Jurassic Park 4 is going to have to close its gates for some renovations, at least momentarily. Production for the sequel was expected to begin on June 24 of this year for a June 13, 2014 release, but Universal has just announced that they are pulling back on filming because the project needs more time for development.
THR obtained a statement from the studio explaining why there will be a temporary production halt for the tentpole film.
â€œIn coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universalâ€™s beloved franchise.â€
Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow had in fact already begun location scouting before the announcement came. The filmmaker even teased some familiar images to give an idea of what to expect from the next chapter of the Jurassic Park.
Itâ€™s not clear how long this delay will last, but the studio received a draft of the script only a few days ago. The move put in motion the studio development process and a new round of budgeting.
Unlike the Fast and Furious 7 situtation where James Wan was chosen to replace Justin Lin after Lin felt that he could not deliver a quality film and meet its scheduled release date, Jurassic Park 4 just shut down production entirely because the studio did not want to risk making a tentpole film just to meet a scheduled release date.
The report didnâ€™t mention anything about the studio being unhappy with the script, but as previously mentioned, it did cite that the budget had to be reworked. Jurassic Park 4 is written by Safety Not Guaranteed writer Derek Connolly and produced by Frank Marshall.