Hey, everyone. "Moriarty" here with some Rumblings From The Lab.
Right now, the majority of mail that I get regarding JURASSIC PARK 4 is along the lines of “Do we really need this?” Personally, I’m always up for watching giant dinosaurs eat stupid humans, but I do agree that the series seems to be creatively running in circles.
Still, as we get new info, we’ll run it, and we’ve got two tidbits today to help clarify what is going on over at Universal these days...
First up is “Brand Echh,” who went to see Jack Horner speak recently, and has this report as a result:
Harry, or whom it may concern,
If you must give me a name, call me Brand Echh, people who know me will know me, anyway, I attended Jack Horner's lecture "T-rex Predator or Scavanger: The Killing of a Legend" at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College (UTB/TSC). Fun presentation, he made fun of the local college administration and made some thinnly-vielled jokes about his fellow paleontologists (like Robert Bakker).
For those who don't know, Horner was the technical adviser on Jurassic Park and it's sequels. Before the end of the night, in a q-and-a period, a friend of mine asked him about Jurassic Park 4. He said, "I've already done some work on it" but he added, "I suspect it is going to veer off in a direction that is a bit less scientific, so I'll probably only work on it for a little bit."
He suggested that he might have an experience similar to the one he had working on Disney's Dinosaur. He said, "I worked on that until the dinosaurs started to talk."
We tried to ask him later to be a bit more specific, but he declined saying he'd been instructed not to say anything.
Nothing mind-blowing, but an interesting tid-bit none-the-less I think.
Hmmm... this next guy sent me a letter to correct the report that ran last week in which the reader said they spoke to Sam Neill about his involvement in the sequel. This person’s definitely in a position to know if that is true or not, so it’s worth listening to what they have to say...
I’ve been a great admire of your work for some time, and I still think the way you got a hold of Anthony Hopkins On the Howard Stern show was very ingenious. I do take issue with some of the bad reporting I have seen on your site recently, and I figure that I could correct you on an story that originally ran on the Dark Horizons site and a couple of others before appearing on your site.
Sam Neill is not going to appear in Jurassic Park 4, and I do know this for a fact. I know that Sam Neill’s Character is not in the current script for the film. How do I know that? I can’t give that away, but I will give you a hint. The story will involve the United Nations, and the extermination of the dinosaurs. I can't give any more with out blowing my cover.
Please, Da-Da? What if I ask reeeeeeeeeeeeeeal nice?