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).
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