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We had been hearing whispers about it, and had seen it attempt again and again to crawl out of the primordial, pre-production soup, but it was starting to look like the fourth installment of the 'Jurassic Park' franchise was facing extinction. The biggest, most glaring issue was that, even as a release date was announced, the film had no director. Well, life has found a way, and today we can rest assured that indeed someone has been hired to manage the park. Colin Trevorrow has been named director for 'Jurassic Park 4.' Trevorrow made an enormous splash with his first narrative feature 'Safety Not Guaranteed.' The film centers on a trio of magazine employees who set out to interview a man who placed an add seeking a time-travel companion. During the epic space race to see who would be directing 'Star Wars: Episode VII,' Trevorrow was one of the few in final contention. It seems that he will instead be dealing with monsters who lived a long time ago on a planet not so far away. Steven Spielberg will be an executive producer on 'JP 4,' which is due to be released June of 2014.
This is great news! As much as I love J.J. Abrams, and think he will do a tremendous job with 'Star Wars,' I was really pulling for Trevorrow to get the job for Disney/Lucasfilm. The best sci-fi filmmakers are the ones who have had experience telling smart, provocative stories without the benefit of enormous budgets to supply all the worthwhile content. Duncan Jones ('Moon'), who is now helming 'World of Warcraft,' is one example, as is Shane Carruth ('Primer'). Even though 'District 9' did have a goodly amount of effects work, I would certainly add Neill Blomkamp to that list, as indeed I would Trevorrow. The first 'Jurassic Park' had a number of funny moments to offset the tension and thrills, so I'm not concerned about Trevorrow's style. And from what I've seen people like producer Frank Marshall tweeting, it seems Colin is a reverent fan of the 'Jurassic Park' universe so I feel that film is in good hands. Sure it'll be a challenge to make the transition from independent film to studio blockbuster, but with Steven Spielberg in his corner as executive producer, I have no doubt Trevorrow will be able to handle it.
What do you guys think? Are you surprised the studio went with Trevorrow? Do you feel he's the right choice for 'Jurassic Park 4?'