If there is a Jurassic World sequel, it will need a new director

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Jun 1, 2015

The indie filmmaker who is bringing us back to Jurassic World is getting off the island himself.

With the first Jurassic Park movie in 14 years about to hit theaters in less than two weeks, the picture just had its world premiere in Paris, where director Colin Trevorrow was asked by about whether he'd come back for another go-round with the dinosaurs. His answer was clear:

Jurassic Park is like Star Wars. Different directors can give a different taste to each movie. I would be involved in some way, but not as director.”

No one knows yet if there will be a fifth movie in the series, but if Jurassic World does as well as it's expected to (it's apparently on track for an opening weekend somewhere around $110 million), you can be assured that Jurassic Universe or whatever it's called will get the green light. But it won't have Trevorrow at the helm.

There are several possible reasons for this. It could be that Trevorrow, after making his first studio blockbuster (his directorial debut was the tiny indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed), might not want to return to that kind of large-scale filmmaking right away and prefer to do something smaller again. Or he may not be interested in revisiting this particular story again, having said all he wants to say about the commercial exploitation of cloned dinos. 

There's also the chance that the experience of making Jurassic World, with the pressure of Universal Pictures and executive producer Steven Spielberg looking over his shoulder or perhaps even meddling, is not one he wishes to repeat. We're not saying that is what happened, and we also don't know yet if Trevorrow even made a good film.

Finally, it could also be that Disney and Lucasfilm are still looking to fill the director's chair recently vacated by Josh Trank for that Star Wars spinoff movie, and Trevorrow might have gotten a call about that. But would he want to move from one huge franchise to an even bigger one? 

Jurassic World is out on June 12. If Trevorrow is out, who could direct the next sequel, should it come to pass?

(via Coming Soon

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