I’m still, in the back of my mind, not entirely convinced that Jurassic Park 4 is happening. I know, intellectually, that it is. But it still has the feeling of an elaborate hallucination.
Well the hallucination just got a little more solid: Safety Not Guaranteed‘s Colin Trevorrow has been chosen to direct.
First, to address the Steven Spielberg-shaped elephant in the room: There’s been some recent speculation that he might direct the film, but it’s hardly a surprise that he isn’t. He’s kind of cooled off on action films lately, saying in an interview that “I knew I could do the action in my sleep at this point in my career. In my life, the action… doesn’t attract me anymore.”
So what about Trevorrow? His only major credit is Safety Not Guaranteed, a tiny time travel-themed sci-fi comedy shot on a budget of only $750,000, which can’t be that much larger than JP4‘s catering budget. (OK, that’s probably an exaggeration, as I have no idea how much the catering budget on a big-budget movie usually is. But you get my drift.) But Safety is an excellent film, one that really showcases Treverrow’s storytelling talents. And, not to give too much away if you haven’t seen the film, it has some really awesome practical special effects going on. And what is a Jurassic Park movie without awesome practical special effects?
Deadline explains how Trevorrow got the job:
He met with the studio and filmmakers, and they felt he was a good match for the material, having grown up a huge fan of the trilogy and part of a new generation of directors steeped in all things dinosaur. They felt he would preserve and protect the characters in the story they created.
Some other Jurassic Park 4 tidbits: It’s being written by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who co-wrote the excellent Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Spielberg is the executive producer. It will also reportedly be shot in 3D, which I really, really hope doesn’t change to “Whoops, we meant it’ll be post-converted to 3D!”
And finally, the release date: June 13, 2014.
Prayer circle for this to be more a Jurassic Park than a Jurassic Park 3.