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Bad news for fans of Jurassic Park. Yesterday, there was some strong indication that ‘Jurassic Park 4‘ was on the verge of extinction and fans were left wondering if this was the end of the road for the film. Today, however, Universal has released a formal statement regarding the movie and while the news isn’t that great, it is promising.

The rumor of production coming to a halt started yesterday with tweets from the film’s Digital Asset Manager, Todd Smohyer, and Concept Artist, Dean Sheriff: Jurassic Park 4 tweets

The tweets were deleted after fans were up in arms with the news which prompted Universal to release this short and sweet statement:

In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release ‘Jurassic Park 4’ at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal’s beloved franchise.  We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise’s storied history.

So what exactly happened? According to the Jurassic Park IV fan site, the movie is still in production but is on a “temporary hiatus” while the studio decides to restructure the guard, so to speak. Colin Trevorrow is still helming the film and still using the script written by ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, but the studio wants this film to be EPIC (which a huge capital E) but those working on the project don’t quite see eye to eye with Universal and what direction they want the film to take, so the studio has decided to “overhaul” the current production crew.  Because of this, they have decided to posted the release date of June 13, 2014, and put the sequel to ’21 Jump Street’ in its place.

A temporary hiatus is not uncommon in Hollywood but whether this is a true bump in the road as opposed to a full shut down remains to be seen. More news will surely surface soon as to the exact goings on with this production, so keep checking back here for updates.

With that, we’ll just leave you with a recent picture Trevorrow tweeted on his accound with the word “Nublar”.

Jurassic Park 4 Isla Nublar