Kathleen Kennedy Departs Jurassic Park IV to Focus on Star Wars: Episode VII
Producer Frank Marshall confirmed today that his wife Kathleen Kennedy will not be producing Jurassic Park IV, since she is focusing on Star Wars: Episode VII. Take a look at what he had to say on his Twitter account.
@jackdelamare No, Ms. Kennedy has moved onto Star Wars and will not be producing JP4. She's traded raptors for TIE fighters.— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) February 17, 2013
The news shouldn't come as a huge shock, since Kathleen Kennedy took over as the head of LucasFilm last June. Months later, Disney bought LucasFilm and announced Star Wars: Episode VII is in the works, a story that dominated entertainment headlines worldwide.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are working on the Jurassic Park IV script, with Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg attached to produce. Universal Pictures has not hired a director for the sequel yet.
Kathleen Kennedy produced Jurassic Park, which is getting a 3D re-release on April 5, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Jurassic Park III. Those three films took in more than $1.9 billion at the box office worldwide.