The trend lately is to make your micro-budget indie and then get promoted right to franchise film stardom as a director. Gareth Edwards just pulled it off in spades with Godzilla, following his tiny, laptop-effects-infused mini-epic, Monsters. Now Colin Trevorrow is making the jump from cutesy Mark Duplass/Audrey Plaza time travel rom-com (Safety Not Guaranteed) to bringing back the paleolithic theme park Steven Spielberg himself made famous. But what is Trevorrow’s fourth Jurassic Parkfilm even going to be about? Well it seems like we’ve gotten some details today that may (or may not) completely surprise you.
Screen writer and director Colin Trevorrow (Safety not Guaranteed) recently went on the Jurassic Park Podcast to discuss what we can expect from his work on the upcoming Jurassic Park 4 movie. Yeah, I know, “officially” the movie is not got a “4” on it, but as you’ll hear in the podcast video, Trevorrow can’t even bring himself to not say it just about every time he mentions the movie title.
Don’t worry about spoilers, he’s very careful to not spoil anything he has planned. Take a listen and then you can check out some of the high points listed below to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
Here are some of the high points of the podcast thanks to Bleedingcool’s Brendon Connelly:
Trevorrow refused to answer “Would you like to get John Williams back making the music?” instead opting to say only “Do I love John Williams and all of his music? Of course.”
Trevorrow says “It’s important to make a movie for the fans but I also have to remember that there’s a lot of people who just couldn’t care less and need me to make a solid case for why the hell there’s a Jurassic Park 4 in the first place and I want to make a movie for them too.”
“This is not a paycheck gig for me and it’s not the movie that I’m making so I can make the movies that I really want to make. I actually want to make a kick-ass Jurassic Park movie.”
“When I get to sit down with guys like John Rosengrant and adjust the talon length on a dinosaur and then we’re looking at variations on skin colour, that never feels like work. That’s when I feel like a kid.”
“What is my favourite dinosaur? We have a new one that’s pretty cool. I’m not going to tell you anything about it, but… it’s pretty bad ass. I think Jack Horner said something about that too” – and indeed he did, as previously discussed here at the site.
“I feel like, obviously, everyone’s favourite is the T-Rex and there’s just something so iconic about that animal.”
Trevorrow suggested that fans don’t go looking for spoilers. He wants to cherish this time when no-one knows “what the hell we’re doing.”
One apparently key rumour-busting quote goes like this:“I saw some of the rumours on the internet and I would have all kinds of red flags going off if I heard they were going to muzzle a T-Rex. So I would say don’t believe everything you read, there are way more insiders on the internet than there are in real life.”
It’s been a while since we heard anything about a Flight of the Navigator remake, although I can’t even think what the last news we heard about such a remake was, or even when that was, but hey, like the old saying goes, no new is good news. Right?
Maybe not, but now there is news. It’s being reported today that Disney has hired Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, the screenwriters behind the Sundance darling Safety Not Guaranteed, to pen a script. They’ll be taking over from Brad Copeland, who was hired to write the script way back in 2009. David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman (The Muppets, The Fighter) are producing the project.
The original Flight was directed by Grease filmmaker Randal Kleiser, and it starred Joey Cramer as a boy who disappears in 1978 and is found 8 years later in a crashed flying saucer having not aged a day in those 8 years. The boy and the alien ship, which is a sentient entity named Max (voiced by an uncredited Paul Reubens), then go on the run from nefarious government forces, as they try and find a way to get Max back to his own time. I remember seeing the movie as a kid and being slightly freaked out by the notion of disappearing for 8 years, not aging, and returning home to find that everything’s different. Obviously, as a kid, I didn’t handle change very well.
As for Trevorrow and Connolly, they are very hot right now. Safety Not Guaranteed was a favorite coming out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The critically-acclaimed sci-fi/romance/comedy was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize, and the writing duo themselves were just nominated for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay at the Independent Spirit Awards.
Colin Trevorrow is the director of the low-budget sci-fi comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, as well as a few other under the radar projects like the documentary Reality Show, and the TV Movie Gary: Under Crisis. Needless to say that he’s made no one’s Top 10 list of Who’s Who in terms of directors for Star Wars Episode VII currently in development at Disney. So how has his name floated to the top now?
I draw your attention to Geek Tyrant, whose attention was drawn to an article on Film School Rejects, where Trevorrow talked about his upcoming projects and was rather, ahem, cryptic about it.
I can’t speak with any specificity as to what the next thing will be. There are amazing opportunities that have arisen as a result of this. One of them, I will say, will probably create a good deal of ire against me on the Internet when people find out what it is. So, I just want to say in advance that I promise you, for all those who love the mythology that I will be tackling, trust that I love it as much as you do. And I will respect it, and hopefully make it not suck.
This was back a few months ago when negotiations concerning Lucasfilm’s acquisition by Disney and the development of Episode VII quietly got under way. Of course, this was followed up by a more recent interview in Moviezine,where Trevorrow addressed the S.W. words directly.
It is not something that I can comment too much on. But I can definitely say, I am as much of a fan of Star Wars as everyone else for whom Star Wars was the most important thing in their life, when they were a kid. I’m deeply aware of how profoundly important it is, to billions of people. It really is a mythology and possibly even a belief system for a lot of people. I certainly can’t comment on what my involvement may ever be, I can definitely say that I would absolutely love to direct a “Star Wars” film at some point in my life. That would be incredible, I’m not daunted by it. Even if I understand that any thinking director who cares about it as I do, as much as a lot of directors do, would be afraid of screwing it up. But I also think that it’s a risk that a lot of directors would be willing to take, because they care about it so much.
As of last night though, Trevorrow seemed to be walking back some of these comments, both implied and direct, by denying that, at present, he has anying to do with directing Star Wars.”To clarify, there is another film we all love that I’m currently trying not to mess up. Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1,” he tweeted. When asked point blank if he was taking himself out of the running, he replied. “That is what I am saying.”
So is it possible that Trevorrow might be the director of choice for such a high-profile project like Star Wars Episode VII? Wouldn’t it make more sense to get someone like a Bird, Abrams or Nolan behind the camera? (Even though, yes, those guys have already taken their names out of the running.) On the other hand, Welsh director Richard Marquand had only a few feature credits and a lot of TV work to his name when he was tapped to make Return of the Jedi. Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner was more experienced, but when he got the gig he had no experience in either sci-fi or big-budget filmmaking. Still, George Lucas remained an eminent creative force on the Star Wars films at the time, and if his previous comments are to be believed, Lucas is looking more towards retirement than being active on a film set these days.
Obviously, we’ll have more news as it developments.