Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly Find “Intelligent Life” After “Jurassic World”

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Well we’re only a few months away from catching the latest Dino-disaster movie Jurassic World, so I hope you’re suitably psyched for that. Along with Star Wars The Force Awakens finally landing at Christmas time, this is going to be a good year for reinventing classic franchises. But the question remains, what are Jurassic World remakers Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly going to work in afterwards? Well you can take that question, stick it in the toaster and butter it with some delicious full fat answers. I haven’t had breakfast yet.

Empire News reports that the writing team are looking to reshape an earlier idea of theirs over at Dreamworks once Jurassic World is finished up. The story was originally intended to be a followup to Safety Not Guaranteed, the film Trevorrow and Connolly made right before they were brought on to fix and make Jurassic World. If you haven’t seen Safety, it’s a very funny and soulful time travel film starring Aubrey Plaza as a journalism intern investigating a man played by Mark Duplass who puts an ad in a newspaper for a time travelling companion. It was a big part of what got them the dinosaur gig so I would definitely recommend checking it out.

This new/old idea will revolve around a UN employee who works for a department looking to make contact with extra terrestrial life, who then falls in love with a woman who turns out to be one of these aliens. Originally this was planned as a thematic sequel to Safety called The Ambassador, but now it’s reported the project will be called Intelligent life.

Trevorrow and Connolly proved with Safety Not Guaranteed that they can take a strong independent approach to a Sci-fi concept without leaning too heavily on the Sci-fi. It’s rare to see film-makers go back to projects that they were passionate about but didn’t have time to make, so it’ll be intriguing to see what they would have potentially been working on if Jurassic World had never been offered to them. There is no confirmation of how much the script or the plot have changed in the interim, but hopefully any alterations will be a product of good hindsight. No cast confirmed either, but you’ll know when we know. Until then, check out Safety Not Guaranteed. If you’ve already watched it, there are lots of books. Seriously there are like millions of books.

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