By Wayne Harada
Look for the dinos in “Jurassic Park 4” on movie screens the summer of 2014. In 3D, yet.
But whether Hawaii again will be the setting and backdrop, no one knows yet.
Steven Spielberg’s dinosaur adventures is far from extinct. The producer-director announced the intended continuation of his dino franchise at Comic-Con in San Diego last July, but without specifics of whether it would be in 2D or 3D.
Word is now out that Universal Pictures will release the film on June 13, 2014 as the first of the “Jurassic” adventures filmed in the 3D format. Spielberg again will produce with Frank Marshall, his frequent collaborator, though neither a director nor a cast is set.
However, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) are writing the script, which indicates that the dino franchise is now on a fast track to become reality next year. Spielberg a few days ago said his next directorial project, “Robopocalypse,” is off his radar for now, opening a window for the dinos to roam again.
Indeed, his dinos are far from extinct. In fact, they’ll dot the big screens again this year when “Jurassic Park” — the first of the three films — will be rebooted as a 3D remastered feature in a one-week IMAX run April 5, to herald the worldwide return of the 2D version. Blockbusters often get a revival a few years after the first hurrahs; think "Titanic," "Avatar," "The Avengers," "Star Wars," "Indiana Jones," etc.
The original "Jurassic" spawned two sequels, the last arriving in 2001. The first blockbuster starred Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Samuel L. Jackson and Richard Attenborough and prominently featured Hawaii as the playground for the animatronic beasts.
We wondered in a blog last July 22, after Spielberg revealed the ourth film, if the islands would continue be a setting for the franchise, as it did in the three earlier films. Those Kualoa Ranch scenics were something else — bold, grand, verdant — befitting the epic based on the Michael Crichton novel, begetting a theme park spot at Universal Studios. How can Spielberg not revisit our shores again?
So it’s relevant to wonder again: Will Spielberg film “Jurassic Park 4” in Hawaii again, to continue the good fortune of the franchise?