Dinosaurs are set to walk the Earth again...nine years after the last Jurassic Park movie took a bite out of the box office.
But director Joe Johnston, who helmed the third instalment, has revealed it will not be a sequel but the first outing in what will be a completely new trilogy.
“There is going to be Jurassic Park IV,” said Johnston, a protégé of original Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg. “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.”
The original, triple Oscar-winning 1993 film, starring Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum and a cast of stunning animatronic lizards, was a massive success, grossing $914m worldwide and spawning two sequels.
"If you think of the first three as a trilogy, number four would be the beginning of a second trilogy. We just want to make them justified in their own right. We don't want to make sequel after sequel just because there's a market for it.
We want to tell different, interesting stories."
The franchise, which was based on the 1990 sci-fi novel by Michael Crichton, was planned to add a fourth instalment in 2002 but wrangles over the script and the death of Crichton appeared to have sounded the death knell for it.
Spielberg has also voiced interest in making a 3D version of Jurassic Park.