The status of Steven Spielberg’s upcoming slate of movies keeps getting more confusing. A few days ago Spielberg partner Frank Marshall told us that Jurassic Park 4 was kind of on the back burner. A few days ago Steven Spielberg announced that he’s taking a year off to drink cocktails and sit on a beach. Now Frank Marshall is reversing himself and says that though producer Spielberg is napping, Jurassic Park 4 is moving ahead at full speed. In fact, they may already have a director. By contrast, Indiana Jones 4 is still going nowhere fast.

Marshall recently told MTV Jurassic Park 4 is coming to life.” They’ve already got a script and they’re in the process of hiring a director. “Joe Johnston could be back,” he says. Johnston directed Jurassic Park 3, which was really a lot better than people give it credit for. If they’re on the verge of hiring a director, that sounds like JP4 could start production soon right? But here comes Marshall with more mixed messages. “We want to get the script right before we go forward,” Marshall says, contradicting his earlier claim that they already had a script.

Where does that leave Indy 4? Firmly entrenched in that same land of muddy, mixed messages. Marshall says they’re still working on getting the script right. They’ve been working on getting the script right for about a decade now. Face it, at this rate Indy 4 is about as likely to happen as Chronicles of Riddick 2.

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