“Jurassic Park 4” is a go for Universal Pictures, and Colin Trevorrow will be at the helm. Deadline Hollywood reports that Trevorrow will direct the fourth “Jurassic Park” movie from a script by “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” scribes Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, with Steven Spielberg himself producing.
If that name doesn’t immediately ring a bell (Trevorrow’s, not Spielberg’s), cut yourself some slack. This will be, believe it or not, only Trevorrow’s second feature, and trust me, his budget has gotten a bump.
Trevorrow directed “Safety Not Guaranteed,” the Sundance pic which was eventually picked up by FilmDistrict. The indie barely had a budget, and was profitable with its $4 million gross. A budget, needless to say, hasn’t been announced for “Jurassic Park 4,” but come on. It’s going to be shot in 3D and it has dinosaurs. “Jurassic Park” is believed to have cost around $63 million in 1993. Inflation alone should pretty much double that.
“Jurassic Park,” by the way, grossed $1 billion, or thereabouts. The franchise to date has grossed around $2 billion to date.
Why would Universal trust the next installment of a major franchise to a director with a resume this short? Reportedly, studio execs met with him and thought he was a good match for the material. The fact that he’s young probably didn’t hurt. And note that Sony signed Marc Webb to direct their big budget, 3D “Spider-Man” reboot with only one feature to his credit, and they’ve got him hard at work shooting the sequel now.
Steven Spielberg’s original “Jurassic Park,” based on the novel by the late Michael Crichton, will be re-released in a 3D post-conversion on April 5th.