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‘Jurassic Park 4′ to be directed by indie newcomer with one film under his belt

Mar 18, 2013

Two years ago Steven Spielberg announced plans for “Jurassic Park 4” to release in 2014, thirteen years after the last installment. Today we learn that the director who will helm this behemoth is Colin Trevorrow, a relatively unknown 36 year-old with just one indie film under his belt.

Trevorrow previously directed “Safety Not Guaranteed,” produced by indie’s new godfathers the Duplass brothers and starring Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson. Prior to directing “Safety Not Guaranteed” Trevorrow had made one documentary and a made-for-TV movie.

To put the scale of this in some context: “Safety Not Guaranteed’s” budget was $750,000 and it made $4M at box office. Budgets for the last three “Jurassic Park” movies were $63M, $73M and $93M respectively, and their collective box office haul was about $2 billion. And “Jurassic Park 4″ is 3D, of course, so the extra production costs involved there are guaranteed to push it way over the $100 million mark.

The first two “Jurassic Park” movies were directed by Spielberg himself and third was by Joe Johnston, who directed “Honey I Shrunk The Kids” and “The Rocketeer,” among others. “Jurassic Park 4″ is a behemoth, gigantic project for a one-time indie director.

Which is both kind of awesome and kind of sad. With film studios making fewer movies each year and placing bigger bets on each of them, this seems like an inevitable path for many hungry, talented upstarts. Duplass brothers-style productions are far rarer today than they were 10 or 15 years ago. So the option to spend a career making artsy, nuanced films seems slimmer than ever. Which is a bummer for movie lovers, who get less options and less diversity in new movies over time.

Still, it’s awesome for Trevorrow, who at 36 years old will have a “Jurassic Park” movie under his belt. Let’s just hope the Duplass brothers of the world never vanish entirely.

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