Joe Johnston Talks Jurassic Park IV and Captain America

January 14, 2010

During a recent interview about his new movie The Wolfman (is there anyone excited to see that?), director Joe Johnston let slip some news about other, possibly more interesting movies. Movies like Jurassic Park IV and Captain America. The man has his work cut out for him.

Johnston said without much hesitation that there will, in fact, be a Jurassic Park IV. Is this reassuring or not? He directed Jurassic Park III, but this was easily the worst film of the trilogy -- if you can even call it that. Johnston stated, "Well, there is going to be a Jurassic Park IV. And it's going to be unlike anything you've seen. It breaks away from the first three—it's essentially the beginning of the second Jurassic Park trilogy. It's going to be done in a completely different way."

That doesn't really tell us much, if only because it felt like Jurassic Park III was done in a completely different way than the first two -- which is to say, badly. But who knows, maybe he's sitting on a great script. However, it would be nice if Steven Spielberg could be an executive producer on the film and supervise the whole affair.

As for Captain America, Johnston had a lot more to say. He went on at length about the good Captain and gave us an inkling of what to expect from his movie:

It's the origin story of Captain America. It's mostly period—there are modern, present-day bookends on it—but it's basically the story of how Steve Rogers becomes Captain America. ...But at the heart of it, it's a story about this kid, who all he wants to do is fit in. This thing happens and he still doesn't fit in. And he has to prove himself a hero—essentially go AWOL to save a friend. Eventually at the very end, I don't want to give away too much, but he does fit in.

Between Jurassic Park IV and Captain America we've got a lot to expect from Johnston. However, we're just going to have to wait and see how The Wolfman pans out. This has major potential to suck (have you ever seen a scary movie about the Wolfman?), but with Benicio Del Toro playing the lead, anything is possible.

So what say you? Should Jurassic Park be left in the past, or brought back to life? And if so, what would you like to see from it?

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