Welcome to Jurassic Park, Colin Trevorrow. The indie director behind "Safety Not Guaranteed" has been hired to direct "Jurassic Park 4" according to Deadline.com. Trevorrow takes over the franchise for Joe Johnston, who directed "Jurassic Park III" in 2001; Steven Spielberg, a producer on "Jurassic Park 4," directed the first two installments in the blockbuster franchise.
Trevorrow's hiring comes on the heels of mass speculation that Spielberg himself would return for "Jurassic Park 4." HitFix film writer Drew McWeeny offered up the idea that Spielberg was a potential spoiler for the job, noting that the identity of the "Jurassic Park 4" director was still secret despite the film being in pre-production.
Crew who are meeting on the film aren't being told who is directing, and it really does force us to question why there's such a veil of secrecy. If they were going to announce somebody new to the series, someone who has made some money for them on something else or someone up-and-coming, wouldn't they just announce it already? Let's say they're really happy with "Oblivion," and it's Joseph Kosinski they want, would it make sense to hold that news? Wouldn't you announce it before "Oblvion" opens as a way of driving people to see it?
Trevorrow has to hustle to get "Jurassic Park 4" ready: The film is already set for release on June 13, 2014. What this means for Trevorrow's other big, post-"Safety Not Guaranteed" project, a remake of "The Flight of the Navigator," is unclear.
For more on Trevorrow, including why he earned the job, head over to Deadline.com.