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Life may find a way, but 'Jurassic Park 4' is struggling to hatch from its shell and see the light of day. A little over a month ago, the long-gestating fourth installment in the franchise finally earned itself a release date. It was slated to be released in June of 2014. This seemed rather optimistic considering the fact that, while 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver have been hired to write the script, 'Jurassic Park 4' still has no director attached. Now, the project has suffered another major setback. Producer Kathleen Kennedy has departed the film. As the new president of Lucasfilm, Kennedy was key in brokering the sale to Disney last October, and is currently heading up the initiative to bring new 'Star Wars' films to the screen. Frank Marshall, another producer on 'Jurassic Park 4,' confirmed Kennedy's exit via Twitter. As of right now, the June 14th, 2013 release date has not been altered.
This was an inevitable development. Kennedy didn't just land another producing gig, she took over one of the most lucrative companies in the world just as it became a part of an even more lucrative company. The expectation for the new 'Star Wars' movies is incredibly high and it makes total sense that she would want to rid herself of distractions, especially a distraction as cumbersome and troublesome as 'Jurassic Park 4.' This could represent another bump in the road for this sequel. Kathleen Kennedy is a valuable producing asset, someone who can make big things happen. She was able to manage the deal with Disney, put multiple new 'Star Wars' films into development, and even select a director for 'Episode VII' before 'JP 4' could even get a director in place. While they still have Steven Spielberg attached as a producer, a film that has been as difficult to get off the ground as 'Jurassic Park 4' really needs all the help it can get, especially now that they have put themselves under the gun by announcing a release date. That's not to say any one producer is solely responsible for the success of a film, but this news is not exactly encouraging.
What do you guys think? Could this further delay 'Jurassic Park 4?' At this point, with all its problems and setbacks, is anyone out there still interested in a fourth movie?