It’s easy to forget about the hugely-anticipated Jurassic Park 4 after weeks of non-stop buzz and announcements surrounding the Star Wars universe following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm late last year. In fact, little has been said about Jurassic Park 4 in months — strange, considering the movie is slated for a release next year.
The first bit of news we’ve heard about Jurassic Park 4 isn’t too great, though: Kathleen Kennedy, producer of all three Jurassic Park films, recently jumped ship to focus entirely on the production of Star Wars VII and beyond. Kennedy is heading Lucasfilm as President following Disney’s acquisition, and it isn’t too surprising that the producer and studio runner has just a bit on her plate. Her departure from Jurassic Park 4 is a clear signal that she’s looking to focus entirely on the Star Wars brand as it heads into its latest, and potentially biggest, phase.
@jackdelamare No, Ms. Kennedy has moved onto Star Wars and will not be producing JP4. She’s traded raptors for TIE fighters.
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) February 17, 2013
(Frank Marshall is another producer on Jurassic Park 4.)
What does this mean for Jurassic Park? It’s likely that the film will be pushed back from its slated June 2014 release. The film now has no producer and no (announced) director, making it highly unlikely that production can begin on time. Kennedy’s departure is a sad addition to the substantial problems which have plagued the long-anticipated return of the Jurassic Park franchise since its last release, Jurassic Park 3, in 2001. It’s also a big loss: Kennedy was one of the main figureheads behind the Jurassic Park trilogy’s success in the box office, having produced all three films.
There’s no telling what will happen next with Jurassic Park 4, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information is released!