Colin Trevorrow to Direct JURASSIC PARK 4; Will Shoot in 3D

     March 14, 2013


Late last year, director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) was a dark horse candidate in the running for the director’s chair of Star Wars: Episode VII; now it looks as if he’ll be helming the fourth installment of the Jurassic Park series.  Trevorrow had teased fans about directing a film with a significant fan base and the rumor mill quickly lumped him into the Star Wars discussion.  Not long after that, word came out that Trevorrow would be writing and possibly directing a remake of Flight of the Navigator; nothing to scoff at, but certainly not Star Wars.  With today’s news that he’ll be directing Jurassic Park 4now we know the fan base he was hinting at all along.  Hit the jump for more.

colin-trevorrow-jurassic-park-4It looks like Trevorrow is the man to helm the return to Jurassic Park for Universal Pictures.  The director made his feature debut at Sundance with Safety Not Guaranteed and has only a short, a documentary and a TV movie to his other directorial credits.  Reported as being a big fan of the billion-dollar franchise, Trevorrow met with studio execs and filmmakers who “felt he would preserve and protect the characters in the story they created.”  It goes without saying that this is a huge get for the young director.  Here’s what producer Frank Marshall had to say via Twitter:

Thrilled to have director on JP4, Colin Trevorrow, an exciting young filmmaker who understands and respects the world that is Jurassic Park.

Here’s the full press release:

Long-awaited fourth installment of this groundbreaking film franchise from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment to be shot in 3D

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA, March 14, 2013 — Colin Trevorrow has signed on to direct Jurassic Park 4, the highly-anticipated fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise that has grossed $1.9 billion at worldwide box office since the first film was released in 1993.

The Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment production will be produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley with Steven Spielberg as Executive Producer.  The script was written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).

Trevorrow directed Safety Not Guaranteed for FilmDistrict and Big Beach Films starring Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass and Jake Johnson.  The critically-acclaimed film debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where screenwriter Derek Connolly won the prestigious Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.  The film also won Best First Screenplay at this year’s Independent Spirit Awards, where Trevorrow was nominated for Best First Feature.

Universal will release Jurassic Park in 3D on April 5.  With his remastering of the epic into a state-of-the-art 3D format, Spielberg introduces the three-time Academy Award®-winning blockbuster to a new generation of moviegoers and allows longtime fans to experience the world he envisioned in a way that was unimaginable during the film’s original release.


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  • Sandy

    Finally! Bring it!

  • TheHOYT

    Hmmmm … I’ve not seen Safety Not Guaranteed, but it was well reviewed. I really don’t know how to feel about this hire. Although, I like the unknown aspect of it.

    It could be good, or bad, but it will definitely be a surprise. I have no idea what I’m getting. I like that they’re taking a risk, rather than going with somebody safe like Joe Johnston.

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  • Straymo

    Aubrey Plaza needs to get involved too (she starred in SNG). Also Aubrey Plaza running around with dinosaurs would just be awesome.

    • chanandeler bong

      Couldnt agree more. Though it’s too early to comment on Trevorrow as the a director, Aubrey Plaza would be a great addition as a cast member.

    • Mark

      The JP movies have a longstanding tradition of casting celebrated character actors just for the purpose of having them run from dinosaurs. I now love to say “_____ needs to run from dinosaurs”, meaning an actor should stop taking so many self important, Oscar-baiting roles and do something fun.

  • Sandhu

    This guy has been working on this since November apparently! This is amazing that they got a JP fan to direct JP4! So pumped!

  • GUS

    So he will be the puppet, and Spielberg is gonna be pulling the strings. Just like Poltergeist??

    • Mark

      If it turns out to be as awesome as Poltergeist, I’m all for it.

  • Amar

    Indie filmmakers start their career with some original ideas and when their movie get the recognition its hard for them to do next one and this big budget movie offer plays like vacation for them.

  • Farzan

    Not sure how I feel about this. Its definitely an interesting choice and one that could either work really well or fall flat on its head. People have to remember that Rupert Wyatt was a nobody before he directed Rise of the Planet of the Apes and we all know how that turned out. I haven’t seen Colin Trevorrow’s first movie, but its been well reviewed and hes a big fan of the Jurassic Park franchise. As a big fan of this series myself, I say we give Colin a chance and hope he doesn’t screw up.

  • Hunter

    I think this is a good move. I feel like when an indie director gets hired for a big budget film they develop a better story with the action in the background instead of having a ton of action with a muddled story somewhere in between.

  • Strong Enough


    This is the same problem as Marc Webb and Amazing Spider man! they aren’t experienced enough to make a bug budget film. they know nothing about shooting action and creating tension. it took Nolan 3 MOVIES to get to Batman. this is such a mistake

    • will

      I still don’t get why everyone seems to hate ASM. It’s not great or mind-blowing, or even as good as some of Raimi’s movies, but it’s not an active atrocity like the overstuffed and underdeveloped SM3. The action was one of the parts in ASM that actually worked better.

      • MrNateathon

        The action was good. But that was about it. Spidey taking off his mask every 5 minutes, the hipster Peter Parker, the weak story-line, all the lame sight gags. It was like Spiderman for the Twilight crowd.

    • Mark

      There was absolutely nothing in Peter Jackson’s repertoire that suggested he could handle something as massive as a 9-hour unfilmable literary fantasy. And then he gave us the LOTR trilogy. Never say never.

  • will

    I mean, it’s an interesting choice. I’m way more intrigued by Trevorrow taking the helm over some mainstream gun-for-hire like JPIII director Joe Johnston again. Of course, it could all go the “style over substance” route like Rupert Sanders on SWATH, but for now, consider me in.

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