Ever since teasing the return of the big dinosaur franchise at a recent Comic Con, fans of the original trilogy have been chomping at the bit for new info. First there was the announcement of Jurassic Park returning the theaters, notably with a post 3D conversion and IMAX screenings. That will start next month on April 5. Then it was announced that Jurassic Park IV would be hitting theaters on June 13,2014. That bit worried me as that’s barely over a year away from now and without a finished script or director at the time, it seemed like the rushed ending the part III would repeat itself. Luckily screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were announced not to long ago as penning the script. They were also the writers for the surprisingly good Rise of the Planet of the Apes film. So at least a smart, non-bombastic, non cyborg velociraptor soldiers in Alpine Castles would be coming. (Seriously, look that shit up, it isn’t a joke)
Today the last piece of the puzzle was finally revealed, and the director was announced. Colin Trevorrow will be directing Jurassic Park IV. Now it’s understandable if the name doesn’t stand out to you. He has only directed one film prior, “Saftey Not Guaranteed” an indie movie with a production budget of $750,000-$4 million dollars. Literally nothing in the world of Hollywood and nothing compared to the monster sized budget this film will get. “Safety Not Guaranteed” is a Comedy-Drama that is based off the famous fake ad in a 1997 magazine asking for a person to come time travel. Admittedly, I have not seen nor heard of this film or director before but after viewing the trailer, I intend to rectify that immediately. Reports are suggesting that Spielberg, who is still executive producer, was very impressed with meeting Trevorrow and his talents and believes in his passion for this project and his love for the prior film trilogy that he grew up on.
Jurassic Park IV will be shot in 3D and will be released on June 13, 2014. In the meantime check out “Safety Not Guaranteed” and see for yourself if Colin Trevorrow is the man for the job.