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A scene from the 1993 movie Jurassic Park. - Provided courtesy of Universal Pictures

Steven Spielberg reveals 'Jurassic Park 4' details

07/22/2011 by Olivia Allin

Steven Spielberg gave "Jurassic Park" fans hope that the franchise has not gone extinct at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday, telling crowds that the sequel might be only a few years away.

Spielberg told the audience that he has a story and a screenwriter for the next installment of his blockbuster franchise about prehistoric reptiles brought into modern times through cloning.

Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two films, would be overseeing as a producer and said that the film will hopefully will come together in the next two or three years.

Spielberg recently met with screenwriter Mark Protosevich to "kick around ideas for how to re-boot the Jurassic Park franchise," the Hollywood Reporter said in June. Protosevich wrote the recent "Thor" movie as well as the Will Smith thriller, "I Am Legend."

The original 1993 movie starred Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Sam Neill and is based on the novel by Michael Crichton. It tells of a group of scientists who visit an island amusement park with cloned dinosaurs. When the more ferocious ones escape and run loose, hijinks ensue.

"Jurassic Park" earned more than $914 million worldwide. Its 1997 sequel made $618 million and a third movie, which was released in 2001 and featured Spielberg as its executive producer, earned $368 million in global box office sales. The franchise was adapted into a ride at Universal Studios' amusement parks in Florida and California.

Spielberg is also known for other adventure and sci-fi movies such as "E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial" and the "Indiana Jones" franchise and also produced "Super 8," which was released last month.

The director also discussed the possibility of converting some of his classic films to 3-D and mentioned "Jaws" and "Jurassic Park" as possible candidates.

It was Spielberg's first visit to Comic-Con, where he was promoting "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn" with his producing partner, "Lord of the Rings" creator Peter Jackson. The animated film is slated for a December 23, 2011 release.

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