‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ screenwriters take on ‘Jurassic Park 4′

'Jurassic Park' (Canadian Press/Mary Evans Picture Library)

Want to make a sequel to a movie about dinosaurs running amok in the modern world? Why not hire two screenwriters who know a little bit about animals wreaking havoc on mankind?

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Entertainment Weekly confirms that the long rumoured dino-sequel "Jurassic Park 4" may have just found a scripting team in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. It's been eleven years since "Jurassic Park 3" came out, so it's safe to say that the nearly 20-year-old (!) franchise is a prime candidate for the reboot treatment. Jaffa and Silver's surprisingly successful revamp of the even older "Planet of the Apes" series proves that they may be just the people for the job.

As it turns out, "Jurassic Park" and "Planet of the Apes" have quite a bit in common. Both centre on humanity using scientific means to create things that aren't meant to be - playing god with predictable results. In the case of "Jurassic Park," it was a corporation using dinosaur DNA to clone the long extinct beasts, and subsequently attempting to monetize the animals by building a theme park around them. The mix of wholesome family fun and carnivorous reptiles went about as well as you would expect it to.

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Based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same name, the original 1993 film was directed by movie maestro Steven Spielberg and spawned two somewhat lacklustre sequels. The follow-up, "The Lost World" was directed by Spielberg, while the third film (inventively titled "Jurassic Park 3") was helmed by "Captain America" director Joe Johnston.

Johnston's film was a moderate success, but was almost universally reviled by critics. Nevertheless, series producer Steven Spielberg has always maintained that a fourth "Jurassic Park" film was a definite possibility. There was no major action on the "JP4" front (save for some casting and story rumours back in 2007) until last year's Comic-Con, when Spielberg announced that he was hoping to make the movie "within the next two or three years." While there is no director or actors currently attached, hiring Jaffa and Silver is obviously the first step in the process. No one seems sure if the film will be a true sequel or a full on reboot, but perhaps the writers can help Spielberg avoid the dreaded "fourth movie curse" that has plagued so many franchises, including Spielberg's own "Indiana Jones" series. As long as there are no aliens in "Jurassic Park 4," we may be in the clear.

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