'Safety Not Guaranteed' Director Colin Trevorrow Gets 'Jurassic Park 4'
by Ethan Anderton
March 14, 2013
Though he was once thought to be lined up to take on Star Wars: Episode VII, instead Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow is taking on another blockbuster sequel. Just a couple of weeks before Jurassic Park 3D hits theaters, Universal Pictures has announced Trevorrow has been hired to direct Jurassic Park 4, the sequel being produced by Steven Spielberg with a script from Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver. We'd been wondering when a director would be announced since the film needed to start shooting soon in order to meet the June 13th, 2014 release date already set.
However, at this point we still have no idea who will star in the film, if any of the original cast members are coming back, or what the story will be. We only know that Spielberg is producing along with Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley (Kathleen Kennedy left the project to focus on Star Wars: Episode VII). Trevorrow was primed for some kind of jump to a studio film after his Sundance favorite Safety Not Guaranteed received so much praise and attention. Deadline says the reason he was picked for the job is because he grew up, "a huge fan of the trilogy and part of a new generation of directors steeped in all things dinosaur." What the hell does that mean? Did he just grow up loving dinosaurs? Who didn't?
However, on interesting fact is Universal supposedly said they felt Trevorrow "would preserve and protect the characters in the story they created." That certainly sounds like at least a couple of characters from the first three films would show up. Ideally, it'd be great to have Jeff Goldblum back again. In fact, I think an awesome idea would be to bring Joseph Mazello as a grown up Tim. He was obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid, so maybe he's an adult paleontologist now or something and is trying to salvage Jurassic Park some way? I guess we'll have to wait and see how this pans out.