Whether you love him or hate him, Colin Trevorrow is the most recent rags-to-riches story in Hollywood.
His directorial debut, a little sci-fi(ish) film that obliterated Sundance back in 2012 called “Safety Not Guaranteed,” put him on the radar of several industry higher-ups. Since then, his career has reached cosmic heights
Steven Spielberg was notably impressed by “Safety Not Guaranteed” and tapped Trevorrow to direct “Jurassic World” in 2013. After that film earned $1.6 billion at the global box office, Trevorrow was enlisted to co-write that film’s sequel as well as direct the ninth episode of Star Wars, the final film in the current Disney-produced sequel trilogy.
Trevorrow also is prepping another movie that starts production this month, “Book of Henry,” which will ostensibly see distribution in 2016.
In other words, Colin Trevorrow is a busy guy.
Despite megalithic success, Trevorrow always has been very candid about his process and journey as ad director. In a recent interview with the “Jurassic Cast Podcast,” Trevorrow reflected on “Jurassic World,” the direction of the new Jurassic trilogy, and the ninth Star Wars film.
“Jurassic World,” he said, is all based on a quote from Ian Malcolm, the character played by Jeff Goldblum in the original movie: “You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox. And now you wanna sell it.”
When first enlisted to direct “Jurassic World,” Trevorrow was inquisitive as to why a fourth film needed to be produced, at least from a story perspective. Was it just another purposeless sequel? Yet another cash grab? He was determined to find some greater meaning to the project.
He found the solution in making “Jurassic World” self-aware — a sequel that documents corporate excess and greed, exploiting a familiar product that’s revamped in scope for a modern, greedy audience. A paradoxical endeavor in and of itself.
Trevorrow previously revealed that the film’s antagonist, the genetically modified Indominus Rex, was “symbolic of consumer and corporate excess, and was intended to “embody humanity’s worst tendencies.”
“That, to me, is ‘Jurassic World,'” he said. “That’s why I had all the product placement.”
Moving forward, however, Trevorrow wants to expand the thematic breadth and scope of the Jurassic universe, specifically avoiding another movie where “dinosaurs chase people around on an island.”
“It will get to be a different kind of film,” he said. “The audience has given us permission, to a certain extent, to take this to the next level.”
A mistake that could be made in a Jurassic sequel is depending on more dinosaurs, or bigger and better dinosaurs.
“It’s about using (‘Jurassic World’) as a starting point for a much larger story about our relationship with these animals,” Trevorrow said.
Keeping with the traditions of J.J. Abrams, Trevarrow is staying close to the chest when it comes to Star Wars. But he did speak out publicly for the first time about his new gig outside of a Disney press release.
“Every kind of story we can think of can be told in the Star Wars universe, because it is endless and boundless,” he said.
So essentially, everything is a possibility. While his offerings were somewhat cryptic, Trevorrow’s enthusiasm for the Star Wars universe appears to burn brightly. Back in August, when he was first announced as the director, Trevorrow said it was “not a job or an assignment. It is a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, artists and craftspeople.”
Trevorrow went on to explain how he hoped to channel “boundless creativity, pure invention and hope,” something George Lucas had instilled in all who watch Star Wars.
“Jurassic World 2” is planned for June 22, 2018, while Trevorrow’s edition of Star Wars hits theaters in 2019.