With Jurassic World set to open this summer, it appears that director Colin Trevorrow has found his next project—and no, it’s not another Jurassic Park sequel. THR reports that DreamWorks has picked up the sci-fi thriller Intelligent Life with Trevorrow attached to direct. He co-wrote the pic with his Jurassic World and Safety Not Guaranteed collaborator Derek Connolly, and Jurassic producer Frank Marshall is set to produce. In addition to writing and directing, Connolly will also act as executive producer alongside Steven Spielberg.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but apparently the film is a re-conceived version of an earlier Trevorrow/Connolly project called The Ambassador, which was intended to act as their Safety Not Guaranteed follow-up. That script revolved around a UN worker who served in a department that was to represent humankind in the event of first contact. The worker falls in love with a mysterious woman who (surprise!) turns out to be an alien.
It’s been clear that Trevorrow is interested in sci-fi since his debut, the Sundance indie Safety Not Guaranteed. That small-scale character-driven comedy revolved around a man who claimed to have created a time machine, and THR notes that Intelligent Life will be in line with the tone of Safety—“a big idea surrounded by rich characters.”
It remains to be seen how Trevorrow fares on his first big budget effort with Jurassic World, but the fact that Marshall and Spielberg are already keen to work with Trevorrow again speaks to their satisfaction in his results thus far. We’ll see soon enough for ourselves when Jurassic World opens in theaters on June 12th.