On October 9 Steven Spielberg’s classic E.T. arrives on Blu-ray for the first time ever. To build press for the day, producer Kathleen Kennedy talked to various outlets about the new release. Collider snuck in a question about the long gestated Jurassic Park IV.
So, what is the status of the fourth Jurassic Park?
“Writing, writing, writing,” emphasizes Kennedy. “It’s really hard to keep these things going when there’s an expectation and a desire by the public and the audience to keep certain franchises going. As filmmakers, we often sit there constantly saying, ‘Okay. We have to answer the question, ‘Why do another one?” If you can’t answer that question, you shouldn’t be doing it. It’s tough. We’re trying to come up with a story that makes sense and isn’t going to disappoint people and is, hopefully, going to get people excited and reinvigorate the franchise. We’ve got to start with a script and the story.”
When asked what is the conversation with the studio is like, Kennedy explained: “They’re just like, “When?” They don’t care about the agony we’re going through.”
I think the real question that should have been asked is: Jurassic Park IV or Jurassic Park 3D? The entire franchise has pulled in $1.9 billion worldwide thus far.