Just when it looked like “Jurassic Park 4” was close to becoming a reality, it gets snatched away again, at least for a little while. After tweets from members of the crew on the evening of May 7 made it seem like the movie might be done, Universal Studios has released a statement explaining a delay.
The statement reads, “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. 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.”
The move to delay the movie might seem surprising considering that May 2 Trevorrow, the film’s director, tweeted a photo from a scouting trip, revealing that the franchise would return to the location of the first “Jurassic Park.”
The tweets that caused an uproar overnight came from a concept artist, Dean Sherriff, and a digital assets manager, Todd Smoyer. In the now deleted tweets, Sherriff simply wrote “JP4 on hold,” while Smoyer got a bit deeper. “Hollywood makes and crushes dreams. Goodbye JP4,” he writes. After tweeting the messages, Smoyer locked his account so he can control who sees it, while Sherriff simply deleted his.
“Jurassic Park 4” was originally slated for a June 13, 2014 release. With no timetable given for the delay, it’s unknown what the new release date will be.