For years, reports on the making of the fourth film of the "Jurassic Park" franchise have come in and out. Back in 2007, rumors on the casting surfaced, but quickly toned down by the film's producer, Steven Spielberg. Since then, updated reports on the development of "Jurassic Park IV" are scarce sparking speculation that the movie may not be made afterall. However, latest report suggested otherwise.
Recently, one of "Jurassic Park" original cast, Laura Dern, assured fans that the fourth installment of the dinosaur movie will not be put aside. To TV Guide Magazine, the 41-year-old actress insisted that though it may take some time, the movie will be made and her character will be back. "It's a while away but my understanding is it's happening and my character is very involved," so claimed the co-star of Sean Penn in "I Am Sam". "I know [director] Steven Spielberg is looking forward to [getting it together] over the next year."
Unlike the three first films in which author Michael Crichton is still pretty much involved with the screenplay, the fourth reportedly will be scribbled only by William Monahan and John Sayles. The film was scheduled to be shot in 2007 and released in 2008, but due to the writers' strike it has been delayed and the schedule is now unconfirmed. In contrast to the earlier rumor concerning the returning of actor Sam Neill, it is now noted that the depicter of Dr. Alan Grant won't appear in it.