You Never Had Control, That's The Illusion

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We've had a lot of news about Jurassic Park 4 surface recently, including just this past week Trevorrow scouting locations in Hawaii. So the tweets (since deleted, but preserved by Ain't It Cool) from Digital Asset Manager Todd Smoyer and Concept Artist Dean Sherriff that read "Goodbye JP4" and "JP4 on hold" came as something of a surprise. Universal waited for about a day, then issued this statement:
"In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal’s beloved franchise. We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise's storied history."
From the day they announced Trevorrow as the director (a scant month ago) I've said that the June 2014 release date was completely unrealistic considering that the director had zero time to prepare. He had a script, which he didn't have input in, he didn't have a cast and much time to assemble one, I'm assuming any animatronics would have to be developed fresh based on the newest script (Jack Horner confirmed the film would focus on a new starring animal) and to shoot and do the significant amount of post and digital effects a Jurassic Park film would need, in just over a year seemed... ambitious, bordering on undoable.

Universal already missed having the fourth film ready for the 20th anniversary, so there isn't any significant reason to rush. Reportedly the studio wants to overhaul the project - again - so that the scope and feel of the film is more "epic," a reasonable ambition for a dinosaur film, though can be worrisome when it is a planned intention rather then a unexpected result. I say if you insist on making this film, then giving Trevorrow the time he needs to construct the best movie he can is the best possible move you can make. Put the time and effort into it that it deserves. And if that doens't happen until closer to the 25th in 2018, then so be it.

I guess my point is, if you insist on making the film, don't make it suck.

Via Den of Geek.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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