What the New Writers Could Mean for Jurassic Park 4
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have been confirmed as 2 new writers for Jurassic Park 4 after their recent work on the Rise of the Planet of Apes. Having risen from a relatively small resume in screenplay writing to the high point in their careers in terms of box office success with Rise of the Planet of Apes, their impact on Jurassic Park 4 will be profound.
It has been 11 years since the last Jurassic Park installment made its theater debut and by the time Jurassic Park 4 makes it to the theaters the original film will have been released over 20 years ago. The franchise still has a lot of value due to the appeal of dinosaurs that remains to this day and the nostalgic feeling for the franchise, but with the length of time between installments, it is going to take solid writing to turn the film into a critical success.
Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were involved in the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, which is similar in nature to what Jurassic Park 4 will be. The original Planet of the Ape films saw their day decades ago and in some ways the name itself brought people to the ticket office. Many previous attempts into revitalizing the series fell flat though, including the previous Planet of the Apes film that ended on a cliff hanger to never be revisited. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes was a success though and has even earned a sequel that is in its works now.
There have been some speculation that Jurassic Park 4 will be a reboot of sorts to create a second trilogy. Reboots have been popular lately with some series such as Spiderman being rebooted to form a trilogy to be rebooted instantly again. The fact that Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were able to take a series of high esteem and turn it away from a negative trend and into a critical success shows they have the ability to successfully write a reboot story. The Rise of the Planet of the Apes took a concept that already existed, but updated the graphics and effects to modern day and gave us an origins story, making it possible for viewers to have never seen a previous film to understand what was going on. As a result we got a solid story that also captivated an entire new generation of fans, while also drawing in the franchise’s loyal fanbase.
Jurassic Park 4 needs a success of the same manner. The loyal fans will show up, but Jurassic Park hasn’t seen any action in a decade and the original is nearly 20 years old, making it time for entire new generations to witness the birth of dinosaurs all over again. The feeling of seeing a dinosaur on the big screen for the first time, of seeing the velociraptor hatch and show us scientific possibilities, of seeing our imagination become reality… if only in a movie, needs to be the focus on the story. Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have already shown their writing talents and their ability to do just that in another immortalized film series, giving hope and expectations for Jurassic Park 4.
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