Colin Trevorrow is Directing ‘Jurassic Park 4′; Will Shoot in 3D

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No sooner do we begin wondering if Steven Spielberg might be secretly planning to direct Jurassic Park 4 (and consider whether that is a good idea), then we get an official Universal press release confirming that the job has, instead, gone to up-and-coming filmmaker Colin Trevorrow.

Trevorrow made a splash last year with his indie breakout feature debut Safety Not Guaranteed, but most people became familiar with his name only after he became a heavily rumored candidate for the Star Wars: Episode VII directing job. It soon got out that Trevorrow was revisiting another nostalgic sci-fi property altogether, in the form of a Flight of the Navigator remake. However, we can now confirm that JP4 will, instead, be his introduction to the world of big-budget filmmaking.

Universal and Amblin Entertainment have announced that Trevorrow will shoot the fourth Jurassic Park in 3D, which is a first for the lucrative sci-fi action/adventure franchise. It’s a smart move, seeing how next month’s 3D re-release of director Steven Spielberg’s first installment is expected to turn a tidy sum at the box office – meaning, JP4 will benefit from a renewed demand for photo-realistic prehistoric beasts on the big screen (and in 3D, no less).

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Jurassic Park 4 is being scripted by husband-wife duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), based on a story and concept co-conceived by Spielberg and screenwriter Mark Protosevich (Thor). Spielberg is also serving as the film’s executive producer on the project, along with producers Patrick Crowley (the Bourne franchise) and Frank Marshall – who is essentially filling in for his wife Kathleen Kennedy, since she’s busy serving as the new Lucasfilm president and executive producer on forthcoming Star Wars installments.

Overall, this belated fourth Jurassic Park installment is shaping up surprisingly well, thanks to the promising director calling the shots, capable screenwriters who are guiding the series into (supposedly) unexplored story territory, and the head honchos with the experience to make sure it turns out okay (at the least). Here’s to hoping this return expedition proves worth more than ten years of waiting.


Jurassic Park 4 opens in 2D and 3D (and probably IMAX 3D) theaters on June 13th, 2014.


Source: Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment

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  1. Interesting choice i found saftey not guarenteed to be flat but sure why not give him a chance

  2. Even though JP3 wasn’t great I’m still keen as ever to jump back into the world of Jurassic Park. Bring it on!

  3. Oh lord, not enough credentials! This is a heart racing gamble!

    • Same could’ve been said for Spielberg, Scott, Cameron and a lot of the other great directors who had to start somewhere and gave us classic and legendary movies like Jaws, Alien and The Terminator.

      That’s why I don’t like to get caught up in the “he hasn’t directed enough movies, this film will suck” mentality.

      • +1

      • Most of the time, I think it’s a good idea to hire up and coming film directors, they usually surprise us with great entertaining movies. Like Marc Webb with 500 Days of Summer and Amazing Spider-man, and Gareth Edwards with Monsters just to name a few. JP4 is shaping up to be a great movie!

        • Exactly.

          Chris Nolan released Memento, The Prestige and Batman Begins and people still didn’t really know who he was until The Dark Knight blew everyone away. Now he’s box office gold and you can guarantee huge success by putting his name on the poster.

          Same with actors. Who would’ve thought the Fresh Prince would become a bankable Hollywood star until Independence Day came along and made him a global box office draw?

      • Yeah. When things like that come up I instantly remember a little director from New Zealand, who was only really known for his low budget horror comedy called Brainded/Dead Alive and maybe the somewhat silly The Frighteners, but who then went on and created the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

  4. dont know how i feel about this yet. now we just need to get some casting updates.

  5. This… might actually work. I really hope they can pull this together. Jurassic Park was my childhood and I hope they can get it going again. Maybe start the dinosaur renaissance that we so desperately need.

  6. I’m just excited to see dinosaurs on the big screen again, especially with today’s level of special effects :)

  7. I thought Safety Not Guaranteed was kind of dull, so I don’t know if im happy for it. But ill give him the benefit of the doubt.

  8. I have to say that this news actually spikes my interest in JP4. Until this news I just wasn’t interested really. But I really liked Safety Not Guaranteed and with moviemaking legends like Spielberg and Lucas supporting and now hiring the guy you have to take notice IMO.

    • Lucas?

  9. Wow interesting choice this is his first big action production he’s doing right? I think he’ll do a fine job and i imagine he’s looking forward to it

  10. He made no action movies? Good.
    Thats why Jurassic Park 2 and 3 where kinda blegh. They tried to be action movies, intead of adventure movies. A small difference that most people seem to overlook.

  11. I enjoyed Safety Not Guaranteed .
    So, I am okay with this .

  12. Called it!

  13. I always welcome directors who have something to prove for better or worse. He’s probably made more of a name for himself in the last few days just by being announced the new JP4 director than with Safety Not Guaranteed, which cost under a million bucks to make. Imagine what he could do with a huge Hollywood budget.

    But more importantly than money he understands good storytelling and that’s what this franchise needs more than anything. This guy’s just been given the keys to the Porsche for the first time so he’s not just gonna be on cruise control throughout this production.

    I think this a smart approach for Universal or whoever’s decision this was. The Amazing Spider-Man did a similar thing with Marc Webb, a respectable indie director (500 Days of Summer), and ended up with reasonable results. So for now I say, “Clever girl.”

  14. I really hope you guys make jurassic park 4 because I’m a huge jurassic park fan

  15. Appassionato di dinosauri come si vede nel mio sito web dinosauridisasso aspetto aspetto la nuova uscita ciao

  16. Nice! I hope they have the T Rex again. I saw this interesting article

    The Tyrannosaurus Rex’s Dangerous and Deadly Bite
    “The dinosaur had the strongest bite of any land animal – even harder than we previously thought”
    Brian Switek