The Director of 'Jurassic Park 4' Is...

Colin TrevorrowWhile rumors circulated this morning that Steven Spielberg would return to the Jurassic Park franchise to direct Jurassic Park IV, it has just been announced Safety Not Guaranteed helmer is going big for his sophomore effort as Colin Trevorrow will direct the fourth film in the franchise, which has already been set for a June 13, 2014 release.

The latest script was written by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, though at the moment no story details have been revealed. The film will be shot in 3-D and released 13 years after the last installment, which was directed by Joe Johnston (Captain America: The First Avenger).

Spielberg is still aboard as a producer along with Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley.

The move for Trevorrow is similar to the one made by Marc Webb who made his debut with (500) Days of Summer only to follow that up with The Amazing Spider-Man and he is now directing The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Can only wonder if Trevorrow will also make directing Jurassic Park films a habit.

  • Ron Oneal Fresh

    Never cared for the Jurassic Park franchise. Saw all of them (I think) don't remember much from them. I live in a bubble, so I have no clue who was clamoring for a 4th Jurassic Park movie.

    I like Dinosaurs but I don't know what else you can do w/ them that hasn't been done before.

    Give them human intelligence?
    Make them enslave humanity?

    • GregDinskisk

      You could... You could... throw a few bodies of them into... New York? Dead bodies of dinosaurs? Deal with the politics of the knowledge that dinosaurs still exist? Something like that?

    • Vince Smetana

      Pit them against Godzilla and Mothra.

    • markymark

      Dinosaur cage-fights. Or better yet put dinosaurs in The Hunger Games!

  • kyle coley

    I like this move

  • Kessler

    Haven't seen the Jurassic Park movies in a long time and, to be honest, I'm not really interested in a fourth one and I don't know anyone who is. Haven't seen Safety Not Guaranteed yet either so I can't really comment on whether Trevorrow is a good choice. He's certainly an unexpected choice and I guess they could've done much worse.

  • AS

    Well, I guess that's the move: hire some young indie filmmaker, pay em shit and then put him in charge of a multimillion dollar production...a recipe for success.

  • MrStark

    Entertainment not guaranteed. Maybe the dinos will have lasers mounted on their genitals. Imagination seems to be as extinct in hollyreboot as the Sam Neils career. Mouth of Madness still kicks fanny though...

  • Bertram J. Krogh

    The comparison to Marc Webb is interesting. Although I don't like when independent/artsy directors go make larger movies. There's something quirky and cool about a great indie. Blockbuster? Not so cool. Liked The Amazing Spider-Man though. But my faith in this JP chapter is slim to nothing.

  • Xarnis

    Ok. Now I have to check out Safety Not Guaranteed. I'm a huge Jurassic Park fan, the original was one of the movies that got me interested in filmmaking. Hopefully, this is a good move, for I've been wanting a good Jurassic Park movie for a long time.

  • SmartFilm

    The original is a classic but the follow-ups were pretty lackluster. I don't know why but I'm kind of holding out hope that this installment turns out good. Hope that they don't CG the whole thing though, I'm a puppet man through and through.

  • Matt

    I'm a huge fan of the original film (can't wait to check it out in 3D in a few weeks!) but the sequels were pretty bad and I can't exactly say I'm looking forward to a fourth. As for selecting Trevorrow to direct... I don't think I really have an opinion. It's not necessarily a bad choice, I just don't see the reasoning for it. With Webb and "Spider-Man", I at least saw similarities in the romantic moments between JGL and Deschanel in "(500) Days of Summer" and Garfield/Stone in TASM.

  • Chris

    Love the first one. I'll never say no to another Jurassic Park. Even if the film isn't that good, I still get nostalgic of my childhood watching dinosaurs on screen.

  • samlane

    During all the speculation over who would direct Star Wars Episode VII, wasn't it him who finally tweeted that he was not going to direct Star Wars, but that he was working on a new installment of another beloved franchise? If so, this must have been what he was talking about. I really liked Safety Not Guaranteed, but when I first heard about this a part of me was disappointed he was selling out already. On the other hand, it does give me a bit more hope for Jurassic Park IV. Hopefully he can do something decent with it, then go back to better things.

  • Fox

    Safety Not Guaranteed was pretty bad, but as long as he's not writing this one I doubt he could screw it up too much. Also I think most of SNG's shortcomings came from lack of money, something that won't be an issue here.

  • Winchester

    I haven't seen Safety Not Guranteed so I have no idea if he's a good choice or not.

    Certainly the idea of handing relatively inexperienced directors (or directors I should say who are not used to large scale projects with likely a great deal of complex visual effects) seems hit and miss. Marc Webb went from a great film with Summer to an awful one with Spider-Man. How much of it's awfulness was his fault is probably debatable but still, not a great transition. I'll be curious to see how Gareth Edwards transitions from Monsters to Godzilla though it's a bit less of a leap genre wise.

    And they have a tight production window to reach that release date as well. I'll need to guage my interest nearer the time but it's low so far.

  • Irf

    It's interesting that Trevorrow is the latest indie-darling to crossover into Hollywood franchise fare, though, the hiring of such talent must be primarily related to economic prudence than artistic compulsion. To hire Spielberg in order to helm a new JP will incur directorial fees running into tens of millions of dollars, whereas recruiting a competent neophyte will be no more than $300,000, if that. The franchise movie business is becoming more like television directing, where strong producer and writing partnerships take the lead and interchangeable directors come and go without leaving much auteur impression on content.

    Wyatt, Edwards, Webb and now Trevorrow are absolutely representative of the new model of movie franchise stewardship. GODZILLA next year will come out adjacent to JP4, but neither movie will be a draw in terms of directorial name talent involved, rather more, brand recognition, writer and producing attachments will hold greater sway.

    I don't think that Spielberg has directed a movie for Universal since THE LOST WORLD, and even then it was allegedly a favour for the studio riskily bankrolling SCHINDLER'S LIST. Even though JP4 is a Trevorrow gig, Spielberg will no doubt shepherding in a very hands on way. This project belongs to Spielberg and he seems to be producing in a majorly vested way. After the mistake that was JP III, which effectively comatose the franchise, this reboot will be something else, hopefully.

  • Seiko

    I for one hope they either do something that makes the whole "we made dinosaurs" thing some sort of a political issue, with protesting and whatnot, and perhaps on top of that taking the overused "virus" plot and using nature to basically be a problem in wiping out the remaining dinosaurs. People would have a problem with letting them die out. This film could actually be better than "The Lost World" if handled correctly. Perhaps introduce feathered dinosaurs too....

  • adu

    Yeah pretty much a dead & buried franchise for me. I am glad Spielberg is not directing; would rather have him get started on Roboapocalypse or whatever it was called.