Kathleen Kennedy Departs ‘Jurassic Park IV’ to Focus on ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg are producing this 3D action-adventure, with no director attached as of yet.

Producer Frank Marshall confirmed today that his wife Kathleen Kennedy will not be producing Jurassic Park IV, since she is focusing on Star Wars: Episode VII. Take a look at what he had to say on his Twitter account.

The news shouldn't come as a huge shock, since Kathleen Kennedy took over as the head of LucasFilm last June. Months later, Disney bought LucasFilm and announced Star Wars: Episode VII is in the works, a story that dominated entertainment headlines worldwide.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are working on the Jurassic Park IV script, with Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg attached to produce. Universal Pictures has not hired a director for the sequel yet.

Kathleen Kennedy produced Jurassic Park, which is getting a 3D re-release on April 5, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III. Those three films took in more than $1.9 billion at the box office worldwide.

Jurassic World comes to theaters June 12th, 2015 and stars Ty Simpkins, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Chris Pratt, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, B.D. Wong, Omar Sy. The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.

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Comments (19)

  1. The_Crow2k

    @brady1138 I respect your point, but it couldn't be far off from the truth.
    Hollywood has gotten too involve with the projects and doesn't let the directors have the freedom of creativity that they deserved.
    They cut down, butcher and dumb down films on left and right...just look on the last Die Hard, last Spider-Man movie, Spider-Man 3, Transformers, Fantastic Four, and tons of other films.
    Every year that passed Hollywood is shrinking more and more in terms of quality, and those sequels and remakes are only for the sake of milking every franchise because they simply running out of ideas...but they want their cash fast and now, that is the result for poor attempts that we keep getting in the last decade+.
    Cinema is not dead yet though, it's just in coma.

    2 years agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  2. Thomas Clarke (Kiion)

    At least the dinosaur crossed human super soldiers have gone. That would have been dire and a complete stab in the back to Jurassic park fans

    2 years agoby @thomasclarkeFlag

  3. CBF

    JP4 is a slap in the face to Crichton, RIP. The original story was just 1 & 2. 3 was milking it. This is just ridiculous. Just like SW7.

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ghostman Hardly a bad thing for the Dino franchise. Yeah, she helped produce the first one, but I'm sure that given Spielberg's experience over the years and father a trilogy, it will be top quality nonetheless.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  5. ejk1

    I feel the need to echo @slysnide. I didn't give a damn about JP3, and don't find myself caring about JP4. Just not concerned with its possibilities at all.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  6. slysnide

    lolz. "She's traded raptors for TIE fighters." Love it! Better to focus on something that has a lot more expectations than something that nobody is even asking for.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  7. Ghostman

    I find this a good thing( for Star Wars), and at the same time a bad thing( for Jurassic Park)

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  8. Replicant

    @brady1138 I agree, and I still have faith we'll get to a golden age of video-game adaptations soon. JJ Abrams is already eyeing some Valve franchises, and the Need For Speed and Assassins Creed movies could be game changers for the genre...

    2 years agoby @felipe-11Flag

  9. LuxoIII

    @the-crow2k Well, there are obviously a few missteps along the way, but most of them work out. I think we're getting the best we could from Hollywood. Sequels and remakes are in vogue now (nostalgia is very trendy these days), so even though there's less complete originality, they're still more willing to give the movies to the directors and let them just run with their projects and allow quality to carry them off to box office success.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  10. Sean

    @SherlockHolmes2009 Yes, probably.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. Dan

    Still some great talent behind JP4.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  12. ROFLitschristian

    Sounds like she's just prioritizing her work.

    2 years agoby @ROFLitschristianFlag

  13. the MovieGhost

    My thoughts exactly @therealGoku. I'll take TIE Fighters over Velociraptors any day.

    2 years agoby @the-movieghostFlag

  14. The_Crow2k

    @brady1138 I wish you were right....because other than trying to think what the audience wants, they usually screw things up.
    I prefer that Hollywood will invest in new and creative idea and give us new series of films to think of.
    And that being said with all love aside to the current franchises.

    2 years agoby @the-crow2kFlag

  15. SherlockHolmes2009

    Probably the better choice

    2 years agoby @SherlockHolmes2009Flag

  16. LuxoIII

    Of course, the one exception is A Good Day to Die Hard and horror films...although the new Evil Dead looks like it may return horror films to their classic downright-terrifying roots.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  17. LuxoIII

    Seriously, guys I think we're entering the Golden Age of genre filmmaking. We're finally in a time where studios have learned to listen to what their audiences want and produce top-quality material, rather than just put out crap to sell stuff, at least if Star Trek, X-Men: First Class, Nolan's Batman trilogy, the Craig Bond movies, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes are anything to go by. We now live in a world where a superhero team up movie can succeed, having seen Avengers (though why Warner Bros. can't figure out Justice League is anyone's guess...but at least they're waiting until they actually know what they're doing). We now live in a world where there will always be more Star Wars movies to look forward to, Indiana Jones V isn't happening, and Jurassic Park IV is the perfect cherry on top.

    2 years agoby @brady1138Flag

  18. The Real Goku

    I don't blame her. Star Wars is what's popular and what's happening soon. And Jurassic park is getting nowhere fast

    2 years agoby @therealGokuFlag

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