Studios Get Moving on Jurassic Park 4, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Alice in Wonderland 2

Mind you, not that “Jurassic Park 4”, “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” and “Alice in Wonderland 2” have anything in common — besides the fact that they’re all sequels to lackluster big-budget studio films that have made billions of dollars worldwide. But the news involving them are minor enough that I didn’t feel like giving them their own posts.

And so …

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First up, Universal is moving ahead on a “Jurassic Park 4”, with Steven Spielberg confirmed back as a producer. The studio has also set the film up for a June 13, 2014 release date, with writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver currently banging away on the fourth installment in the dinosaur franchise.

Spielberg was supposed to direct “Robopocalypse” as his next gig, but since he’s gone back to square one on that property, it’s believed he has an open spot in his schedule. Perhaps one that a movie about giant dinosaurs eating people could possibly fill.

Spielberg previously helmed the first movie in 1993, then the sequel “Jurassic Park: The Lost World” four years later. Joe Johnston of “Captain America” fame took over on part 3 in 2001.

Johnny Depp in Alice in Wonderland (2010) Movie ImageMeanwhile, shocking no one, Disney is already moving ahead on a fifth installment in their “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, with Johnny Depp expected back as Captain Jack Sparrow.

The studio has hired screenwriter Jeff Nathanson (“Catch me if you Can”) to do the honors.

The last time we saw Jack Sparrow, he was discovering the Fountain of Youth in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”, with all manner of Tomfoolery going in around him. It was, er, not exactly the best entry in the franchise by a long shot. In fact, it was kinda a mess, but that didn’t stop it from grossing $1 billion worldwide anyway.

Also shocking no one, the studio is also moving ahead on a sequel to “Alice in Wonderland”, though Depp has not yet signed on for that one. He hasn’t turned it down or anything, of course, especially if the paycheck is right, and I suspect it will be.

Hey, nowhere to go but up, right?

Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush in Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides (2011) Movie Image