After years of starts and stops, Universal's Jurassic Park franchise is finally continuing with a fourth film, now that Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have signed on.
Deadline reports that "While Universal Pictures has been trying all summer to generate new franchises, the studio is getting moving with the fourth installment of its biggest one, Jurassic Park. Universal is setting Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver to write the script for the fourth film, which will be produced by Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy. Spielberg won't direct this one."
"The first three films, which started with the Spielberg-directed 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park based on the bestselling novel by Michael Crichton, have grossed over $1.9 billion worldwide collectively. Universal is rereleasing the original film in 3D on July 19, 2013."
Rise of the Planet of the Apes won some deserved praise for its straightforward, relatively intelligent storytelling (even if the film's ending was a bit muddled), so my interest in the Jurassic Park franchise is somewhat renewed by this news. Here's hoping they find a director who's equally promising.