Two long running movie franchises have officially announced a new installment in their respective continuities. First is Jurassic Park 4, which was rumored to be in production for a very long time, but after having thrown Robopocalypse into indefinite hiatus, Steven Spielberg has officially returned to produce another epic dinosaur tale with bleak diminishing returns. They announced that it’ll be released on June 13, 2014 in 3D, so needless to say, it’ll probably turn out to be a nail-biting, down-to-the-last-second production madness. If there’s one silver lining in this whole story though, it is perhaps the fact that the script was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, the two scribes that wrote The Rise of the Planet of the Apes screenplay. Unless you hated that movie, that is.
As for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Disney just hired screen writer Jeff Nathanson, the guy who wrote Catch Me if you Can. But he also wrote for a slew of sub-par films like Rush Hour 3, Speed 2, Indiana Jones 4, and Tower Heist…so let’s call this one a dice roll. It also looks like Johnny Depp hasn’t officially signed on to play the titular character, Captain Jack Sparrow, and it hasn’t been confirmed whether or not Geoffrey Rush or Penelope Cruz will be returning to reprise their roles either. They probably should get on that quick, but if it all backfires, I guess they still have the Marvel movies to lean on.
Initially, both of these properties aren’t looking too good. However, I think there’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that a fifth Pirates movie will earn a ton of money regardless of the quality. The real question is whether or not people are still interested in a Jurassic Park film. I’d say viral marketing and sparking public interest by throwing in some interesting casting decisions may be the key, but I’m not sure that’ll be enough to get even me in the theater, especially since they seem to be placing more importance on quickly releasing it on 3D.
Actually, you know what? This may not be such a big day for dinosaurs and pirates after all.
Written by Daniel Lee