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Jurassic Park 4 - What we know and what we hope to see


It's the scenes like this that made me fall in love with Jurassic Park.  After one genius movie and two really bad misses, the Jurassic Park franchise is getting its fourth installment.  Earlier this month, Collider spoke with Steven Spielberg while he was promoting his film War Horse, and they asked him for some details about the new Jurassic Park movie.  He wouldn't give any details just yet, like whether it's a reboot or not, though he did say that he isn't directing, but producing Jurassic Park 4.

No comments on whether it is in 3D, who's in it, if it is a reboot or a direct sequel -- nothing.  If you recall, last year, Captain America director Joe Johnston had this tasty tidbit to say about Jurassic Park 4:

We are in discussions about ‘Jurassic Park 4.’ The most important thing I can tell you is that it starts a new trilogy that will go off in a different direction — a completely different direction that is very exciting, and different from anything we’ve seen. It starts with the history of the first trilogy, but it spins it off in a completely different direction. That’s all I can tell you.

So from what we know so far, Spielberg is only producing the movie, and that the movie will have things from the first trilogy and then do its own thing.  Sounds like a reboot to me.  If I had to venture a guess, the fourth installment will mention the first film -- you know, the good one -- and act as if the second two never happened.  I think that's a prudent course of action, considering The Lost World featured motorcycle-riding mercenaries capturing dinosaurs and not acting amazed that they're indeed riding next to a dinosaur.  Oh, and a T-rex walking through a city?  Lame! 

The third movie? Well, a bad plot and reason to go back kept this from ever getting off the ground. The only good thing was that Alan Grant was in this movie. While he can save Tim from a Jeep falling down a tree, he couldn't save this disaster of a movie.

So what do we think the new Jurassic Park will entail?  While we can't possibly imagine what the storyline will be, we can speculate on characters that will be in it, 3D, reboot -- that type of stuff.

From the quotes we've seen, a new Jurassic Park trilogy would mean new characters.  We might have a mention -- highly doubt a cameo -- of characters like John Hammond, Alan Grant, and Ian Malcolm, but it'll be hard to come up with a quality plot that involves these characters roaming among dinosaurs again.  You also can't use these characters in a straight-up reboot, because then you'd have to re-envision them and the first movie.  Fans would go nuts if they changed the only good movie of the trilogy.  This lends to the probability of it being a sequel that reboots the franchise after the original movie.  Try to pretend like the last two films never happened.  That means new characters with strong, likeable personalities need to be created.  We need personalities to capture us like the first one offered.  We also need another Muldoon.  That guy was awesome.

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Clever girl...

If we can believe Johnston's quote, homage to the first and then a completely different storyline is what we're talking about, but how do you change Jurassic Park?  They should've stopped after the first, because it's hard to change that recipe that made the first one so great.  The character's reactions to everything around them were exactly how they should be.

You can't exactly change everything with this reboot.  You can't make it grittier like Christopher Nolan's Batman movies.  They're dinosaurs; how do you make them grittier/darker?  You can't reboot them like the new Star Trek movie did.  If you introduce alternate realities/timelines to Jurassic Park, then I don't know what to say.  However, I do think that J.J. Abrams could work wonders with a Jurassic Park script.  Everything the guy touches is gold, and he made Star Trek popular again, and mainstream at the same time -- something I thought was impossible.

Something easier to speculate on than the storyline is the usage of 3D.  Of course it's going to have 3D.  Every movie is being remade with 3D.  Finding Nemo 3DBeauty and the Beast 3DTitantic 3D.  Why would they not take advantage of the opportunity to give us a dinosaur movie -- a good dinosaur movie -- in 3D?  While I'm personally not a fan of 3D movies, I do think that a strong, emotional script combined with good 3D (not 3D gimmicks with a dinosaur chomping at the audience) would make for a heck of a cinematic experience.

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This. 3D. Make it happen.

Some things that I'm begging for:

  • Don't make it an action flick; that's the fastest way to ruin a Jurassic Park movie
  • Make the movie about survival, with strong, emotional ties to the characters, the situation they're in, and their character's evolution
  • Don't try to make the dinosaurs evolve.  I don't need to see them using AK-47s or anything like that.  They're dinosaurs.  They're cool enough how they are.
  • Don't have a full-blown comedy character in the movie.  Malcolm wasn't a comedy character, but he provided comic relief.  He had some funny, witty lines and make you chuckle with his comments and reactions.  He wasn't full blown Jar Jar Binks.  Once you go full Jar Jar there's no going back.

I trust an awesome script and storyline is being written for Jurassic Park 4.  There would be no reason to further harm this franchise by providing a less than stellar plot.  So regardless of reboot or straight up sequel, new characters or the same old faces, 3D or not, I'm looking forward to see what they're doing with this movie. 

What are some of the things you're looking forward to seeing in the new Jurassic Park movie? Any storyline ideas you have?

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