After moving back from summer 2014 to 2015, director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) has more time to work on his follow-up picture, Jurassic Park IV. It’s a major leap for an indie director with only one feature under his belt, but speaking to Schmoes Know on the red carpet at the Saturn Awards, Trevorrow explained that Steven Spielberg has been a valuable resource in trying to hammer out the story. “It’s incredible to have Steven, who’s done this for decades and has such an incredible filmic knowledge and just understands the language of the story in a way that for us is very refreshing,” said Trevorrow. “It’s not like getting notes from a studio executive, it’s really just trying to crack this and make it the best it can be.”
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Trevorrow told Schmoes Know [via CS] that while he “didn’t want to create a scoop”, he did say “we definitely want to honor what came before us.” It sounds like JP 4 will undoubtedly be a sequel, which is probably the best way to go. How do you even reboot Jurassic Park? It’s dinosaurs on an island. That’s not an origin story or a mythos. It’s a premise, and you take it from there.
The director went on to say,
“We are very aware of how much a certain generation especially cares about this movie and we talk about it all the time and really the conversation is: It’s not about us, it’s not about our careers, it’s – how do we make something that can stand with the first one?”
No one’s really be able to do that so far, not even Spielberg since The Lost World is pretty terrible. A rumored plot synopsis for the fourth installment has the intriguing set-up that John Hammond’s planned, Sea World-esque theme park has come to fruition, and it’s perfectly safe until everything breaks down and the dinosaurs go on a rampage. The film will also introduce underwater dinos to the series with the “Isla Nublar Lagoon.” However, as Trevorrow says in the interview with Schmoes Know, they’re still in the process of writing the script, so this could all be just wishful thinking or an early draft that will be greatly changed as development moves along.