‘Jurassic Park IV’ director: ‘We want to honour what came before us’

Colin Trevorrow discusses plans for dinosaur flick...

Colin Trevorrow, the director of Jurassic Park IV, has spoken about his tentative plans for the next installment in the dinosaur franchise.

The blockbuster sequel is a big step up for Trevorrow, whose only previous feature film is Safety Not Guaranteed, an indie comedy-drama made for just $750,000 (£500,000) that came out last December (2012). According to Schmoes Know, he evaded questions about whether the film will reboot the series but said: “We don’t want to create a new scoop here, but we definitely want to honour what came before us.”

“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,” he added.

Meanwhile, talking about Steven Spielberg – who directed the first Jurassic Park and will serve as executive producer on the new flick – he said: “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.”

In May, it was reported that Universal Studios have put the brakes on production on i>Jurassic Park IV after it became clear that the filmmakers were not ready to begin shooting the film on June 24, which means they have had to delay the film from its planned June 13, 2014 release.

The Jurassic Park films, based on a 1993 novel by Michael Crichton, have grossed a collective $1.9 billion (£1.2 billion) worldwide. Steven Spielberg directed 1993’s Jurassic Park and its 1997 sequel The Lost World, but passed the baton to Joe Johnston for Jurassic Park III in 2001. Spielberg will serve as executive producer on the new Jurassic Park movie, which has a script by Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver.