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Director Colin Trevorrow talks Jurassic Park IV: "This is not a paycheck gig for me"

08.15.2013by:

Perhaps one of the most anticipated films on the horizon that is seeped in trepidation is JURASSIC PARK IV. Fans have been clamoring to see a proper follow-up since the last one, JURASSIC PARK III, hit theaters in 2001. With a lot of back-and-forth and a wide range of concepts, producers finally settled on a creative team to lead the dino's back into theaters, appointing Colin Trevorrow (SAFETY NOT GUARANTEED) as the leader of the pack. Trevorrow has obviously been cryptic about the next installment, but has dropped subtle hints since his hiring. There have been many rumors and details circulating the web on the film (see our exclusive info here) and Trevorrow sat down with the Jurassic Park Podcast to talk (cryptically, of course) about the upcoming sequel.

Check out the highlights below:

Trevorrow was asked if he'd like to have John Williams back to score the film, to which he replied, “Do I love John Williams and all of his music? Of course.” insinuating that he couldn't comment on the matter.  Commenting on the pressure to make the film, Trevorrow said, “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.”

The director was quick to point out that he's definitely not in the franchise for the money, saying, “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.” He continued, saying, “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.”
 

In terms of what kinds of dinosaurs we'll be seeing in the sequel, Trevorrow said, “I feel like, obviously, everyone’s favourite is the T-Rex and there’s just something so iconic about that animal.” He also brought up the "new" dino that's been widely discussed since the announcement. “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”

Trevorrow talked spoilers on the internet, suggesting that fans shouldn't go looking for them and that he wants to cherish the time that no one knows “what the hell we’re doing.” He addressed the "muzzle" aspect of the rumors, although doesn't dispel them, saying,  “I saw some of the rumors 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.”

Lastly, Trevorrow said that both Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall were committed to making a great sequel, even if that means delaying the film until it's ready.

"Steven [Spielberg] has been very closely involved in this and he cares about the franchise very much and he does not want the movie to happen unless there's a script that deserves to be shot and I feel the exact same way and that's what we're doing here. And Frank [Marshall] feels the same way, so when you have three guys who feel like that sometimes you're going to end up with a movie that gets pushed a year. But, in the end, however it turns out, the one thing no one's going to be able to say is that we didn't give a shit or that we phoned it in 'cause that is not true."

I really like Trevorrow's overall attitude for JURASSIC PARK IV. I think that he's fully invested in making a film that captures the spirit of the 1993 original, which will launch into a fruitful franchise once again. Mostly, though, he seems committed to telling a great story and that's commendable. We'll have to wait and see how it all comes together, but I feel like we can rest easy for the time being.

JURASSIC PARK IV is expected sometime in 2015.

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11:00AM on 08/16/2013

BRING BACK IAN MALCOLM!!!!

This guy sounds like he knows his stuff. LOVE all of the Jurassic Park films equally(but as always the first one is still a classic). We need another JP movie after all these years, still waiting anxiously.
This guy sounds like he knows his stuff. LOVE all of the Jurassic Park films equally(but as always the first one is still a classic). We need another JP movie after all these years, still waiting anxiously.
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11:57PM on 08/15/2013

awesome!

I wish all directors had the same attitude as this guy. This interview makes me more comfortable about JP4
I wish all directors had the same attitude as this guy. This interview makes me more comfortable about JP4
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11:44PM on 08/15/2013

I don't get...

Why they have to be so hush hush about telling us things about the movie. Are the movie gods going to kill you ? Seriously just tell everybody about the movie. If you dont' want people to know then post spoilers easy as that.

I'm just happy this is moving along I can't wait for a solid JP film.
Why they have to be so hush hush about telling us things about the movie. Are the movie gods going to kill you ? Seriously just tell everybody about the movie. If you dont' want people to know then post spoilers easy as that.

I'm just happy this is moving along I can't wait for a solid JP film.
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10:46PM on 08/15/2013
Loving this guy's attitude, and my best line in the interview has to be “I feel like, obviously, everyone’s favourite is the T-Rex and there’s just something so iconic about that animal.” How cool would it be if the first scene we see with a T-Rex shows him digging into another dinosaur's carcass, and then as angles change there's a brief glimpse of a "fin" along the carcass' spine. That would be "Payback's a bitch!" awesome!
Loving this guy's attitude, and my best line in the interview has to be “I feel like, obviously, everyone’s favourite is the T-Rex and there’s just something so iconic about that animal.” How cool would it be if the first scene we see with a T-Rex shows him digging into another dinosaur's carcass, and then as angles change there's a brief glimpse of a "fin" along the carcass' spine. That would be "Payback's a bitch!" awesome!
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9:04PM on 08/15/2013
He does sound earnest about it and I really hope he pulls through, because Jurassic Park pretty much was my childhood (alongside Star Wars and Indiana Jones) and I do want to see a fourth film more than anything. It's been said that "the best way to ruin a good low budget director is to give him a big budget" (said in a review for Elysium) but I hope Colin Trevorrow proves that wrong. We're rooting for you!
He does sound earnest about it and I really hope he pulls through, because Jurassic Park pretty much was my childhood (alongside Star Wars and Indiana Jones) and I do want to see a fourth film more than anything. It's been said that "the best way to ruin a good low budget director is to give him a big budget" (said in a review for Elysium) but I hope Colin Trevorrow proves that wrong. We're rooting for you!
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7:37PM on 08/15/2013
The guy has a lot of heart for this project, and that makes me optimistic. But it will also depend on the script, and especially the cast. Part of what makes the movie so re-watchable is not just the great special effects, but great actors perfectly cast as interesting characters. Heck, even if there were no dinos in the first movie, just watching Grant, Malcolm, Ellie, Hammond, and the rest of the characters would be entertaining.
The guy has a lot of heart for this project, and that makes me optimistic. But it will also depend on the script, and especially the cast. Part of what makes the movie so re-watchable is not just the great special effects, but great actors perfectly cast as interesting characters. Heck, even if there were no dinos in the first movie, just watching Grant, Malcolm, Ellie, Hammond, and the rest of the characters would be entertaining.
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6:26PM on 08/15/2013
I actually enjoyed the JP sequels, so I am really looking forward to this. I think the fact that it has a number 4 attached to it may tarnish it's image in some people's minds, but that doesn't bother me. More JP is good news to me. That said, I do hope this is closer to the original and less like the sequels. Also, while the T-Rex is cool, I think the raptors are a bit more iconic.
I actually enjoyed the JP sequels, so I am really looking forward to this. I think the fact that it has a number 4 attached to it may tarnish it's image in some people's minds, but that doesn't bother me. More JP is good news to me. That said, I do hope this is closer to the original and less like the sequels. Also, while the T-Rex is cool, I think the raptors are a bit more iconic.
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5:58PM on 08/15/2013
They aren't being shackled by time constraints, he isn't just phoning it in (like the last two sequels) AND it's directed by the guy that directed SAFTEY NOT GUARANTEED! Sounds cool!
They aren't being shackled by time constraints, he isn't just phoning it in (like the last two sequels) AND it's directed by the guy that directed SAFTEY NOT GUARANTEED! Sounds cool!
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3:16PM on 08/15/2013
Just make sure you bring back Neill, Dern, and the one and only Jeff Goldblum. Then we'll be set.
Just make sure you bring back Neill, Dern, and the one and only Jeff Goldblum. Then we'll be set.
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4:18PM on 08/15/2013
That would be awesome. I have wanted a Malcolm/Grant reteaming for a long time.
That would be awesome. I have wanted a Malcolm/Grant reteaming for a long time.
5:15PM on 08/15/2013
I'm not sure if Sam Neill will be back, according to the actor. In fact, none of the main actors might be back, though it is possible to make a good film without them.
I'm not sure if Sam Neill will be back, according to the actor. In fact, none of the main actors might be back, though it is possible to make a good film without them.
7:23PM on 08/15/2013
I'd just be content with Dern personally.
I'd just be content with Dern personally.
7:59PM on 08/15/2013
You have to have the original trio back for this. How awesome would it be for them to be back on the island again.
You have to have the original trio back for this. How awesome would it be for them to be back on the island again.
3:08PM on 08/15/2013
Just the thought of this movie makes me tumescent. Hopefully we get a sort of dino revival we had in the late 90's with this, The Good Dinosaur, and possibly Dinobots in Transformers 4.
Just the thought of this movie makes me tumescent. Hopefully we get a sort of dino revival we had in the late 90's with this, The Good Dinosaur, and possibly Dinobots in Transformers 4.
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2:45PM on 08/15/2013
I'm looking forward to this, but can someone else feel free to bring dinos to the big screen?

How bout Turok: Son of Stone? Hell, anything w/ dinos.
I'm looking forward to this, but can someone else feel free to bring dinos to the big screen?

How bout Turok: Son of Stone? Hell, anything w/ dinos.
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5:14PM on 08/15/2013
The Good Dinosaur, coming in 2014 from Pixar?

I guess that may not be what you meant.
The Good Dinosaur, coming in 2014 from Pixar?

I guess that may not be what you meant.
2:23PM on 08/15/2013
7 fast and furious movies in 12 years, and only 3 JP in 20... Hollywood sucks! I don't want just JP4, I want a new trilogy!
7 fast and furious movies in 12 years, and only 3 JP in 20... Hollywood sucks! I don't want just JP4, I want a new trilogy!
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2:18PM on 08/15/2013
Oh man. why do we have to wait so LONG for JP4? I don't wanna wait until 2015.
I have a feeling it is going to be great. Just intuition.
Oh man. why do we have to wait so LONG for JP4? I don't wanna wait until 2015.
I have a feeling it is going to be great. Just intuition.
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