Colin Trevorrow might not have landed that "Star Wars: Episode VII" gig, but he will be helming another long-awaited sequel in "Jurassic Park IV."
According to a press release from Universal Studios, the "Safety Not Guaranteed" director has signed on for the fourth entry in its dinosaur franchise. He'll be directing under producers Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley, and Steven Spielberg (who of course directed the first two entries in the series).
"Jurassic Park IV" has been in the works for the better part of a decade. Ever since the third film was released in 2001, rumors circulated that Universal would produce a follow-up. After enduring numerous starts and stops, the sequel finally found some footing within the past year, when Marshall and company attached "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver to pen a script.
Earlier this year, the studio made the surprise announcement that the film will be released on June 13th, 2014. The news was somewhat lost in the shuffle of the speculation surrounding the potential director for "Episode VII," but Universal's search has now come to a close.
Trevorrow found himself unexpectedly in the "Episode VII" mix late last year due to some cryptic comments he made over the summer about a taking over a franchise with a built-in fan base. As it turns out, he must have been referring to "Jurassic Park" all along.
He seems like an unlikely choice for the gig as well since "Safety Not Guaranteed" represents his only feature film; that low-budget, indie drama is also far removed from the blockbuster status of something like "Jurassic Park," so it'll be interesting to see how he handles the transition (the situation certainly echoes how Sony turned to Marc Webb to take over the "Spider-Man" series after "500 Days of Summer").
Apparently, Trevorrow is a big fan of the franchise, and his pitch won over Universal execs who "felt he would preserve and protect the characters in the story they created." He will presumably go to work immediately since he has less than sixteen months to hit Universal's start date (although it might be worth noting that the studio's release doesn't mention the announced 2014 release date).
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