Rumors of a new Jurassic Park sequel have persisted since Jurassic Park III hit theaters back in 2001. The film had been in development hell for 12 years when Universal Studios announced a new Jurassic Park movie would be targeting a summer 2014 release date. The production of the sequel could be rocky considering the short timetable, so it was crucial that Universal bring on a strong director to make sure the new film will be delivered on time. Now they have.
According to Deadline, producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley have hired director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) to helm the upcoming Jurassic Park IV. At the moment, it’s unclear what this will mean for Trevorrow’s Flight of the Navigator remake, but considering Jurassic Park IV actually has a release date, it seems likely that Flight of the Navigator will get pushed to the back burner.
A few months ago, Trevorrow was rumored to be on the short list to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, until Disney officially hired J.J. Abrams for the job. His directorial debut, Safety Not Guaranteed, clearly made him some fans.
Super producer Kathleen Kennedy left the Jurassic Park IV production to focus her attention on making Star Wars: Episode VII for Disney and Lucasfilm. Rise of the Planet of the Apes writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver wrote the JP4 script, while Steven Spielberg will still serve as executive producer on the project.
This April, Universal Studios will re-release the original Jurassic Park in theaters with a special 3D up-conversion treatment and a one-week IMAX limited engagement for its 20th anniversary. The film grossed $915 million in 1993, so this re-release will surely add to this amount tremendously.
Jurassic Park IV will hit theaters everywhere on June 13, 2014.