It may be Steven Spielberg’s baby, but it looks like he’s entrusting the franchise with someone relatively new to the features scene. In a press statement released by Universal, Colin Trevorrow was named director for ‘Jurassic Park 4’.
Trevorrow actually made his debut in the features world at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival with his film ‘Safety Not Guaranteed’, a sci-fi romance about three magazine reporters who sets out to investigate the person who places a classified ad that reads:
“Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety not guaranteed.”
The indie film starring Aubrey Plaza (‘Parks and Recreation’) was made on an estimated budget of $750,000 but grossed $4 million when it was released in theaters by FilmDistrict.
While it may seem nonsensical to hire someone with as little experience with big budget tentpoles as Trevorrow, Spielberg and Universal were impressed by the fact that the director is a huge fan of the trilogy and felt he would keep the integrity of the characters that they have already created. As producer Frank Marshall tweeted:
Thrilled to have director on JP4, Colin Trevorrow, an exciting young filmmaker who understands and respects the world that is Jurassic Park.
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) March 14, 2013
Add in the fact that his name was on the short (ok, rather long) list of people who Disney was considering to direct ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’, you can see why he was given the vote of confidence with the filmmakers.
It’s been over a decade since ‘Jurassic Park 3’ was released and it will be interesting to see where the story will head. The ‘Jurassic Park’ franchise has earned almost $2 billion (yes, that’s “B” as in BILLION) worldwide and will be seeing a resurgence in popularity when the first film, ‘Jurassic Park’, is re-released in 3D on April 5th.
Now that a director is in place, casting should soon begin which should be interesting. Keep checking back here and we’ll keep you updated as news comes in.
‘Jurassic Park IV’ is slated to be released in 3D on June13, 2014.