a writer’s gonna have to explain the set in the story itself to make it plausible.
So what we have so far is this: Colin Trevorrow is still on to direct, Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall are producing and the Rick Jaffa/Amanda Silver (Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes) script with a new dino is still intact…so what happens next is anyone’s guess.
And this morning, Treverrow himself tweeted to fans and followers:
Jurassic Park 4 is still slated to hit theatres June 13, 2014 but like everything else that happens in Hollywood, that could change at the drop of a hat.
As always, stay tuned.
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