AICN has posted something a little bit, believable on why the original ridiculous concept for Jurassic Park 4 was dropped. It appears Jurassic Park Trilogy paleontology consultant, Dr. Jack Horner, has been writing the script for Jurassic Park 4 with Joe Johnston.
Jack Horner confirmed what I had read previously, involving genetically engineered dinosaurs that ended up looking very human-like. He gave us the example of the concept of the troodon-human, an idea in paleontology that if the dinosaurs had not died, they would have evolved to become more human-like. This is the only picture I can find of it right now ( Troodon ). He told us that the reason JP4 had not moved forward sooner was that Steven Spielberg had rejected the screenplay that he and Joe Johnston had written. He then said that he was working on a new screenplay with Joe that he thinks Steven would like better.
He then mentioned that he is currently working on a feature length, fully 3D movie that would be a tour of Montana 75 million years ago, going from the ocean to the mountains. I asked if this would be shown at IMAX theaters, and he said that it could be, but was intended as one of the early releases for the new 3D theaters being built across the country, and that they were working on making the JP movies into 3D. I had heard of this project with the Star Wars franchise, but I didn't realize it was going to be so widespread so soon.
I know most of this is either old or not news worthy, but I wanted to pass it along.
As we said, a bit ridiculous concept they were working on. So now, at least we know where the Dinosaur-Human soldiers came into play. You can read the full article here.
Another Marshall Interview
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 18:11 PM (Eastern Time)
Forum Member, Malcolm, has pointed us in the direction of another Frank Marshall interview - he's the producer on JP4 - in this one it's more or less confirmed JP4 will happen, but it's a long ways away.
iF: What about JURASSIC PARK 4?
MARSHALL: Itís kind of off the radar. Weíve got BOURNE here [he indicates at the top of the table heís sitting behind], weíve got INDY here, [indicates a little further back] and we have JURASSIC back here [far back - almost at the edge of table]. Stevenís obviously been pretty busy the last year, so we havenít focused on that yet. But we will.
It's looking indeed likely we'll get JP4 after Indy 4, but the question is when will Indiana Jones 4 come out or is it suffering the same things in production development like Jurassic Park 4 is. You can read the full interview here between iF Magazine and Frank Marshall.
You expect me to talk? NO, I expect you to direct!
Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 - 8:10 AM (Eastern Time)
Hope you like my paraphrasing of a famous movie quote. Forum member, Spinosaurus Rex has noticed that on IGN.com that in piece of news that talks about Frank Marshall's project including The Bourne Ultimatium and Indiana Jones 4, it mentions that JP4 is next on his agenda and that "Spielberg is also expected to direct this one." This is not for certain but if so, then this could be good news that JP4 will be more like JP/TLW then JP3!
Forum member, Robotpo, has shared with us that there is a new Tyrannosaurus rex documentary tonight called T-Rex: A Dinosaur in Hollywood. The documentary will be on Animal Planet tonight at 8 PM Eastern. Please check your local listings for the channel and time, if you are not in the Eastern Time Zone. As for what the show is about...
On the 5th of October 1905 Tyrannosaurus Rex was discovered by paleontologist Barnum T. Brown. This program celebrates the discovery's 100th anniversary by personifying the dinosaur, and his cultural history in a tongue-in-cheek biography
You can visit the Animal Planet site if anybody would like to know more about their programming.
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2006 - 2:03 AM (Eastern Time)
We all felt it was time for a new poll. Our last one was: "What do you like about JPLegacy?"
8% of you, 7 votes, said you liked our message boards 20% of you, 18 votes, said you liked our exclusive Jurassic Park Encyclopedia 7% of you, 6 votes, said you liked our Downloads that are available on the site. A stunning 63% of you, 57 votes, said you enjoyed everything there was about this site!
So what's the poll now? Well, it's a JP4 related poll now. Check it out below our links to your right!
UPDATE: Something happened in the poll and people will have to revote, we give out many apologies for this. Sorry folks. :(
No JP4 in 2006!
Date: Monday, January 16, 2006 - 16:09 PM (Eastern Time)
Universal Studios has released their official 2006 film slate list this year. Unfortunately, they do not have JP4 listed as one of their 2006 films, but we're still hopeful from the recent rumors that JP4 could be officially announced in 2006 and be produced in 2007 or 2008 with any luck. You can check out the film slate over at Dark Horizon's website.
Date: Monday, January 9, 2006 - 10:34 AM (Eastern Time)
Well, after the other day's previous report that was a re-hash of JP4 news already known. People are wondering two things right now, if and when. The ComingSoon site has interviewed Frank Marshall, who is tied to Indy 4 and apparently Jurassic Park 4, has indicated that JP4 will most likely be worked on after Indiana Jones 4 is completed. The article can be viewed here. Unfortunately, there is still no clear indication, but at least it gives us an approximate if any.
JP4 Script Complete?
Date: Thursday, January 5, 2006 - 14:01 PM (Eastern Time)
With a script by William Monahan allegedly complete, all that remains for Jurassic Park IV to begin production is, well, for it to begin production. Apparently, the project is taking an important step in the right direction, as Popular Science magazine reports that Paleontologist Jack Horner is set to return to the franchise as an advisor with the production aiming for a 2006 release. That seems unlikely to us, but hey, it's Popular Science...they do science, not movie marketing. Little is known about the story at this point, but as we reported here before, Steven Spielberg indicated that there is going to be a big dinosaur sequence where a pack of motorcycles are forced to out run a bunch of Raptors. The uber-director also stated that just as with the other films in the series, he's going to "cherry pick" certain scenes he loved from the books and include them in the new film.
So is this true or is this in fact old news just made to be new? Well we all here are hoping this is a prelude to an official announcement from Universal and hoping JP4 does see the light of day.
Date: Monday, January 2, 2006 - 1:16 AM (Eastern Time)
If you will take a look below our links to your right in the navigation panel of your screen you'll notice our brand new poll system online and ready for voting. Go ahead take a vote! Remember though to see the results you must vote first, this poll system we have is only temporary until we can find a better one to utilize.
Date: Sunday, January 1, 2006 - 4:02 AM (Eastern Time)
Hey everybody! I know that Tyrannosaur already posted a Happy New Years to everybody but I couldn't help myself seeing as how excited I am that it just turned 2006 here in Cali right as I submit this. I'm full of Pizza and am happy to start off the new year, try and keep your resolutions if you wrote any down, do your own things and have fun but be safe, don't fall into peer pressure which a lot of people seem to do nowadays. HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2006!
Happy New Year!
Date: Sunday, January 1, 2006 - 1:14 AM (Eastern Time)
Well, it's that time, the grand ol' ball at Times Square in New York has just dropped drawing a close to 2005. In it's closing it officially has brought 2006 here on the East Coast and we at JPLegacy would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year. Here's hoping to a Jurassic Park 4 announcement this year!