Fresh reports indicate that a new Jurassic World movie is in the works and is slated for release as early as next year. Universal Studios plans to rejuvenate the Jurassic Park franchise, responding to the lukewarm critical reception of the 2021 installment, Jurassic World: Dominion.
To ensure the success of this latest addition to the dinosaur saga, the studio has enlisted David Koepp, the original Jurassic Park screenwriter responsible for both the groundbreaking 1993 film and its sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Since its debut nearly three decades ago, the Jurassic Park series has consistently delivered cinematic magic, a trademark skill of Steven Spielberg. It not only revolutionized visual effects but also brought dinosaurs to life in an unprecedented manner.
The original story, based on Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel, set itself apart by merging high-stakes adventure with a cautionary tale about the ethical implications of genetic engineering. Grossing over $1 billion globally, the film’s success naturally led to sequels. Across six movies, the franchise has generated an impressive $6 billion.
The most recent installment, Jurassic World: Dominion, released in 2021, marked the conclusion of the second trilogy. It aimed to bridge the gap between legacy characters and the new generation, featuring the return of Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum.
Despite receiving mixed critical reviews, particularly for its plot and occasionally unbelievable dinosaur fight scenes, the film achieved significant commercial success. This success underscores the enduring popularity of the franchise and dinosaurs in general.
Jurassic World 4 is Thought to be Targeting a 2025 Release
Despite only being recently announced, Universal is reportedly aiming to release the movie in cinemas next year. While this goal seems achievable, provided unforeseen events like a pandemic or strike actions don’t interfere, it does pose a significant challenge given the intricate special effects involved. The swift turnaround raises concerns reminiscent of Marvel Studios’ past struggles with tight deadlines and overworked effects artists.
Currently lacking a director, the movie’s development is overseen by long-time franchise producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley, with Steven Spielberg serving as an executive producer through Amblin Entertainment.
The upcoming installment is expected to offer a fresh perspective on the dinosaur saga, potentially featuring an all-new cast. This approach, previously successful with Jurassic World, could provide a rejuvenating boost to the franchise after Jurassic World: Dominion completed the nostalgia cycle.
David Koepp, with his successful track record including Jurassic Park and The Lost World, as well as other hits like Mission: Impossible and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, brings valuable credentials to ensure the movie’s success.
While the Jurassic Park franchise was never destined for extinction, the effectiveness of a new narrative, cast, and direction in delivering both a blockbuster box office and satisfying fans remains uncertain. Universal’s planned release window suggests that more details about the next installment in the dinosaurs vs. humans saga will be revealed soon, inviting anticipation and curiosity about what lies ahead.