The future is going to be absolutely prehistoric! 2014 is set to be the year of the dinosaurs again.
In great news for Jurassic Park fans (well, unless they were particularly put off by 3) and presumably nerve-shredding news for Disney execs, Universal have officially given Jurassic Park 4 a release date: 13th June, 2014. That release date is just over a fortnight after that of Pixar's dino-film, The Good Dinosaur (due 30th May, 2014).
Is it an intentional move, like it seemed to be when Disney deciding to release Planes theatrically shortly after the trailer for DreamWorks' Turbo was released? Perhaps. Particularly with the announcement coming so soon after our first look at Pixar's 2014 Bob Peterson-directed release. Whether intentional or not though, this is surely going to take a Tyrannosaurus-sized bite out of Pixar's box office receipts for The Good Dinosaur. Being released in such close proximity to any such major blockbuster would be detrimental to a film's performance (hence why 2015's going to be a tough year for non-blockbusters - with Star Wars: Episode VII, The Avengers 2, Justice League and maybe even Avatar 2 all hitting cinemas), but going up against one with a similar basis, if not even a remotely similar plot, will surely be very dangerous.
A bespectacled battle of epic proportions.
Jurassic Park 4 is being produced by Steven Spielberg (who directed the first two films; Joe Johnston directed the third) and Frank Marshall, with the script being written by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver; no director has been named.
The Good Dinosaur is released in the UK on 18th July, 2014.
Via The Hollywood Reporter.