By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Universal Pictures
Back in February uber-producer Frank Marshall announced that a Jurassic Park IV script was ready and that we could expect the film in theatres by 2008.
Though we don't usually get all that geeked on burnt out sequels, Frank Marshall has not only had his hands on Jurassic Park IV but Indiana Jones IV as well.
Jurassic Park IV and Indiana Jones IV Under Marshall
If these two films were in a race, we would say that it looks like Jurassic Park IV is about to jump into the lead. Indiana Jones IV may of had a huge lead back during last summer, but so many script delays have continuously postponed production. Fortunately for Frank Marshall, both of these horses are his own, and he seems to believe that Indy IV will still arrive before JP; even if it is close.
MTV recently caught up with Marshall and got him to discuss the current developments, delays, and progress happening on both films. Though things may be going slower than we had hoped for Indy, Frank Marshall continues to be optimistic.
The good news for superproducer Frank Marshall is that he has two high-profile franchises at his disposal, and they both will likely make the increasingly common jump from trilogy to four-part series. The bad news is that he faces fan inquiries about them every day. " 'Jurassic Park 4' is coming to life," he proudly reported. "There's a script, we're getting a director and we're going to get going probably toward the end of this year." Referring to the director of "Park 3," Marshall added that "Joe Johnston could be back. We want to get the script right before we go forward, which is exactly what's [happening with what] your next question is going to be about, 'Indy 4.' " OK then, Frank: What is going on with the next Indiana Jones movie? "We're getting the script right, we're working on it. It's not one of those things that's on the back burner." Grinning, Marshall added that he might try to get both films made by simply combining them. "Indiana Jones goes to the island," he said. "Indy versus the raptors. Get him with that whip."
Since the Jurassic Park franchise has continued to decline ever since the original film, I don't know how amped we should be hearing that there is a script, but no word on the angle it takes or whether or not it is even good.
Indiana Jones IV continues to stall; something we will allow since this is one film we definitely want them to get right.