Joe Johnston’s been in the movie biz for a long time; so long that this week, as his latest film, Captain America, hits the big screen, his name also pops up in two of the biggest news stories in the industry. Forget Kevin Bacon, Joe’s got his own oracle!
It’s been ten long years since the last Jurassic Park film premiered in theatres, but now Steven Spielberg has finally confirmed that the sci-fi flick will return with a fourth installment, and it’s coming sooner than you may think!
“We have a writer who is writing a treatment and hopefully we well make Jurassic Park 4 in the next two to three years,” Spielberg tells Movieline.
While he didn’t give away any plot details (naturally), someone else has been dishing dirt about Jurassic Park 4. You guessed it Joe Johnston, who also happened to direct Jurassic Park 3. In an interview with ScreenRant, Johnston revealed that JP4 will be the beginning of a new Jurassic Park trilogy that will “go off in a different direction - a completely different direction that is very exciting.”
We’re willing to wager that this “new direction” will also include 3D, but let’s just hope JP4 doesn’t turn out to be a Jurassic Park-Transformer crossover introducing the dinobots.
And in other movie news .
The complete Star Wars saga is being released on Blu-ray this fall (September 2011), and in addition to the remastered footage, fans can expect to see a collection of deleted scenes from Episodes IV-VI. No, not like the futuristic puppets that were added when the flicks were re-released in 1997, but actual never before seen clips featuring Luke, Leia, Darth Vader, and the rest of the movie’s iconic characters.It’s not yet been reported whether or not these scenes are being included in the 3D versions of Episodes I - VI that will be hitting theaters starting in February of 2012.
How does this relate to Johnston? In addition to serving as art director and overseeing the visual effects in the original movies, Johnston actually had a small part in Episode IV - a crew member aboard the Death Star! Sure, it was an uncredited role, but still .