Colin Trevorrow hit the jackpot. He directed one very well-received, low-budget indie movie, and he was rewarded with the chance to helm the next chapter in one of the most popular film franchises of the last 20 years. How do you cope? How do top what’s come before and offer something new and enticing for the future, especially when you’re following in the footsteps of none other than Steven Spielberg? Such was the plight of Trevorrow, and this weekend we’ll finally be able to see if it was all worthwhile as Jurassic World hits theaters everywhere. In a recent interview, Trevorrow offered insight into how he shaped Jurassic World, why he won’t be back for a sequel and why it’s good to have Spielberg in your corner.
Trevorrow was interviewed by Screen Rant recently during the press day for Jurassic World. Amongst the insights that the director offered in the short exchange was his inspiration for relying on motion capture for the dinosaur effects, his collaboration with composer Michael Giacchino, and how even though the scientific accuracy of the film in regards to its animal characters has been a topic of conversation, only one of Jurassic World’s many dinos is made up.
But two of the most interesting bits from the conversation come from a couple of peculiar questions: why has Trevorrow already decided to bow out of making a follow-up Jurassic World film even before it opens to what’s sure to be boffo box office, and how did the guy that made Safety No Guaranteed get what seems like cart blanche to make his film, his way?
First, despite the director’s enthusiasm for the work he created, he will not be making another Jurassic film as previously reported, at least not as director. Trevorrow said that he will “stay involved creatively,” but in terms of directorial duties, he wants to give others the chance to make their Jurassic Park and keep the quality of the films high while keeping the material from going stale.
There are some films that have many many sequels directed by the same director and then there’s others like Mission: Impossible and it really benefited I think by having a different director every time they don’t feel repetitive. They’re always new, they’re always fresh and a franchise like that is in danger of becoming repetitive and I think this is similar.
As for the man that started it all, Steven Spielberg, he was a godsend not just in terms of keeping studio nitpickers at bay, but in being a generous and challenging collaborator too.
None. Well, I think part of that is because Steven has final cut of the movie. I answer to him for sure and through the screenwriting process, the story development process, we were very closely involved. And yet his notes are never, “Go write a scene that has this in it.” It’s always, “I don’t think this is as good as it can be,” “I don’t think this is working right, find a different way to do this that accomplishes this,” and because he’s a writer he knows how to communicate with other creatives in a way that is empowering and doesn’t feel like you’re just being told what to do. I certainly never felt controlled by anyone over this whole process, I felt supported.
Read more from the interview with Trevorrow over at Screen Rant. Jurassic World opens in theaters everywhere tomorrow.