June 13, 2014 became a date met with either excitement or fear following the news that Jurassic Park 4 was officially set to arrive. Of course with it only being a matter of days since the news broke, the finer details on the amusement park that time forgot are slim. Currently there are only three names that are indefinitely attached to the surprise sequel; the original master of dino-disaster, Steven Spielberg will be on board as producer and Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes writers, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are well underway penning a script.
All the names mentioned are promising factors to some but, the one worry is which brave explorer will be helming the return trip to Mr. Hammond’s fantastic family getaway? Who is going to handle the directing duties of Jurassic Park 4? Here’s a few ideas.
If someone had told me four years ago that I was going to be anything remotely close to a Star Trek fan, I would’ve spat on their replica Starfleet badge and told them to go on their merry. Of course, that would have been before J.J. Abrams turned up with a lens flare and a fresh faced cast. Respectful of the originals and putting his own whip-smart twist on things with a prequel that wasn’t really a prequel, Abrams proved that even the most treasured enterprise (complete with Enterprise) was a walk in the park for him. Why would a Jurassic one be any different?
He’s got all the right traits for the job really. As the co-creator of Lost, Abrams is no stranger to dealing with folk trapped on an island they shouldn’t be on and he’s even worked on his own creature feature, Super 8 (which Spielberg also produced). Another surprise summer hit, the 70’s set sci-fi skilfully balanced a solid story of man vs. misunderstood monster, as well as putting characters in danger that you actually cared about, something that Jurassic Park III was severely lacking. The real charm with Super 8 though was with Abrams’ cinematic salute to the adventure films from a time gone by; The Goonies, Stand By Me and most notably, Spielberg’s own E.T. It was that exact sort of forgotten flame that the director managed to reignite and if given the chance could probably do so again if he was given the job.
Already pally-pally with Spielberg thanks to their joint effort bringing Hergé’s comic book character Tintin to life, it isn’t hard to imagine Peter Jackson helping out his mate and adding to a film series that, in a way, made him the director he is today. Revealed in the build-up to The Secret Of The Unicorn, Jackson’s love of computer special effects and the eventual creation of Weta Digital spawned from the first time he saw Jurassic Park. It was this fascination with the visually fantastic that put him on the route to making some of the most eye-watering set-pieces ever caught on film. Without raptors in the kitchen, there’d be no riddles in the dark.
Speaking of Weta, that workshop of wizardry has provided an invaluable tool for the director’s biggest epics, consisting of not only the stories from Middle-Earth but Jackson’s brave remake of King Kong. Through the Eighth Wonder Of The World, audiences were shown just what he was capable of when left in the prehistoric age. Kong’s scrap on Skull Island with the trio of V-Rex’s is the perfect appetiser to help give an idea of what Jackson could deliver if he was given the keys to those torch-lit gates. Who wouldn’t pay good money to see him open them?