With the recent revelation that Jurassic Park IV won’t be released until the summer of 2015, this new timeframe gives director Colin Trevorrow ample time to make the film the best movie it can be. When Universal first announced the project back in January, there was no script or director attached, but it had an aggressive summer 2014 release date. Now that Trevorrow can take his time, there are still some questions about the film’s storyline and scope to deal with.
In an interview with Schmoes Know at the 38th Annual Saturn Awards, Trevorrow talked about going from a small indie film like his debut, Safety Not Guaranteed, to a giant summer blockbuster on the scale of Jurassic Park IV. He mentioned that he is currently working on the script with his writing partner Derek Connolly. The pair says that the process is refreshing, and resembles their previous collaborations, only Steven Spielberg is involved this time.
It’s incredible to have Steven, who’s done this for decades and has such an incredible filmic knowledge and just understands the language of the story in a way that for us is very refreshing. It’s not like getting notes from a studio executive, it’s really just trying to crack this and make it the best it can be.
When the subject of whether or not Jurassic Park IV would be a reboot or direct sequel, Trevorrow played coy. He said, “We don’t want to create a news scoop here, but we definitely want to honor what came before us.” It’s a hard thing to honor the original Jurassic Park. Even Spielberg had trouble pulling that off with follow ups like The Lost World, so it’s going to be interesting to see what Trevorrow and Connolly can do with the fourth installment.
Considering that the original Jurassic Park is now 20-years-old, Trevorrow is well aware of the weight of adding a chapter in the series. The new film must appeal to fans of the original, but also an even wider general audience.
We are very aware of how much a certain generation especially cares about this movie and we talk about it all the time and really the conversation is: It’s not about us, it’s not about our careers, it’s – how do we make something that can stand with the first one.
At the moment, not much is known about the storyline, but Trevorrow revealed that it takes place at Site A on Isla Nublar off the coast of Costa Rica – the location of the first Jurassic Park film. There have been rumors that suggest the plot involves a brand new, fully functional Jurassic Park, which has become the biggest tourist destination in the world. The new film could also include a new deadly aquatic dinosaur that escapes from its aquarium to wreak havoc throughout the park.
Watch Trevorrow’s entire red carpet interview below: