Jurassic Park 4, which was originally scheduled to be released on June 13, 2014, has been postponed.
Rumors of trouble with the film began circulating Tuesday, with Ain’t It Cool News reporting that concept artist Dean Sherriff tweeted that Jurassic Park 4 had been put “on hold.” Sherriff later deleted the tweet, but Todd Smoyer, the film’s Digital Assets Manager tweeted shortly afterward, “Hollywood makes and crushes dreams. Goodbye JP4.”
However, the film is not completely extinct, according to Universal.
“In 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 Universal’s beloved franchise,” the production company said in a statement. “We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise’s storied history.”
While there isn’t much known about the plot at this point, Trevorrow tweeted a picture of the landscape from the original film, which was set in Isla Nublar. The sequels were set in Isla Soma, or Site B, so it appears that this latest installment will be returning to the original island.
The film’s crew is also keeping quiet on what new dinosaurs can be expected for Jurassic Park 4. Paleontologist and film consultant Jack Horner teased fans with, “I can’t actually tell you who that will be. But you’ll want to keep the lights on after you see this movie.”
What we do know, however, is that the concept art that was floating around of a dinosaur/human hybrid was not official. While the photos were stamped with Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) watermarks, a representative for the visual effects company — which was founded by George Lucas in 1975 — said, “Not sure where this stuff came from but it’s not from a production we’ve worked on. Looks like someone’s personal work – ILM doesn’t put © lines on our work like in those images – we don’t own the work – the clients do.”
A new release date has yet to be announced for Jurassic Park 4.