Kathleen Kennedy won’t produce ‘Jurassic Park IV’ because of ‘Star Wars’ duties

By Daniel S Levine,

Running the Star Wars franchise and Lucasfilm is a full time job, which means that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy won’t have much time for other projects. The first she has been forced to leave is Jurassic Park IV, her husband, producer Frank Marshall, confirmed.

While Marshall interacted with a few fans on Twitter, he dropped two big nuggets of information. First, he wrote that JP IV does not have a director yet. In the next tweet, he revealed that Kennedy will not work on the new film. “No, Ms. Kennedy has moved onto Star Wars and will not be producing JP4. She's traded raptors for TIE fighters,” Marshall wrote.

JP IV was announced last month and will be released on June 13, 2014. According to Deadline, Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are penning the script, with Marshall producing. Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two films in the franchise, is executive producing.

Kennedy served as producer on the original 1993 classic, the sequel The Lost World in 1997 and 2001’s JP III. The films have grossed a total of $1.9 billion around the world. She is also up for an Oscar as a producer on Spielberg’s Best Picture-nominated Lincoln.

Since Disney bought Lucasfilm last year, Kennedy has replaced George Lucas as the head of the company. She has been trusted with guiding the Star Wars franchise and has hired J.J. Abrams to direct Episode VII. Writers are also working on spin-off films.

Jurassic Park also hits theaters in 3D on April 5.

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