Indie director Colin Trevorrow will direct Jurassic Park 4

Steven Spielberg to produce alongside 36-year-old director

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LOS ANGELES: Universal Pictures announced on Thursday that filmmaker Colin Trevorrow, who directed Safety Not Guaranteed–a time travel comedy that blew the socks off critic’s socks last year’s Sundance Film Festival–will helm the fourth installment of Jurassic Park.

This will be Trevorrow’s second time directing a feature length film, leading one Maclean’s writer to posit that “maybe somebody told Spielberg, ‘He does indie films’ and Spielberg said ‘I LOVE Indiana Jones! Sign him up.'”

The 36-year-old director will be joined by Steven Spielberg who will be the film’s executive producer, along with producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley, who produced the Bourne trilogy.

Spielberg directed the first two movies in the $1.9 billion film franchise. Joe Johnston directed Jurassic Park III, which was released 12 years ago, but that film didn’t do nearly as well at the box office. (Which is surprising, considering both Sam Neill and Laura Dern reprised their respective roles as Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler. But then again, there was no Jeff Goldblum.)

Universal said Jurassic Park 4 would be made in 3D and was scheduled for release on June 13, 2014.

In the meantime, the first Jurassic Park will be re-released in theatres on April 5 in honour of the franchise’s 20th anniversary. What’s more, it’s been converted to 3D, because the blood-curdling Tyrannosaurus rex shrieking and running out of the screen and towards the audience in the original version apparently wasn’t loud or terrifying enough.


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