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Jurassic Park 4 Update: Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow attached to project.

Jurassic Park 4 Colin Trevorrow

It’s been over a decade since the theatrical release of a new Jurassic Park movie, and with the third instalment failing to win hearts and minds of fans and critics, perhaps that’s a good thing. However, rumours have been circulating since as early as 2008, of a part four in the works, only for concrete details to fail to materialise. Several actors and directors rumoured to be attached to the project claimed ignorance, and with recent suggestion that Steven Spielberg himself might take seat in the director’s chair, fans have been eager for news. (We previously wrote about this here.)

The news has arrived in the form of an official press release confirming that the director of Jurassic Park 4 will  be, ( in a slightly surprising choice), Colin Trevorrow. Trevorrow’s breakthrough work, Safety Not Guaranteed, was a quirky, indie comedy-drama based around a genuine magazine advertisement from 1997:

Wanted: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O. Box 91 Ocean View, WA99393. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.

If you didn’t see the movie, yes still recognise the moniker, then scratch your head no longer. Trevorrow’s name was one of several thrown around as ‘strong possibilities’ for potential directors of the new Star Wars movies. Though these rumours later proved to be false, fans will be excited to hear his name in association with another big-budget Hollywood project.

With a 3D re-release of the original Jurassic Park planned to hit cinemas in the US next month, it’s no surprise that the forth instalment will be shot using 3D technology – a move that is likely to please some, and alienate others. Still, regardless of whether or not you see 3D as a useful tool for expanding cinema, or an irritating gimmick, there can be little argument that there is a better use for it than in a powerful, visually-impressive blockbuster in the vein of Spielberg’s work.

What does this mean for the movie? Well, things are looking hopeful. With a young and enthusiastic director at the helm,  cutting-edge technology, writing duo Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of The Apes) behind the script, and with Spielberg confirmed as executive producer, there is definite potential for the dino-tastic spectacular. We’ll keep you posted as things develop. Clever girls!

Do you have a strong opinion on the Jurassic Park franchise?  Are you happy to see Trevorrow in the director’s chair, or would you prefer someone with more experience?  What do YOU want out a dinosaur movie?  Let us know.

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