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Sam Neill Says Jurassic Park 4 is ‘a Big Reboot, a Total Re-Jig’

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It seems as though dinosaurs aren’t the only things getting a reboot in the world of Jurassic Park. In fact, according to the original film’s star Sam Neill, the whole franchise is getting a makeover.

New Zealand’s Dominion Post spoke with the actor who played Dr. Alan Grant in the 1993 Steven Spielberg film about his possible involvement in the recently delayed Jurassic Park 4. Here’s an excerpt from the piece:

As well as confirming that he is unlikely to be a part of next year’s Jurassic Park 4 (“I’m told it’s a big reboot, a total re-jig”), Neill confesses he hasn’t seen the new version of the original.

As The Mary Sue points out, it’s unclear whether Neill means the film will be a complete reboot, going back and redoing the story from Michael Crichton’s 1990 novel, or if he means that the new film will feature a new cast of characters and a different story.

Jurassic Park 4 has a script written by Rise of the Planet of the Apes‘ Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, but was rewritten by director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) and his partner Derek Connolly. The film was originally scheduled to start shooting in June, but was pushed back to an undisclosed date.


  • bhaughwout

    It makes sense. The first three movies used scientific ideas on dinosaurs basically dating from the mid-late 1980s (when Crichton was researching/writing the original) with only smatterings of nineties touches. With the past twenty-five years of research, not only would the dinosaurs look, act, and function VERY different than those shown in the 1992 picture, but even the very science (e.g. the frog DNA issue) wouldn’t work given what is now known about dinosaur genetics.

    The core story of Jurassic Park is a strong one, and there are enough different threads between the book and movie that different avenues can be taken easily. But, even beyond things like movie technology or introducing story and characters to a new generation, updating the dinosaur science to where it is today — and one of the strengths of the original was just that, introducing the general population to the idea of warm-blooded dinosaurs and such; consider the same issue of feathered dinosaurs and such today — really does leave the door open for a soft reboot if not a full-fledged one.