Colin Trevorrow

Universal Pictures

What would Jurassic Park be without that iconic poster design? It seems so simple: take a circle, slap a rectangle over the top and let a dinosaur skeleton chill in the open space that remains. But somehow, circle + rectangle + dino skeleton = instant iconicism. There’s power in that odd, street sign-shaped design — so much so that every subsequent Jurassic Park film has been content to slap the logo on a solid color background and call it a day as far as poster marketing goes. (Sure, the original had all of these incredible John Alvin poster designs, but there’s a reason they went unused- in the end, the minimalist tease is so much more effective). And while we’ve seen a hint of what Jurassic World‘s dinocircle would look like — back when the film was first announced, it came with a cold metal update on the original icon — that wasn’t nearly its final form. Was it too simplistic? Too close to this near-identical design from a 2003 Jurassic Park-building sim game? Who knows? This new teaser poster for Jurassic World, however, just might be the finished product. Revealed to the world by director Colin Trevorrow on Twitter, it’s everything one would expect from a Jurassic poster — classic shape on a sparse background, with a logo to boot: “The Park is Open.” Hopefully future posters will be just as plainly informative about the park-to-be: “Tickets On Sale Now.” “Visit The Snack Bar For Some Jurassic Fries.” “Hey, Is That […]

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Jurassic World

If you were concerned that Jurassic World (the fictional place, not Jurassic World, the real movie) wouldn’t be kitted out with the very best amenities that the theme park world has to offer, rest your pretty little heads. This place is going to be sweet, even if it’s packed with murderous dinosaurs and apparently bored teens. A leaked brochure that purports to be a fun prop from Colin Trevorrow‘s currently in-production addition to the Jurassic Park mythos has just hit the web, and it boasts all kinds of special attractions for Jurassic World visitors, from an official soda (Jurassic World is a Coca-Cola joint, okay? there are no Pepsi products to be found here) to various “park highlights” that allow guests to enjoy the dino-goodies that have been (quite literally) cooked up for them. The brochure — which we certainly hope is real — popped up on Reddit (via MTV and Cinema Blend), and while it appears to be missing one major aspect (that would be a map), it sure looks like the real deal. Otherwise, it’s just a very strange piece of marketing for FedEx. Or American Airlines. Or Samsung, Coke and Starbucks. Take a look at the brochure below:

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Jurassic Park Mr DNA

It’s not every day that a baseless, completely insane internet rumor is proven to be in fact 100% based and sane. But yesterday was one such day. You see, a week and a half ago, JoBlo.com unleashed a torrent of supposed Jurassic World rumors on the world, and they were met with an array of eye-rolls, tut-tuts and other typical responses that convey the words “Yeah, no way pal.” But Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm had the stones to straight-up ask the movie’s director, Colin Trevorrow, if the rumors are true. Surprise! They totally are. Now for a brief disclaimer. Trevorrow mentions in all this that he’d prefer if “audiences could discover this on their own,” so those looking to have absolutely nothing spoiled about Jurassic World should turn away immediately. However, Trevorrow was also willing to spill the beans when asked, so it can’t be too big of a deal. If he wasn’t willing to go the J.J. Abrams “Yes, we all know it’s Kahn but I will continue to play coy for no reason” route, we’re probably in the clear here. So if you’re interested, let your eyes venture below.

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Jurassic World Concept Art

Is this the new visitor’s center on Isla Nubar for Jurassic World? Potentially. These images have been floating around over the weekend, but their origin is unclear. Almost every site showing them off as genuine concept art attribute them to Nathan Schroeder, and a few even link to his site, but none of them link directly a page with the art. Plus, after clicking through his entire gallery, the images are nowhere to be found. Some posts claim the original page was taken down, but the best anyone can do is the old “I’ve got it on good authority” line. I have a call out to Schroeder for confirmation, but for now let’s all take the images with a grain of salt. Not a trike-sized load or anything, but salt nonetheless. The reason I’m posting them up is because 1) they look more than a bit like Schroeder’s regular work (on Star Trek Into Darkness, Captain America and others) and 2) if real, they represent an excellent direction for the production design.

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Nick Robinson

Like a herd of startled brachiosaurus, casting announcements for Jurassic World continue to stampede in, and the latest actor to hitch a ride to this dinosaur train is Nick Robinson. The star of this year’s The Kings of Summer and the ABC Family sitcom Melissa and Joey, Robinson will be playing the older brother of yesterday’s addition, Ty Simpkins. This newest piece of news (which we’ve got thanks to Variety) seems to confirm that the central characters of Jurassic World might be one big happy dinosaur-bitten family. Throw Bryce Dallas Howard into the mix as a potential mom and the rumored Jake Johnson as a potential dad and things really start to take shape. Though we don’t know anything for certain about the plot of Jurassic World, the (I’m assuming) family dynamic seems to tie in with the biggest story rumor so far – that the film will see a Jurassic World that’s up and running and very successful, and it’s during a run-of-the-mill day at the park that the dinosaurs decide to start snacking on tourists. We’ve still got a ways to go before Jurassic World hits theaters (the film is set for a June 12, 2015 release date), but at least we can be satisfied knowing that the film is coming together, being cast and will most definitely not be sinking back into the development hell from whence it came.

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The world needs more dinosaur movies. But in order to have more dinosaur movies, we need actors to be chased around and occasionally eaten by dinosaurs. So let us all give heartfelt thanks to Ty Simpkins, the young thespian who has graciously (according to Deadline) volunteered to put himself in dinosaur-shaped harm’s way in Jurassic World. Of course, the dinosaurs aren’t real. And it’s not particularly likely that a Jurassic World will end with its lead child actor mauled to pieces by prehistoric beasts. Also, starring in Jurassic World is likely to give Simpkins’ career a generous boost, so it’s not really so selfless a gesture to begin with. And for an actor who’s only twelve years old, Simpkins already has a terrifyingly great filmography going. Starting off with War of the Worlds and Revolutionary Road, audiences might know him better as either the kid from the Insidious movies or the kid who snarkily back-and-forthed with Tony Stark in Iron Man 3. The latter definitely ups my anticipation of Jurassic World – Simpkins had real chemistry with Robert Downey Jr., and one can assume he’ll have the same chemistry with the 40-foot reptiles trying to consume him for sustenance. Plus, this news seems to imply that Jurassic World will continue the trend of a vague family unit at the heart of a Jurassic Park film. For all we know, the not-confirmed-but-still-likely-to-star Bryce Dallas Howard might be a part of that same family unit.

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Jurassic Park 4

For some time, the very thought of another entry into the Jurassic Park franchise has seemed like a minor joke being played upon fans. At one point, there was a notion that it would be about weaponizing dinosaurs with lasers. Or something along those lines. In recent years the project has been everything from a few little tidbits from Steven Spielberg to the actual hiring of screenwriters in the middle of last year. But that was so June 2012, they can’t possibly still be working on Jurassic Park 4, can they? They are. And as of today the project has signed on a very interesting choice to direct.

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Flight of the Navigator

We recently found an interview with Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow where he proclaimed to be prepping a movie in a universe we all knew and loved while promising not to make it suck. Which was nice of him. Of course, snagging that in the middle of Episode 7 Fever 2k12 placed him squarely in the rumor bin for the new Star Wars, but he quicklydenied that possibility. Now, according to Variety, we know what he was talking about. Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly have been hired by Disney to rewrite a remake of Flight of the Navigator, and Trevorrow may eventually direct it. The original film came out in 1986 (and is one of my earliest movie memories). It told the story of a 12-year-old boy who disappears, and reappears 8 years later without having aged, and the UFO that crashed nearby definitely had something to do with it. It was a fun coming-of-age story that featured a sort of Mini Pee-Wee’s Playhouse of cool alien creatures (and the ship was voiced by Pee-Wee himself), but it’s the perfect kind of candidate for a remake. Even though it hit at the right time and a lot of kids fell in love with it, Navigator is now a bit dated, and the effects could certainly use a boost. Mr. Trevorrow, just don’t make it suck.

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Update: Apparently in response to our find, Trevorrow tweeted the following this evening: “To clarify, there is another film we all love that I’m currently trying not to mess up. Odds I will direct Episode VII: 3720 to 1.” Also, when asked if he’s officially stating that he’s out of the running to direct Star Wars, he tweeted, “That is what I am saying.“ While we wait for an official decision on who will be directing Star Wars Episode VII, the rumors continue flowing in as to who might be up for the gig. Earlier this month, Safety Not Guaranteed helmer Colin Trevorrow was named as someone who has actually had meetings at Lucasfilm and is definitely on the list of contenders. Well, now something else has come to our attention that could be an actual confirmation that the Hollywood newcomer is following his debut with a trip to the Star Wars galaxy. Reader Lenny Crist sent us a video from way back in June of Trevorrow talking to Spencer Fornaciari of The MacGuffin podcast in which he claims his next project will involve him tackling a mythology with a substantial fanbase, part of which will likely be angry with him for landing the gig. Check out the potentially revealing interview (specifically from 21:45 to 22:24) and a transcript of what he says after the break.

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Colin Trevorrow

The upside to all of these already-flowing Star Wars VII rumors (to wit – we’re getting a new Star Wars in 2015! it will be part of a new trilogy! Matthew Vaughn could direct! Harrison Ford could come back!) is that, with Disney aiming for a summer 2015 release date, we don’t have whole years of speculation to slog through. At best, we have a few months. And, in all reality, most of this chatter could prove moot – I’d personally be shocked if Disney isn’t just messing with all of us and has already picked, at the very least, a director for this hugely profile project. But, until then, let’s speculate! The latest piece of the Star Wars VII rumor pie comes care of Celebuzz, who are exclusively reporting that a source has informed them that Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow has “had early discussions with Lucasfilm about Episode VII.” The outlet continues that Safety “garnered him fans at Lucasfilm, one being George Lucas.” That is certainly…interesting. However, Celebuzz also reports that this Lucas/Trevorrow meet-and-greet took place months ago, though they also maintain that Trevorrow is “indeed on the list of potential names that could shepherd a new trilogy of films.”

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If the lo-fi charms of Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly‘s Safety Not Guaranteed are set to herald in a new boom of sweet, smart, funny, and original sci-fi romances, than we’re all lucky. And if Trevorrow and Connolly are going to continue in that wheelhouse forat leastone more feature, we’re doubly lucky. Deadline Uranus reports that the filmmaking team (who met all the way back when they were NYU students) have set up another project with Big Beach, the producers from Safety. For the currently-titled The Ambassador, the boys will pen the script together (for Safety, Connolly is the lone screenwriter credited) for Trevorrow to direct. The film sounds like a very lovely cousin to their previous indie smash, as it again brings together, as the duo explain, “a pair of emotionally dysfunctional people forced into a situation beyond their control.” Smacks of Safety, no? But Trevorrow and Connolly aren’t content to remain earthbound with The Ambassador – this time, they’re going to space.

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Editor’s note: With Safety Not Guaranteed beginning its limited release roll-out today, we thought to share our SXSW review again. This review was originally posted on March 14, 2012, and it’s much safer to read than anything you might find on Craigs List. The want ad is simple. A partner is needed to travel backward in time. It will be dangerous, it will be an adventure, and their safety will not be guaranteed. A magazine writer convinces his editor that there’s a goofy human interest story in the ad and gathers together two interns for a trip north to Seattle in the hopes of meeting the ad’s owner. What they discover is that not all time travel involves machines, portals or HG Wells chasing Jack the Ripper through modern day San Francisco. Sometimes all it needs are heads and hearts refusing to let go of the past. Director Colin Trevorrow‘s feature debut is just as likely to make you laugh out loud as it is to make you tear up in hopeful anticipation. The concept of time travel is the catalyst for a story that examines the idea of returning to an earlier time in our lives when things were better and our futures were still bright. Or at least, that’s how we remember things.

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Here’s how it is (and how I suspect it’s going to be) – we love Colin Treverrow‘s Safety Not Guaranteed ’round these parts, and we think you might love it, too. The film debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and while I was not as effusive in my praise for it as Rob Hunter was when it played at SXSW last month, I have not been able to stop thinking about it, and do agree with Rob’s assessment that it’s warm, witty, and wonderful. Hell, we even threw this time travel love story into our Best Movies of SXSW 2012 list, and Hunter and I gabbed about it on Reject Radio. See? Love. Based on a true story (read: based on a want ad placed in a paper), the film follows Jake Johnson‘s cocky journalist who drags two interns (Aubrey Plaza and Karan Soni) into the search for a man who has placed an ad looking for someone to travel through time with him. Again. Because he’s done it before – though he can’t guarantee, you know, safety. What they find is Mark Duplass, a man who already more than a little off, with his time travel beliefs not doing him too many favors. But more than just the discovery of Duplass’s Kenneth, the group discovers, wait for it, much more about themselves. No, really. At the heart of that is an unexpected and consistently charming romance between Plaza and Duplass that should melt even the darkest of hearts. […]

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A man places an ad in a local paper looking for a partner to go on a journey with him – but this particular man is not looking to make a love connection, he is in need of a companion to travel through time with him. He’s done it once before, but you’ll have to bring to your own weapons because, as he tells it, “safety not guaranteed.” From this seed of an idea, director Colin Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly have crafted Safety Not Guaranteed, a low-fi romance that benefits both from charismatic performances and the intriguing background that the time travel element provides. The film is loosely based on a true story – an ad did appear in a Seattle paper, exactly as it appears in the film, but Connolly and Trevorrow have taken their film in a different direction – stuff mentioned in the ad (payment, that it’s been done before) never comes up after its first read, and no one ever says anything else about it. Instead, the film focuses on a trio of intrepid reporters (really just one mild douchebags and two interns who don’t have a choice in the matter) who decide to craft a piece about the man who has placed the ad. A fluff piece, something silly. Of course, they find much more than they bargained for once their investigation commence.

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