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Sam Neill on JURASSIC PARK 4!!!

Hey folks, Harry here... We all knew as soon as that the second that box office result from JURASSIC PARK 3 came in... you could see the writing on the wall that there would be a 4th one. We've all heard that Steven came up with a hunky dory idea for this new one. Well, our buddy here in the land down under ran into Sam, and here's the results...

Dear Harry,

I was doing some shopping Monday in my native Queenstown, New Zealand, when I noticed a certain figure exiting the Saffron eatery. It was none other than local celeb Sam Neill!

Now, I've read that he doesn't usually enjoy being made a fuss of, but he didn't look in a big hurry, so I went over and said hello. He's actually quite taller in real life than you'd imagine, but a very cool guy to talk to. I asked him about his recent comments in The New Zealand Listener magazine where he mentions a possible role in Jurassic Park IV. He said "Yeah, Steven Spielberg and his people are quite busy prepping another one.

There is a chance you'll see me in it. I'm as surprised as anyone, because I didn't think there was any way they could get Alan Grant involved again. But they came up with a clever idea. Steven just blew me away with the story."

Sam said it "was like putting on a comfy pair of old shoes" when he returned as Grant in JPIII, and would be "quite flattered" if the opportunity arose to revisit the character once more. I begged him to give me a few details on Spielberg's new story, but he wouldn't reveal anything (sorry, I tried!). All he said was "Something frightening is happening concerning those dinosaurs that doesn't necessarily bode well for us humans. Scientists never seem to learn."

I asked if he could at least tell me the flavor and tone of the storyline. After some thinking, Sam said "You know that feeling when you first saw the original film, and you were so in awe, and felt so swept away and mesmerised by the majesty of it all? I believe this premise has the potential to elicit that same kind of response. Out of all the concepts that've been created for these movies, this is possibly my favorite."

I then told him I really hope he turns up in JPIV. He said "Thank you. We'll see."

I got an autograph from Sam, but was really peeved that I had no camera to take a photo. I tried very hard to remember most of what he said regarding JPIV so I could report it. Sam Neill came across as really down-to-earth and genuine, unlike many big stars.

Thanks, Harry!

Mark

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  • Nov. 6, 2002, 4:51 a.m. CST

    4, 5, 6, 7?! Who cares! It's not like Sam Neile's some great act

    by chuckrussel

    'nuff said!

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 4:52 a.m. CST

    I have to try...

    by JamesTCT

    FIRST?

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 4:57 a.m. CST

    fake?

    by astroboy

    he sounded like he was doing promo for a film with all those fancy words, and that was just in a casual conversation after lunch or something?

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 5 a.m. CST

    I actually prefered the chud.com response to this same news.

    by Dolemite_fan

    .

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 5:01 a.m. CST

    haha I think you'll find I was first! :P

    by astroboy

    Has there been any other confirmation of a JP4 movie? JP3 was allright but the ending with the raptor confrontation was way too weak. the spinosaur fight should have been the real ending or the t-rex should have saved the day again :) sod JP4 tho just go see 28Days!

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Sam's not in New Zealand at the moments, moron

    by TheGinger Twit

    This is bullshit.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 5:10 a.m. CST

    I was eating at McDs in Washington DC and I just happened to bum

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    He told me was going to be that Iraq was a dirty dirty country and we were just the folk to clean it up, and asked me if I remember the majesty of the first Desert Storm, well, what he's got planned up his sleeve is the most exciting invasion of Middle Eastern territories yet!

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 5:14 a.m. CST

    retractment to follow...

    by KyleKrane

    hey, it may be fake, but from your fingers to God's ears, I think I want to see anotother one. When is the retractment to this article gonna be up?

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 5:15 a.m. CST

    Actually Sam is, or at least was in New Zealand on Monday

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Where he spoke to the assembled press and said, quite coincedentally, the EXACT SAME THING that he said to this guy he just happened across at the Saffron. Whoever sent in this scoop is laughing his ass off now. And getting douped by a scooper isn't something to be terribly embarassed about, unless the news your getter run around on was already reported on every other movie site YESTERDAY. C'mon guys, I know the internet means we don't bother verifying jack shit anymore, but still, we're talking about one second with a search engine and you would have seen how this information actually came about.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 5:39 a.m. CST

    my brother is the god's hands killer.........

    by uberbill

    insomnia

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 6:04 a.m. CST

    er, astroboy...

    by Heleno

    You do mean 28 days later, right? You're not seriously recommending that anyone see 28 days with sandra bullock are you? Just checking...

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Jurassic Park 4?? Oh Good God, some studios just can't let go...

    by CoolDan989

    In a word, Jurassic Park 3 SUCKED. It KILLED the franchise. And now they're doing another one which will suck even more. Yup, it's happened. The original Jurassic Park was a brilliant, innovative, and definitive dinosaur movie by one of the best filmmakers of all time, and now we've come to whole franchise with progressively more mindless installments, that's just a sequel-popping cash cow. It demeans the original Jurassic Park, and I for one am not looking forward to more of it. My, how studio greed ruins some films...

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 6:42 a.m. CST

    Mikey Mike

    by Silvio Dante

    You want interaction, you got it. I actually prefer AICN method of "talkbacking" instead of more traditional "message boarding". Now if they could only fix the order of talkback. Now, if they could avoid the annoying crashes every so often. Now, if they could post something worth commenting. I don't mind the rumour but posting this piece of... er, fake but no news of, okay let's see...Reese Witherspoon attached to "Whiteout" or the new X2 press conference or Jet Li's hero or Doug Petrie's interview at Mtv.com. I mean, if you can post this little fable of someone running across Sam Neill on the supermarket or whatever, why not pinch some news from other sites, Harry? No shame in it, that's what all the other sites do. Would you prefer we take our business elsewhere? We'll I know I already do (I have to if I wanna keep up to date) but I always come back to talk about it on AICN cuz this site has some genuine personality, staff and talkbackers both. Speaking of, where's Mori? On vacaton after holding the fort, huh?

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 6:50 a.m. CST

    Prove It

    by chewy-chop

    Umm, not sure if we should trust "Supermarket gossip", but knowing to milk a product to death doesn't suprise me. Should've stopped after the Lost World, number 3 pretty much sucked. Don't think they could improve anything at all, maybe raptors in the local fruit and veg.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 7:49 a.m. CST

    sick & tired of dinosars...enough is enough

    by mooncake

    hope JURASSIC 4 flops & we will see the end of this franchise!

  • "Whatcha gonna do when the Hulkasaurus runs wild on you? Get some punk-assed kid to give away the plot point that will foil me in the end after only 3 minutes? I didn't expect that, brother, but maybe I should've..."

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 9:02 a.m. CST

    Tall?

    by Glass

    "He's actually quite taller in real life than you'd imagine, but a very cool guy to talk to." Is this gentleman suggesting that to be tall is usually a precursor to being uncool?

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Laura Dern Returns, This Time As The Proprietor Of A Southern BB

    by Buzz Maverik

    She won't be playing the unmemorable character she played in the first JP. This character will be closer to her Lula Pace Fortune from WILD AT HEART (you know, hotter than Georgia asphalt) and will be serving up dino with the slogan "Dinosaurs: that's good eatin'". Tastes just like chicken. The secret is in the sauce.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Keep making them!

    by Wee Willie

    I can't wait for four. These films just keep getting BETTER! JP was great, but took too long to ramp up. Lost World was awesome, especially the part where the little girl uses her gymnastics skills to evade the raptors. What writing! Brilliant. Then JPIII came along and blew the first three out of the water. I love how they dispensed with all the boring lead-up and got straight into the action. Who cares abotu charaters when you can watch a computer generated Tyranosaur duke it out with an even bigger computer generated dino. Wicked cool! I hope they milk this fanchise until Miramax buys the rights to make straight-to-video sequels. JP10 is gonna rock!

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 9:33 a.m. CST

    Aren't all the Dinosaurs dead?

    by JAGUART

    I distinctly remember seeing the T-Rex with an axe in his head in JP3. So I guess JP4 is gonna feature a group of horny teen Costa Ricans that go camping for the weekend on Isle Nubar and get killed off one by one by a hockey-mask wearing T-Rex.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 10:09 a.m. CST

    Call me crazy, but I thought JP1 was overrated, 2 sucked, and 3

    by minderbinder

    Needless to say, I'm pretty apathetic about 4 at this point. But seriously, does anyone watch JP1 anymore? Without fast forwarding through 90% of it because it's so dull?

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 10:34 a.m. CST

    BRING ON THE DINOSAURS!!!!!

    by slone13

    I don't give a rat's ass what anybody thinks, I'll take as many of those movies as they make. Those computer graphics are still amazing.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 10:41 a.m. CST

    Glass, everyone knows that tall people are uncool and not hip

    by Terry_1978

    Any scientist will tell you that. Me being 5'4, I'm technically the epitome of trendiness...and no, not for hobbits....=P

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 10:53 a.m. CST

    Alan Houston, Shaq, LOSERS

    by Glass

    Danny DeVito, Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf - winners.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 11:43 a.m. CST

    Dinosaur Evolution

    by s0l0w0rx

    The dinosaurs will have evolved. I wonder if Harry Harrison will sue...

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Does it bother anyone else...

    by Candide83

    ...that this guy stole these quotes off a press transcript from Dark Horizons and is claiming he met Sam Neill?

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 12:38 p.m. CST

    re: Corona news -- That scooper "Mark" is SO BUSTED

    by Alpha Zebra

    And I think his name is Mark because he was the target of a little PR scam. Or was the "mark" actually Harry?

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 1:30 p.m. CST

    who steals rumors?

    by ZO

    and posts them as their own? come on harry do ur homework

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 1:33 p.m. CST

    If I see a single "highly evolved" HUMANOID dinosaur in this mov

    by NeofromtheMatrix

    Although it would be interesting to see a race of reptile-people, attempting to hunt down and kill (and probably eat) Sam Neil with bows and arrows. As long as the lizard-men don't dance around a campfire. - I know Kung Fu.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 1:37 p.m. CST

    dinosaure and people in the same movie?

    by peter1a

    haven't we all seen the flintstones?

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 2:36 p.m. CST

    JP series ready for the grinder

    by William Munny

    The JP series has never been more ripe for a spoof. Perhaps Mel Brooks can do for JP, what he did for Star Wars in Spaceballs. Maybe he'll call it: What Went Wrong At Camp Cretaceous?

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 3:25 p.m. CST

    As if this guy theifed a Dark Horizons article and posted it as

    by SilenceofFreedom

    That's weak, man. Weak.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 3:25 p.m. CST

    What really needs to be done is a spoof of fantasy films

    by Terry_1978

    I have yet to see one of those, and the Princess Bride doesn't count...I mean a Scary Movie/Naked Gun/Airplane type fantasy movie spoof...ripping on LOTR, HP, Dragonslayer, Conan, Red Sonja, Krull, Willow....all of 'em. I'd go nuts over something like that.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 4:55 p.m. CST

    a few theroys on why alan grant and ellie sattler slipt

    by KyleKrane

    ok...remember in JP#1 how ellie and robert muldoun kept running off in the woods to find grant and the kids? well watch in the scene when they first meet--im talking sparks yall. love at first fucking site. then theres the way she always flirting w/ ian malcom. and on top of that, grant dosnt even notice! that'd piss any woman off. grant says something about loving a wounded triceritops--he ment it. he had feelings for the damn thing, not ellie. and who the fuck does that new husband of her's in jp3 think he is!?! she belongs to one man! the man named alan grant! the man that a priest living in monatana joined to her to be her loveing mate till death do them part. there should be a scene reshot and edited into a new cut of jp#1 where grant and ellie get married so that everyone else in the world can share my feelings on how extreamly important this matter is. ALAN AND ELLIE FOREVER!

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 5:45 p.m. CST

    My prediction: it takes place in the future where dinos have ov

    by Elgyn6655321

    Sam Neil would probably have a cameo in a prolouge set in prestent-day.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 9:12 p.m. CST

    pOLiCe aCAdEmY 5

    by Louis P.

    That was a sequel that was very funny past the fourth installment. Four was weak and six was lame. Mission to Moscow(also known as seven) was god awful but it was much better than Superman 4.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 10:59 p.m. CST

    JP 4 NOOOOOOOOO

    by The Spork!

    I tell ya they need to make jurassic park: The Musical think about the possiblities! they can sing a song about the mosquito stuck in amber. And the grand finale can be a dance number by all the raptors and that one spitting dinosaur!!!

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 11:13 p.m. CST

    this guy's got one f**king great memory

    by Lou C.

    ... good god, did he have a pen and paper when he talked to him? how the hell did he get all these exact quotes? and why in hell would Sam Neill stop and have this long of a conversation with some stranger on the street while he spills intimate details about Jurassic Park IV? Forgive me if i'm a little suspicious.

  • Nov. 6, 2002, 11:43 p.m. CST

    PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM "STEVEN." PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVE

    by Neil MacAuley

    PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. *****IT'S PRETTY MUCH THE MOST PRETENTIOUS QUASI-"NAME DROP" YOU CAN MAKE, IT'S THE ULTIMATE CHEESY MOVE. SO DON'T DO IT, PLEASE. THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NO PRECEDENT FOR YOU, HARRY, TO REFER TO THE MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE FILM INDUSTRY AND THE MOST COMMERCIALLY SUCCESSFUL DIRECTOR IN HISTORY AND ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT FILMIC MINDS ON EARTH BY HIS FIRST NAME. SO, I'VE SAID IT ONCE AND I'LL SAY IT AGAIN...***********PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN. PLEASE STOP CALLING HIM STEVEN.

  • Nov. 7, 2002, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Thanks, $pielberg!

    by WayOutWest

    I didn't see JP3. And Harry (or should I say 'Mark') has a better chance of doing a threesome with Tyra Banks and Pamela Anderson than Steven has of getting any of my cash for this useless shat. Steven, do Minority Report II or something for the Spice Channel (e.g. Schindler's List: Those Naughty Nurses)!

  • Nov. 7, 2002, 10:02 p.m. CST

    ISN'T THIS OBVIOUS!!!!

    by brujoazul

    I KNOW THIS POST IS VERY LATE, BUT IT'S OBVIOUS THAT THIS GUY IS A HORRIBLE LIAR WHAT HE SAYS IS CLEARLY NOT TRUE. HE BEGGED FOR HINTS? WHAT KIND OF AN ASS DOES THAT. CAN'T HE FIND A PEN AND A PIECE OF PAPER FOR AN AUTOGRAPH, "I FORGOT MY CAMERA" IF HE REGARDS MR NEIL AS A NICE GUY VERY DOWN TO EARTH THEN WHY THE HELL DID HE ASK ONLY ABOUT JPIV WOULDN'T HE HAVE HAD A BETTER INTELLINGENT CHAT INSTEAD LIKE FINDING OUT WHAT HE REALLY WANTS TO DO, WHAT DOES HE THINK OF MOVIES NOWADAYS AND WHAT MOVIES HE LOOKS FORWARD TO GOING TO SEE, THOSE QUESTIONS AREN'T THAT INTELLECTUAL BUT MUCH MORE NICER TO ASK. AND 'IF' THIS WAS TRUE THEN STILL HE SHOULD NOT HAVE ACTED LIKE AN ASSCLOWN IN FRONT OF MR NEIL, WHY DO THE IDIOTS GET TO MEET STARS?

  • A little late with this post, but anyway... remember JP2. Ship crashed into harbor, T-Rex was trapped in cargo bay, guy who trapped her there was torn into pieces by whom? Not by the T-Rex, at that time she was in the cargo bay. -> There were also a few raptors on board who escaped and now live and multiply in the sewers of the city. Voila, the built-in sequel which doesn't even require Sam Neill to go back to that darn island _again_.