Jurassic Park 4 Gets Apes Writers

Jurassic Park (1993) Movie Mondo PosterStudios assigning writers to movies isn’t necessarily fool-proof evidence that the movie is destined to get made, but it does indicate that the studio is beyond the “just thinking about it” stage since they’re pro-actively shelling out money to get themselves a script. So if you’re a “Jurassic Park” fan, and have been hoping for a fourth entry for a while now, then good news, Universal is now beyond the just thinking about it stage.

The writing duo of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have been officially tapped by the studio to get cracking on a script for “Jurassic Park 4″. The duo’s credits include the surprise hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”, and will be co-writing the sequel, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. They’ve been writing together since 1996’s “Eye for an Eye” and 1997’s “The Relic”, but curiously, don’t have a single credit between then and 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”.

Late last year, Steven Spielberg talked up the fourth movie, but he has no plans to direct. Though he will return to produce along with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall for Universal.

It’s surprising that the studio has been so late in getting a fourth installment up and running. Part 3, probably the weakest in the franchise, still managed to pull in a whopping $368 million worldwide back in 2001. In today’s numbers, that’s a pretty good box office haul, though admittedly nothing close to 1993’s “Jurassic Park”, which nearly topped the $1 billion mark. Part 2, meanwhile, hit $618 in 1997. The franchise, of course, began life as a Michael Crichton novel.

Via : Deadline