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Cue the shaking jello: A director you never heard of is bringing 'Jurassic Park 4' to life

"Jurassic Park"/Universal Pictures (1993)
Universal Pictures

Steven Spielberg's "The Revenge of Abe Lincoln" "Jurassic Park 4" has been given a director — Spoiler alert: It's not Steven Spielberg.

It was announced Thursday that the next installment of the billion-dollar-dino-franchise — a film that  "probably shouldn't be getting made at all," according to The Atlantic Wire — will be directed by 36-year-old filmmaker Colin Trevorrow with Spielberg serving as executive producer, reports E! Online

Jurassic Park IV will be [Trevorrow]'s first mega-budget movie for a major studio, let alone his first venture into 3-D. And, he's got a whole franchise to revive.

As Reuters puts it, Trevorrow, who was up to direct the new Star Wars, is "little known in Hollywood," having directed an independent film — "Safety Not Guaranteed"  — and was previously involved with a TV movie and documentary.

OK. "Why Trevorrow?" asks Deadline.

He met with the studio and filmmakers, and they felt he was a good match for the material, having grown up a huge fan of the trilogy and part of a new generation of directors steeped in all things dinosaur. They felt he would preserve and protect the characters in the story they created.

Moviefone expands on this statement, making a case for "Jurassic Park 4" as a film that could be more human than dinosaur:

Check out how vivid and interesting the characters are in the trailer for Safety Not Guaranteed. If Trevorrow can work this level of humor and humanity into Jurassic Park 4, the dinos can be as clunky as Bruce the Shark was in Jaws and you won't hear too much bitching.

JP IV is expected to hit theaters June 2014, according to IMDB. In April 2013, expect a limited re-release of the original Jurassic Park in IMAX 3-D, in regular 3-D, and in RealD(?) . 


"Safety Not Guaranteed" 

"Jurassic Park" In 3-D Trailer

"The Making Of Jurassic Park’s Spitting, Newman-Killing Dilophosaurus" (via uproxx)



Jurassic Park (1993)

  • $915 million
  • dir. Steven Spielberg

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)

  • $619 million 
  • dir. Steven Spielberg

Jurassic Park III (2001) 

  • $369 million
  • dir. Joe Johnston