Steven Spielberg Kicking Around Ideas for Jurassic Park 4

I’m frankly shocked a new “Jurassic Park” movie hasn’t reared its prehistoric head sooner. After all, it’s been over 10 years since the last installment, Joe Johnston’s “Jurassic Park 3″, which despite poor reviews, still managed to gross over $368 million worldwide from an estimated $100 million production budget. A lot of movie studios would call that a runaway success, but apparently Universal was hoping for more.

Steven Spielberg, the producer and director on the first two “Jurassic Park” movies, hasn’t given up on the franchise yet (or on dinosaurs; he’s got a new dinosaur-heavy show called “Terra Nova” coming to FOX soon), and THR reports that the director is currently “[kicking] around ideas” for a fourth movie with “I am Legend” writer Mark Protosevich.

Nothing is official, no scripts have been written, and currently one is getting paid to do anything, and the idea of a “Jurassic Park 4″ is said to be purely “exploratory”.

The first “Jurassic Park”, based on a novel by the late Michael Crichton about scientists cloning dinosaurs from DNA frozen in amber, was directed by Spielberg and made a whopping $914 million worldwide. Remember, this was back in 1993. In today’s dollars and adjusted for inflation, that’s over a billion. If Spielberg’s “Terra Nova” becomes a hit, though, you can expect a “Jurassic Park 4″ to get fast-tracked.