Jurassic Park IV, next year's long-in-the-making sequel to the Mesozoic mega-movie now has a director in Colin Trevorrow.
Almost apropos to the way that the long-extinct gigantic creatures were culled from the smallest, most unlikeliest of places in the films, so too has the helmer for this gigantic sequel. Trevorrow, whose short directorial resume notably includes last year's Internet meme-inspired comedy, Safety Not Guaranteed and a 2005 TV movie called Gary: Under Crisis, takes a step almost as shockingly-large as the franchise's featured creatures themselves when he settles into the director's chair for this follow-up film to the popular series; the first since 2001's Jurassic Park III.
This certainly begs a rather obvious question: Colin Trevorrow?! It's especially surprising considering that the legendary Steven Spielberg, who directed the first two films, was speculated to be circling the job. (He remains on board as executive producer.) Well, according to Deadline, the writer/director, Trevorrow met with some bigwigs at Universal along with a handful of filmmakers and made a pitch that (we would assume) was impactful, passionate, and demonstrated his own love for the series. With Trevorrow, the studio gets a vision for the film that apparently stays true to the heart of the series. At the same time, they get to invest in someone from a new crop of young filmmakers to see what he does with the proverbial "ball" when it's handed to him. At the moment, that "ball" comes with a screenplay by Rise of the Planet of the Apes scribes, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.
With the 1993 original film set for a 3D re-release on April 5 and this sequel looming, you can bet that we're in for a mass-marketing blitz of epic proportions for all things Jurassic. (There's got to be a Betty White roast joke in there somewhere.) For Trevorrow, it's going to be quite the dramatic transition from independent filmmaker to captain for one of Hollywood's majorly lucrative franchises.
Jurassic Park IV tests the electric fences to break out and arrive at theaters on June 13, 2014.