It has been 12 years since the last “Jurassic Park” was released in theaters and now fans of the beloved film franchise can rest easy knowing the fourth installment is officially in pre-production.
Reuters reported on Friday that “Jurassic Park 4,” which will be released in 3-D, will be directed by relatively unknown Hollywood director Colin Trevorrow.
The 36-year-old’s current claim to fame is his directorial role in the romantic-comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed,” which won the Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt Screening Award in 2012.
The director of the first two installments of the series, Steven Spielberg, will be taking on only an executive producer role in the film this time around.
While details of the plot or potential casting information not yet announced, Universal is planning for a June 13, 2014 release date.
One of the film’s producers, Frank Marshall, Tweeted to fans on Thursday that he approves of Trevorrow as director.
“Thrilled to have director on JP4, Colin Trevorrow, an exciting young filmmaker who understand and respects the world that is Jurassic Park,” said Marshall, who earlier last month took to Twitter to deny claims that the film is working with a $200 million budget.
“No truth to those rumors,” Marshall said.
“Jurassic Park” actress, Laura Dern, told IFC at the Spirit Awards in February that the film has been a long time in the making.
“I know a little and it’s been ever-changing. It’s been evolving for many years as Steven [Spielberg] has been considering it so that’s all I can say right now,” Dern said.
The original “Jurassic Park” film will be making a reappearance in theaters for a limited engagement starting on April 5. The film has been remastered in 3-D and in IMAX 3-D.