Last night Universal announced who will be directing the much talked about and highly anticipated Jurassic Park 4. While recently there have been thoughts that franchise creator Steven Spielberg may be returning to direct, those rumours have now been put to rest as Colin Trevorrow has been named the director of the fourth film.
A strange choice of director indeed, but it would appear that Trevorrow has made an impression, and studio execs at Universal have said they believe Trevorrow “would preserve and protect the characters in the story they created.” The director only has a short film, a documentary, one TV movie and one feature film in his resume, but he has now been handed the job of one of the biggest film releases of 2014. It would seem that his one and only feature film, Safety Not Guaranteed, won him the respect from studios. The award winning sci-fi comedy/romance played a Sundance last year to great acclaim.
Trevorrow clearly has skills as he was also rumoured to be one of the directors in the running for Star Wars: Episode VII, and Disney are apparently already chasing him to write and direct a remake of Flight of the Navigator. Jurassic Park 4 is his film now though, and it is a massive step up from his usual stuff, so universal are clearly taking a gamble here, a gamble no doubt they expect will pay off.
Spielberg will still be involved with the film as a producer, and it sounds like things are due to get moving very soon. A report has said that Universal have already booked studio space in Baton Rouge from April to November this year, so that gives Trevorrow less than a month to prepare himself! With a release date already announced of June 14th 2014, for a film of this size it is quite a short time to make it. No plot has yet been confirmed, and no actors have been revealed, but no doubt we will start hearing regular updates very soon.
Producer Frank Marshall Tweeted the news:
Thrilled to have director on JP4, Colin Trevorrow, an exciting young filmmaker who understands and respects the world that is Jurassic Park.
The Press Release:
Long-awaited fourth installment of this groundbreaking film franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment to be shot in 3D
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, March 14, 2013 — Colin Trevorrow has signed on to direct Jurassic Park 4, the highly-anticipated fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise that has grossed $1.9 billion at worldwide box office since the first film was released in 1993.
The Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment production will be produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley with Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer. The script was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
Trevorrow directed Safety Not Guaranteed for FilmDistrict and Big Beach Films starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson. The critically-acclaimed film debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where screenwriter Derek Connolly won the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. The film also won Best First Screenplay at this year’s Independent Spirit Awards, where Trevorrow was nominated for Best First Feature.
Universal will release Jurassic Park in 3D on April 5. With his remastering of the epic into a state-of-the-art 3D format, Spielberg introduces the three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allows longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film’s original release.