Earlier this morning, we told you it was being reported that for some reason Universal Pictures was keeping the director for Jurassic Park 4 under wraps. Exactly why remained to be determined, but with pre-production already in progress, it seems as if Universal had been trying to keep excited fans of the franchise anticipating until the 3D re-release in the coming weeks.
Well, perhaps that report just irked the wrong people as now the "secret" has been revealed. And no, it's not Spielberg. Or Johnston. Or even Kosinski. Instead, it's a man who brought to life one of the more acclaimed indie comedies to life last year with a sci-fi twist.
Universal Pictures has announced Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) will direct the upcoming Jurassic Park 4. This will mark Trevorrow's first major studio film after his directorial debut in the aforementioned feature.
Still signed on as executive producer, original director Steven Spielberg will assist alongside producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley. This will be the first Jurassic Park not to be produced by Kathleen Kennedy, who is now the head of Lucasfilm and a key piece of Disney's Star Wars franchise future.
Marshall said in a brief statement, "Thrilled to have a director on Jurassic Park 4. Colin Trevorrow is an exciting young filmmaker who understands and respects the world that is Jurassic Park."
In addition to Marshall's statement, Deadline reports that Trevorrow met with Universal and showcased how big of a fan he was towards the material. They say the studio "felt he would preserve and protect the characters in the story they created" while being "part of a new generation of directors steeped in all things dinosaur."
Plot details on the sequel are currently unknown, but come from a script penned by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa (Rise of the Planet of the Apes).
Jurassic Park 4 is scheduled to hit theaters on June 13th, 2014.
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