Producer/director Frank Marshall visited New York Film Academy students on Tuesday, and confirmed rumors that he is working with longtime collaborator Steven Spielberg on Jurassic Park 4. He also mentioned that the first Jurassic Park will be re-released in 3D, with Spielberg personally overseeing the conversion.
Marshall has racked up 5 Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, including Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Color Purple, The Sixth Sense, Seabiscuit, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He formed Amblin Entertainment with his wife, Kathleen Kennedy, and Steven Spielberg, working together on films such as Gremlins, the Back to the Future trilogy, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, and The Goonies. At Kennedy/Marshall they also produced Signs, War Horse, and the Bourne series. Marshall is also an acclaimed director, having helmed Arachnophobia, Eight Below, Alive, and Congo.
When asked to choose a favorite film of the 100 plus films he has worked on in his long career, Marshall said he would have to pick Raiders of the Lost Ark, saying, “There’s so many firsts for me. I met Kathy [his wife and business partner, Kathleen Kennedy]. I started a relationship with George [Lucas] and Steven. It was my first single producer credit. First Oscar nomination. First blockbuster film. And it still stands up today.”
He also encouraged the theater of New York Film Academy students, saying, “Film school gives you a lot of things that you can’t get on the outside. See a lot of old movies. Hawks, Welles, Renoir, Lean. There’s great things to learn in them. Nurture your ideas and get them out there. Don’t give up. And don’t forget about the other things there are to do on a movie. Everybody wants to be director, producer, actor. There are about 150 great jobs on a movie set. That’s where you learn what not to do.”