Production on the latest Jurassic Park sequel has been put on hold to allow director Colin Trevorrow more time to prepare for the shoot.
Filming on the fourth dinosaur epic was due to begin in the coming weeks, and the project was scheduled to hit movie theatres in June, 2014.
However, on Tuesday (07May13), Jurassic Park 4 digital asset manager Todd Smoyer took to Twitter.com and suggested the sequel was no more, writing, "Hollywood makes and crushes dreams. Goodbye JP4".
Bosses at Universal Pictures, the studio behind the franchise, have now released a statement confirming that the project has been delayed, although they insist it is still in the works.
The statement reads: "In coordination with filmmakers, Universal has decided to release Jurassic Park 4 at a later date giving the studio and filmmakers adequate time to bring audiences the best possible version of the fourth installment in Universal's beloved franchise
"We could not be more excited about the vision that Colin Trevorrow has created for this film, and we look forward to watching as he and the producers create another great chapter in this franchise's storied history."
A new release date for Jurassic Park 4 has yet to be announced.
The film has suffered a series of setbacks in recent months - producer Kathleen Kennedy quit the project in February (13) to work on Disney's new Star Wars trilogy, while Trevorrow only recently came onboard after original director Steven Spielberg opted not to take charge of the sequel.