'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.
Reader Feedback - 19 Comments
Very very odd choice. One movie under his belt and nothing like the monster vfx heavy beast of a film like this. Very strange choice. Not sure about this.
ok on Mar 14, 2013
J.J. Abrams only had TV episodes of Lost, Felicity and ALias under his belt as a director and Paramount gave him Mission: Impossible III
Ethan Anderton on Mar 14, 2013
there's been much promising younger talent given the reins of big beasts recently. Gareth Edwards to Godzilla, Duncan Jones to Warcraft (although he has already handled Source Code), and now Trevorrow to Jurassic Park. it's sink or swim time, guys! i share ok's nerves but also Ethan's optimism. good luck to all of them.
son_et_lumiere on Mar 14, 2013
Not to mention Kosinski's Tron, which was crazy expensive, and quite good. Would have been unbelievable with some dialogue editing.
OfficialJab on Mar 14, 2013
You mean he had a few seasons of HIGHLY acclaimed shows under his belt. Each show you listed had MASSIVE followings. Comparing JJ to Trev, is apples to oranges. 1 indie romance =/= YEARS of directing multiple TV shows.
Brian Sleider on Mar 14, 2013
I'm all for it. Fresh young talent could bring the originality that is so lacking in the industry these days. I'd rather see him bring some of the heart of Safety Not Guaranteed to the JP franchise than a more experienced director bringing mindless spectacle. Not that I don't like some spectacle, but a good balance of characters you care about would be nice as well.
Pendy16 on Mar 14, 2013
I agree I am enjoying the 'new' talent (i like for example both Rise of the Apes and Tron) and a fresh dose of originality but this is Jurassic Park a world away from SNG and for that its an odd choice. I look forward to all these directors with just shorts or one feature under their belts taking the leap just as much as everyone else here. A seasoned director no, someone with a film that shows promise in adventure and scare and has handled vfx before yes - the Gareth example is a good one. Well lets see what happens 😉
ok on Mar 15, 2013
I think it would be kind of cool to make this more of a direct sequel to the original. They don't have to necessarily outright ignore the other two, but they could just not really acknowledge them. Bringing back Mazello would be a pretty cool way to link it back.
Chris Groves on Mar 14, 2013
Also, it would be a missed opportunity to not put SOME kind of teaser for this in front of the JP 3D re-release. Even if it's just an all text, sound effects, music and one teasing effects shot or something...any sort of 'hey, watch out for this next summer' announcement would be quite cool.
Chris Groves on Mar 14, 2013
si1ver on Mar 14, 2013
Looking forward to fresh perspective.
Jim on Mar 14, 2013
Safety definitely not guaranteed regarding the choice but everyone deserves a chance to prove themselves. And this might be it for Trevorrow.
Isildur_of_Numenor on Mar 14, 2013
I doubt he loved the whole trilogy.
Spirre on Mar 14, 2013
It is possible that they could bring back Joseph Mazello as he recently gave a great performance in Justified.
Matt Peloquin on Mar 14, 2013
He was in the WWII show The Pacific, too.
$126191 on Mar 15, 2013
Rupert Wyatt directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Everyone thought it would do terrible, but it was actually very good. He also had only one previous film under his belt. I enjoyed Safety Not Guaranteed, and I have no doubt that Trevorrow was a good choice. Having the writers from Rise working on this as well, doesn't necessarily make it a lock for success, but does ensure that it won't be a bust. I just hope Universal doesn't try to control it too much.
Kent Woods on Mar 14, 2013
A very strange choice, as he really has not done much at 37-38 years old. 1 movie under his belt. This worries me. They were planing a new trilogy, it needs to start off "strong", even if this is a well known franchise.
David Banner on Mar 15, 2013
Just as long as it doesn't have Aliens it then it should at least be tolerable! 😉 Dinosaurs are coming back baby!!!
N. on Mar 15, 2013
Ah I cant wait for the complaints to come rolling in when this is done.
Jimmy Love on Mar 16, 2013
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