January 13, 2012
Steven Spielberg rules himself out of 'Jurassic Park 4'
But he will still serve as producer on the dinosaur sequel
Steven Spielberg has said that he will not direct Jurassic Park 4.
A fourth movie in the blockbusting dinosaur franchise has been in the works for some time. But now the directing giant has said that while he is involved in the development, he will not helm the movie.
He told Collider: "I don’t want to talk about Jurassic Park 4 yet - it's too early - but I can tell you that I'm not directing it. I'm producing it though."
Neither would the director confirm whether the movie would be a direct sequel to Jurassic Park 3 to mark the original’s 20th anniversary, or a reboot of the original story: "I can't say. I will when the time is right, but for now I can't talk about it."
Spielberg recently expressed his desire to post-convert the original into 3D. His producing partner Kathleen Kennedy recently said of the concerns over a fourth movie: "A great script is what it's gonna take to get a fourth Jurassic Park. We have a very high bar for ourselves because we're just like the audience, we don't wanna make the movie if there's not a reason to make the movie."
She continued: “So we've kinda created the dilemma ourselves because it was never intended to be a franchise, so there's an argument to be made - 'Why are you doing a fourth Jurassic Park?' So we've gotta find a good reason for why we're doing a fourth Jurassic Park and we're in the midst of working on that right now."
The pair's new movie War Horse is released today (January 13). You can watch the trailer below.