‘Jurassic Park 4’ put on hold by Universal

The film was due to enter production on June 24

Jurassic Park 4 has been put on hold.

Universal Studios have put the brakes on production after it became clear that the filmmakers were not ready to begin shooting the film on June 24, which means they have had to delay the film from its planned June 13, 2014 release.

A statement from the studio read: “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.”

It continued: “We could not be more excited about the vision that [director] 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.”

Eyebrows were raised when the announcement was made that the next instalment in the dinosaur franchise would be helmed by relatively unknown director, Colin Trevorrow. The blockbuster sequel is a big step up for Trevorrow, whose only previous feature film is Safety Not Guaranteed, an indie comedy-drama made for just $750,000 (£500,000) that came out last December (2012). The delay in production will only add to fan fears.

The Jurassic Park films, based on a 1993 novel by Michael Crichton, have grossed a collective $1.9 billion (£1.2 billion) worldwide. Steven Spielberg directed 1994’s Jurassic Park and its 1997 sequel The Lost World, but passed the baton to Joe Johnston for Jurassic Park III in 2001. Spielberg will serve as executive producer on the new Jurassic Park movie, which has a script by Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.