It’s time for the Jurassic World trilogy to ditch Colin Trevorrow as director. Trevorrow’s vision is the guiding light behind the Jurassic World franchise, and it’s true that this vision has been a box office success. 2015’s Jurassic World grossed over $1.6 billion in the global box office. The sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, has netted a domestic opening weekend of $150 million, with a staggered global release meaning the film has already grossed more than $700 million worldwide.
Given those figures, it seems strange to be talking of a change in direction. That’s presumably one reason it’s already confirmed Trevorrow will be returning as director of Jurassic World 3. But the truth is that there are troubling signs. That $150 million opening weekend is considerably less than Jurassic World, which grossed $208.8 million in its opening weekend. Meanwhile, critical reaction to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hasn’t exactly been positive, and criticism has been falling heavily upon the film’s many plot holes and inconsistencies. Trevorrow may not have been director of Fallen Kingdom, but he was co-scriptwriter, and that film is his baby.
So is it actually time for the Jurassic World franchise to part ways with Colin Trevorrow? Here’s why we think it is.
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Colin Trevorrow Wasn’t the Best Pick for Jurassic World
In recent years, (no doubt inspired by the success of Christopher Nolan), big studios have looked to fresh, up-and-coming talent to handle big franchises, hoping for them to inject new life. Universal chose Colin Trevorrow to helm Jurassic World, whose only previous experience was 2012’s Safety Not Guaranteed, which had a budget of just $750,000. Hired three-and-a-half months before production, Trevorrow insisted on rewriting the script and by all accounts took a major creative rein of the film.
Now, there’s no denying that Jurassic World had some inventive ideas, but as time has passed, audiences – who may have initially simply wowed by the special effects – have become more critical. The film’s plot has holes large enough for a Mosasaurus to swim through, and character-work is paper-thin. There are numerous callbacks to the original Jurassic World, a deliberate attempt to capitalize on nostalgia, yet the movie never quite hits the high bar its set itself. The film was essentially critic-proof (and got fair reviews regardless), but as time’s gone by it’s clearly just another Jurassic sequel. And given Trevorrow’s creative hold on the project, much of that must fall to him.
Trevorrow’s next project, The Book of Henry showed further storytelling and tonal problems, with a story of abuse framed with indie quirk sending many critics into a rage. Worse still, the problems with The Book of Henry stemmed from the script – and script problems were at the heart of the critical response to the first Jurassic World film, too. Trevorrow was later fired from Star Wars: Episode IX, with recent reports suggesting he was a difficult man to work with. This creates a picture of a film with massive success, but only from the branding.