Universal Pictures has announced that the director of the Sundance Film Festival favorite "Safety Not Guaranteed", Colin Trevorrow, will direct the third sequel to "Jurassic Park". This ends all speculation about who will bring the dinosaurs back to life. Some had hoped that Joe Dante would do the honors but this will not be the case.
There is no word regarding who will star in the film or what the storyline will be. The original starred Richard Attenborough, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Joseph Mazzello, Sam Neill and Ariana Richards. Co-stars included Samuel L. Jackson and Wayne Knight, both of whom were killed in the film. It would be great to see all of them reunited much as Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are being reunited for "Star Wars Episode VII".
As everyone will recall, John Hammond (Attenborough) and his company, Ingen, developed an over-sized amusement park complete with live dinosaurs. Hammond solicits the opinions of Ellie Sattler (Dern), Alan Grant (Neill) and Ian Malcolm (Goldblum) when investors threaten to close the park following a series of accidents. Upon their arrival, the group is joined by Tim (Mazzello) and Lex Murphy (Richards), Hammond's grandchildren. During their tour of the park, a severe storm caused a power outage, releasing the dinosaurs. Chaos ensued and everyone had to avoid becoming dino-snacks. "Jurassic Park" will be re-released in 3D in theaters on Fri., April 5, 2013, marking the twentieth anniversary of this landmark film.
Trevorrow is relatively new in the business, having directed only one film--"Safety Not Guaranteed". That film did very well at the Festival and received much critical acclaim. He is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. It's interesting that Stephen Spielberg (producer) is trusting a venture of this magnitude to a virtual rookie. "Jurassic Park IV" is expected to be released in the summer of 2014.