Although Steven Spielberg’s movie world is currently revolving around everything “Lincoln,” the filmmaking legend always has his hands full with a variety of buzz-worthy projects, one of them being the much-discussed/hyped “Jurassic Park 4.”
Thanks to a recent update from Spielberg’s longtime producing partner Kathleen Kennedy, we can tell you that the film IS moving forward, we just don’t know when we’ll see it.
“[We’re] writing, writing, writing,” Kennedy said of the film’s status during a press event pegged to the Oct. 9 Blu-ray release of “E.T.” (the first movie Kennedy produced with Spielberg). “It’s really hard to keep these things going when there’s an expectation and a desire by the public and the audience to keep certain franchises going,” she added. “As filmmakers we often sit there going, ’Okay, we have to answer the question, “Why do another one?”’ If you can’t answer that question, you shouldn’t be doing it. It’s tough. We’re trying to come up with a story that makes sense and isn’t going to disappoint people and is hopefully going to get people excited and reinvigorate the franchise. So we’ll see, we’ve got to start with a script and the story.”
The story is currently being written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) and according to Kennedy, no one wants another one more than the studio.
“[The studio] is just like, ’When?!'” Kennedy laughed. “They don’t care about the agony we’re going through.”
At least we can take comfort in the fact that they seem to be taking their time in developing the project and that it is happening – the same of which cannot be said for the rumors about another “Indiana Jones” movie. When I asked her about all the question marks surrounding a fifth installment of that franchise, Kennedy dodged the question with a shrug of her shoulders, offering up neither a glimmer of hope or kabash on the idea.
In addition to any movement on “Jurassic Park 4,” another project we’re ready to get behind is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The BFG,” which is being written by “E.T.” scribe Melissa Mathison.
“[It’s] live action, [and we’re] pretty far along,” Kennedy said of the development process.