Colin Trevorrow Talks ‘Jurassic Park 4′; Plans to ‘Honor What Came Before Us’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated July 3rd, 2013 at 5:04 am,

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When Steven Spielberg passed on directing Jurassic Park III (after helming the first and second installments), he handed the reins over to filmmaker Joe Johnston, who had served as his art director on Raiders of the Lost Ark and Temple of Doom. The latter was in discussions for Jurassic Park IV early on, but the directing job eventually went to Colin Trevorrow instead. Trevorrow broke out last year with the film Safety Not Guaranteed, which is an indie dramedy about a cynical young magazine employee (Aubrey Plaza) who, along with one of her peers and an intern, investigates a classified ad placed by someone who’s looking for a time-travel companion.

Schmoes Knows interviewed Trevorrow at the 2013 Saturn Awards, where they asked the filmmaker about how his experience with making JP4 – at this stage of development anyway – compares to working on Safety Not Guaranteed. Trevorrow replied as follows:

“Surprisingly it’s not that different [from ‘Safety Not Guaranteed]. We have a very small team who we’re working with right now. It’s incredible to have Steven [Spielberg], who’s done this for decades and has such an incredible filmic knowledge and this understanding of the language of story – in a way that for us, is very refreshing. It’s not like getting notes from a studio executive. It’s really trying to crack this and make it the best movie it can be.”

Potential Jurassic Park IV script details leaked online a couple weeks ago, and while the information is, in fact, reported to have come from an earlier draft, Trevorrow is said to have made significant changes to the screenplay since then. It seems that the story for JP4 may still take place on Isla Nublar (i.e. the island in the first movie), but what’s less certain is whether the more far-fetched elements from the early script draft – like velociraptors and Tyrannosaurus Rexes that have been domesticated at an operational Jurassic Park – have likewise been included in the most recent script cut.

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There was potential for something good in that early JP4 script breakdown, which was presumably for a/the draft co-written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). Hence, it’s encouraging to hear about both Trevorrow and Spielberg – who is executive producing – making efficient use of the extra year for development (following the project’s delay from a 2014 release date) – and shaping JP4 into a solid blockbuster, one which amounts to more than the nostalgia cash-grab that many fear it could be.

On that note, Trevorrow dodged a question about whether or not JP4 will, in essence, reboot the Jurassic Park franchise, but emphasized that he is well-aware of the history and cultural impact of this series:

“We don’t want to create a new scoop here [laughs], but we really want to honor what came before us. We are very aware of how much a certain generation especially cares about this movie and we talk about it all the time in conversations. It’s not about us, it’s not about our careers, it’s – how do we make something that can stand [against the first ‘Jurassic Park’]?”

Trevorrow has made similar comments in the past, about being invested in fulfilling fans’ expectations – and not wanting to tarnish their memories – while he works on a new version or installment in a beloved genre property (though, depending on how you feel about the Jurassic Park sequels, it may be too late for that). At the time, though, he was secretly referring to a Flight of the Navigator remake, which he could still direct sometime after JP4 is finished.

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While it was partly due to his Navigator comments, Trevorrow was once a heavily-rumored name to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, for reasons that may also extend to him having impressed some hotshot executives and producers around Hollywood.

Safety Not Guaranteed may be a far cry from a Jurassic Park movie (in terms of content, style, budget, etc.), but it likewise shows that Trevorrow is an adept storyteller with a sincere fondness for the cinema medium. We can only hope that potential ends up being realized, starting with JP4.

Do you approve of Trevorrow directing Jurassic Park IV? Or are you reserving judgement until we get more explicit details about what exactly he has in mind for the film?


Jurassic Park IV is slated to reach theaters sometime in Summer 2015.

Source: Schmoes Knows

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  1. Pass, no interest in seeing another one after the last two.

  2. “what’s less certain is whether the more far-fetched elements from the early script draft – like velociraptors and Tyrannosaurus Rexes that have been domesticated at an operational Jurassic Park – have likewise been included in the most recent script cut.”

    Please don’t!

  3. If I may… um, I’ll tell you the problem with the sequel you’re making here, it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. You watched what others had done and you took the next step. You didn’t earn the original’s success for yourselves, so you don’t take any responsibility for it. You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on film, and now
    *bangs on the table*
    you’re selling it, you wanna sell it. Well… your studio execs were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.

    • Was waiting on someone making this comment.

    • Dr ian that was gold ha ha

      But seriously theres still plenty if potential in this story… in spielberg I have faith

    • Comment of the month and it’s only the 2nd if July. Haha, good stuff.

    • Genius!

    • Dr. Ian Holm, that was beautiful! Just perfect!

    • you are a god among these petty animals, doctor. thank you for making me laugh til it hurt in places it shouldn’t.

  4. as long as its got the heart and the right material that made the first one a instant classic, then it should probably do just fine……and no dinosaurs with human characteristics, i want just simple dinosaurs no dinosaurs with guns either(I’d instantly would walk out of the theater if this happens)

  5. Saety Not Guaranteed was a pretty good movie.Not that that has any bearing on whether or not I’m going to watch this. Dinosaurs = no brainer.

    • Agreed. Trevorrow is 1/1 in my book. If he can deliver on this I’ll be impressed.

  6. No one is that excited. It’ll be a popcorn movie and nothing more.

  7. “Reins,” Sandy, that’s what Spielberg handed over to Johnston. Reins. Unless you consider the first two movies to be kingdoms or something.

  8. Really looking forward to this movie!

    • +1

      I love Jurassic Park and I hope the fourth one is awesome.

  9. I liked how the dinos looked in the first film & 2nd film. They looked more real & intimidating. Especially the raptors.

  10. Can’t wait to see me some dinos kicking ass & eating stupid humans!!

    • Agreed Andy S. John S agrees too ahahaha

  11. Bring on JP4!!! Please keep Spielberg involved with the direction of this one…

  12. I don’t love the series. I appreciate many things of the first and a lot of individual things of the second too, which I did like less. I hate the third except for Laura Dern’s moment. I do have some hopes this one will be good just for the sake of having a good movie coming out in a movie franchise I do love as a concept.

  13. I’d rather they take a chance on this guy since we already know what Johnston brings to the table. JP3 was entertaining in a trashy B-movie kinda way, but it seems like they’re trying for something a bit more here.

  14. Trev will do well. He is making the movie for us.

  15. Eyyyy way to go on gettin the scoop schmoes know interns!

  16. I really hope jp4 sticks to it’s roots. P1 & 3 were my favorites. Lost world was cool. Don’t really want to see big changes or anything out of the ordinar for the upcoming jp4. I feel we jp fans deserve it lol.. It’s abot that time

  17. but just today Actor – Jeff Goldblum Falls To His Death In New Zealand


    Actor Jeff Goldblum died while filming a movie in New Zealand early this morning – August 6, 2013
    Preliminary reports from New Zealand Police officials indicate that the actor fell more than 60 feet to his death on the Kauri Cliffs while on-set. Specific details are not yet available.

    The accident occurred at approximately 4:30 a.m. (UTC/GMT +12).

    Additional details and information will be forthcoming.

    New Zealand, in recent years has grown in popularity as a backdrop for Hollywood producers because of it’s scenic and rugged landscape. Recent movies filmed in New Zealand include The Lord Of the Rings, King Kong, and The Chronicles Of Narnia.

    So if he is dead he will not be in this 4th one at all?