‘Jurassic World’ Director to Helm ‘Star Wars 9;’ Dinosaur Film Continues to Soar in Global Box Office

One might be curious to know what “Jurassic World” and “Star Wars Episode IX” have in common. It’s official, it will be the man who is sitting on the director’s chair. International Business Times reports that the man behind the highest grossing film of this year will also be at the helm of the final movie in the latest “Stars Wars” trilogy.

The final film of the planned trilogy will not come out until 2019, but Colin Trevorrow has been confirmed to be in charge of the third movie. According to The Guardian, Trevorrow’s involvement in the film was officially announced during the D23 Expo event held in Anaheim, California on August 14 to 16.

Aside from directing, Trevorrow is also a screenwriter and a producer. Before working on the box-office success “Jurassic World,” he has already directed the indie film “Safety Not Guaranteed” which was released in 2012. The comedy-drama was well-received by critics.

Gushing about his new directorial work in “Stars Wars,” the 38-year-old director says that he doesn’t see directing “Star Wars 9” as a task or assignment, but he views it as a seat at a campfire, surrounded by an extraordinary group of storytellers, filmmakers, and artists. The “Jurassic World” director promised that what George Lucas instilled in the franchise like boundless creativity, pure invention, and hope, will be channeled in the film for the younger generation to enjoy and create a mythology of their own.

J.J. Abrams is directing “Star Wars 7” while Rian Johnson have been announced as director for “Star Wars 8” and they were both welcomed by fans of the “Stars Wars” franchise. However, Trevorrow’s welcome was not as warm as the other two. In fact, it looked like the director was not welcomed by fans at all to work on Episode IX. There was even an online backlash after the announcement of his involvement by a lot of fans on social networking sites. A lot of film critics have been doubting Trevorrow’s abilities to be at the helm of one of the biggest sci-fi series of all time, with some even saying that he was the wrong choice.

In the Instagram post where it was announced that Trevorrow will indeed direct the ninth “Star Wars” film, it became the place where fans shared their concerns. Apparently, fans are worried that the third installment to the new “Star Wars” trilogy will be another CGI-heavy movie just like that of “Jurassic World.” However, Lucasfilm and Disney do not look like they’re worried about the backlash with Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm herself saying that they are so happy that “Star Wars 9” will witness Trevorrow’s incredible talent.

Reports claim that despite Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World” continuously dominating the global box office this year, many believe that the film’s success has a lot to do with the franchise itself and the nostalgia that comes with it. After all, the last “Jurassic Park” movie, “Jurassic Park 3” was released way back in 2001. The fourth installment to the dinosaur film series has been criticized by experts and avid fans of the first three movies, saying that it lacked in quality and story, and was deemed ‘so-so’. Critics believe that the anticipation for the film, which stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, was purely brought about by 14 long years after the last “Jurassic Park” film was shown.

However, it doesn’t seem that way according to the numbers. Based on reports, “Jurassic World” already edged Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on the top spot of this year’s highest grossing film and is now the third highest-grossing movie of all time after 2009’s “Avatar” which achieved $2.79 billion and 1997’s “Titanic” which recorded a whopping $2.19 billion box-office haul, both of which are works of James Cameron.

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The latest addition to the “Jurassic Park” film series was released in June and has generated more than $1.6 billion in box office revenues. A sequel is scheduled to hit theaters in June 2018 with lead characters Pratt and Howard returning as well as Trevorrow making a return to pen and direct the next dinosaur action film. Also, the home video release of “Jurassic World” is expected to come sometime this October.

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