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Jurassic Park 4: Newcomer To Direct Film
Little-known film-maker Colin Trevorrow is to direct the long-awaited fourth instalment of the dinosaur movie franchise Jurassic Park.
The director of the first two movies, Steven Spielberg, will be executive producer of the 3D film which is due for release in June 2014, Universal Pictures said.
Trevorrow made his feature film directorial debut with the independent time travel comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, shown at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and has made a TV movie and documentaries.
Empire Magazine describe the latest move as a "leap" between "budget and audience expectations" saying: "Now Spielberg has decided to anoint Trevorrow as the man for the job, which could turn out to be a gamble.
"Still, given that we rather enjoyed Safety, it's one we're intrigued to see play out."
The first three films in the Jurassic Park series, which launched in 1993, have taken $1.9bn (£1.25bn) at the box office, all but $368m (£243m) of it from the first two films.
San Francisco-born Trevorrow, 36, is not a big name in Hollywood.
He was linked to the search for a director for the next Star Wars film. He denied any involvement in that, but hinted on Twitter that there was "another film we all love" that he was "currently trying not to mess up".
He has so far remained silent about his new job, although his Twitter feed describes him as the director of Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic Park 4.
Frank Marshall, one of the producers, said on Twitter: "Thrilled to have director on JP4, Colin Trevorrow, an exciting young film-maker who understands and respects the world that is Jurassic Park."
The series, based on a book by Michael Crichton, starts from the premise that advancements in scientific technology have been able to create an island full of living dinosaurs but it all goes horribly wrong and sees the creatures run amok.
Spielberg announced in 2011 that a fourth film was in development, and speculation was rife about whether he would direct it.
Jurassic Park III, directed by Joe Johnston, was released 12 years ago, with a worldwide box-office take well below that of the first two films.
The original Jurassic Park, which starred Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Richard Attenborough, will return to US cinemas in April in a 3D conversion.
Universal has given no details of casting or the plot for Jurassic Park 4 but it has previously said the script will be by husband and wife Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver who wrote 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.