When legendary director Steven Spielberg took to the stage at San Diego’s annual Comic-Con convention on Friday, he was struck by ravenous cheers when he confirmed that there would be a new dinosaur adventure from the Jurassic Park franchise.
The news broke out while the Jaws director was promoting his latest film in the works, ‘The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn’, set for release later this year. A member of the audience asked if there would be a fourth instalment of the saga to which the sixty-four year old unveiled that the project had already began: “We have a story. We have a writer working on the script, and I think we will see a ‘Jurassic IV’ in our forseeable future, probably in the next two or three years,” he confessed. This resulted in the 6,000 fans in the jam-packed huge Hall H erupting in applause.
It has been nearly twenty years since the first adaptation of the novel of the same name, by Michael Critchton reached our screens and the supposed final instalment, Jurassic Park III, was released a decade ago, which brought in a staggering $365 million worldwide. Just like with part 3, Spielberg will not be taking up the role of director, but producer.
Meanwhile, there was a surprise visit at the convention from the producer of the new animated Tintin movie: Peter Jackson, who was on a break from filming the prequel to The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit. Together with the panel they introduced new clips from the Tintin film, which uses the latest motion picture technology.
The story follows a Belgian journalist (Jamie Bell) and his friends who encounter Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and end up on a treasure hunt when they find a clue to the treasure of his ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock.
Spielberg implied his hopes to see his new movie span out into a trilogy, which would see Jackson take up the role as director, but it is up to the audience, “It’s up to you. If you all decide it’s worth seeing, then Peter gets to direct the next one.”
The Adventures of Tintin is set for cinema release on December 23rd, 2011