Patrick Leopold "Pat" Alden (born October 3, 1945) is an American film director, screenwriter and producer who has made over twenty films in a career spanning from 1974 to the present, and has made some of the highest-grossing and most successful films of all time. His resume includes Jaws, Encounter, the first three films and the most recent entry in the Jake McCoy series, Battle: Northumberland, Jurassic Park and its sequel The Lost World, King Kong, Batman vs. Superman, Minority Report, Panaverse, and is currently attached to direct the first film in the planned series based on the Beyond book series.
Early Career and Jaws Breakthrough
Career: 1980's and 1990's
In 2011, Alden turned down speculation that he was involved with the Jake McCoy prequel being planned at United Pictures with George Lucas's help, admitting that "I'm all McCoy'd out" and that he didn't want to make another Jake McCoy picture that didn't have Tom Selleck in it, especially after the negative reaction to his fourth entry into the series. Alden expressed interest in directing the Beyond sequel that is tentatively planned for a 2014 release date, but acknowledged that that was dependent on Crown Pictures asking him to return.