Director Joe Johnston is ready to walk the dinosaur again. The man behind Universal Pictures Jurassic Park 3 has expressed interest in helming the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park saga. Johnston told Ain’t It Cool News:
There is a great story for the fourth one that I would be interested in getting involved with, and it’s nothing like the first three. It sort of takes the franchise off in a completely different direction, which is the only way I would want to get involved. Why would anybody go back to that island? It was hard enough to figure out the second and third reason for them to go, but it would take it off in a whole other trilogy basically, but when it gets to that level it’s sort of about studios and Steven [Spielberg's] thing and who knows. I think we are at that point where we are due for another one if we are going to do it.”
The Jurassic Park films have grossed over $2 billion worldwide. In a 2006 interview with the now defunct fan site StevenSpielbergFilms.com, Jurassic Park producer Steven Spielberg referred to Johnston as the “go-to Jurassic guy,” stressing that the director was “the right guy to do the fourth one.”
Johnston most recent project is Universal’s epic reboot The Wolfman, opening in theaters on Feb. 12, 2010.
Universal Pictures has not released any official news on the development of Jurassic Park 4. But, in the meantime, we can enjoy this wonderful mash-up of JP scenes set to harmonious sounds of Weird Al Yankovich: