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Colin Trevorrow
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Trevorrow at the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015
Colin T. Trevorrow

(1976-09-13) September 13, 1976 (age 42)
San Francisco, California, United States
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter
Years active2002–present

Colin T. Trevorrow[1] (US: /trəˈvɑːr/;[2] born September 13, 1976) is an American film director and screenwriter. He directed the indie film Safety Not Guaranteed (2012) and the blockbuster film Jurassic World (2015), and also co-wrote the script to Jurassic World and its 2018 sequel.

Early life[edit]

Trevorrow was born on September 13, 1976[1] in San Francisco, California.[3] He was raised in Oakland, California.[3][4][5][6] His father was a musician in a country rock band and his mother was a photographer who also operated a day-care center.[4] He is Jewish on his mother's side.[7]

As a boy, he sang in the chorus of the San Francisco Opera.[4] As a teenager, Trevorrow won awards from the Mill Valley Film Festival and the San Francisco Youth Film Festival.[8] Trevorrow graduated from Piedmont High School in Piedmont, California,[8][9] and later graduated from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in 1999.[10]


In 2002, he wrote and directed his first short film, Home Base; as of 2012, it had received over 20 million hits online.[11] Trevorrow's first theatrical release was with Reality Show, a 2004 documentary film about the failed production of a reality television show.[12] Trevorrow sold his first spec script titled Tester to DreamWorks in 2006.[citation needed] In 2008, he paired up with Derek Connolly, ten years after they had first met as NYU students while working as interns on Saturday Night Live, to write a buddy cop film script called Cocked and Loaded. Trevorrow said that the experience was so enjoyable that he decided to give up solo screenwriting and work with Connolly.[13]

Trevorrow (left) and Christopher Nolan at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2012, Trevorrow directed Safety Not Guaranteed,[14] a film inspired by a classified advertisement which ran in a 1997 issue of Backwoods Home Magazine that read: "Wanted: Someone to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. Must bring your own weapons. I have only done this once before. Safety Not Guaranteed."[15] The script was by Connolly, who intended for Trevorrow to direct it.[15] The film received various accolades, including a nomination for Trevorrow for the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature.[11] The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, where it picked up the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award.[16] After the release of Safety Not Guaranteed, Trevorrow and Connolly were hired by the Walt Disney Company to write an as-yet unmade remake of the film Flight of the Navigator (1986).[17] Trevorrow co-wrote and directed Jurassic World (2015),[18][19] and also provided his voice for the film's character of Mr. DNA.[20][21] Connolly and Trevorrow also co-wrote the screenplay for its sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,[22] which was released in June 2018 and for which Trevorrow is an executive producer.[23]

After Jurassic World, Trevorrow next directed The Book of Henry, which was written by Gregg Hurwitz.[24] The film was released by Focus Features on June 16, 2017[25][26] to generally negative reviews, although Trevorrow stood by the film.[27]

In March 2015, it was announced that Trevorrow would be directing the sci-fi thriller film Intelligent Life, which was bought by DreamWorks.[28] Trevorrow wrote the screenplay with Connolly, while Trevorrow, Frank Marshall, Big Beach, and Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment were announced as producing the film.[28] While there has been other production news since, including Ava DuVernay being attached to direct,[29] as of May 2018 the film has not entered into production.

In August 2015, Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn announced that Trevorrow would direct Star Wars Episode IX (2019).[30] Trevorrow and Connolly subsequently began writing the script for the film;[31] however, in August 2017, writer Jack Thorne was brought in to rewrite the script due to dissatisfaction by Lucasfilm with their script.[32][33] By September 2017, Trevorrow left the project due to creative differences and was replaced as director by Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams who will co-write the script with Chris Terrio.[34]

On March 30, 2018 it was announced that Trevorrow would be returning to the Jurassic Park franchise to direct Jurassic World 3 (2021).[35]

Personal life[edit]

Trevorrow lives with his wife, Isabelle, and two children in England.[11][36]



Year Title Director Producer Writer Notes
2002 Home Base Yes Yes Yes Short film
2003 Making Revolution No No Yes Co-written with Daniel Klein and Brandon Krueger
2004 Reality Show Yes Yes Yes Documentary
Co-written with Daniel Klein
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed Yes Yes No Directorial debut
2015 Jurassic World Yes No Yes Also voiced Mr. DNA
Co-written with Derek Connolly, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
2016 Lego Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape No Executive No Mini-series
1 episode
2017 The Book of Henry Yes No No
2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom No Executive Yes Co-written with Derek Connolly
2019 Star Wars: Episode IX No No Yes Early draft
Co-written with Derek Connolly, J. J. Abrams and Chris Terrio
2021 Untitled third Jurassic World film Yes[37] Executive Yes Co-writing with Derek Connolly and Emily Carmichael[38]


  1. ^ a b "Colin T. Trevorrow, born 09/13/1976". California Birth Index. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  2. ^ Trevorrow, Colin (June 7, 2012). "Colin Trevorrow SIFF Interview - Safety Not Guaranteed - The MacGuffin" (Interview). Interviewed by Spencer Fornaciari. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Celebrity Jews". j. (newspaper). Retrieved 28 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b c Barnes, Brooks (June 3, 2015). "'Jurassic World' Puts Colin Trevorrow in the Driver's Seat". The New York Times. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  5. ^ Douglas, Edward (June 6, 2012). "Interview: Safety Not Guaranteed's Colin Trevorrow & Jake Johnson". Retrieved September 17, 2015.
  6. ^ Blair, Iain (June 1, 2015). "Director's Chair: Colin Trevorrow - 'Jurassic World'". Post magazine. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  7. ^ Bloom, Nate (June 10, 2015). "Jews in the News: Ahmed Zayat, Eric Balfour and Ashley Tisdale". Jewish Federation of Tampa.
  8. ^ a b "Teen Filmmakers" (PDF). Discovery Education. 1994. pp. 6, 11. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  9. ^ "Piedmont Arts Center Boasts Successful First Year". Piedmont Civic Association (PCA). January 20, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  10. ^ Sneider, Jeff (February 6, 2012). "Tisch School alum make Sundance impressions". Variety. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  11. ^ a b c "Colin Trevorrow". Independent Spirit Awards. Archived from the original on December 6, 2012. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  12. ^ Vizcarrondo, Sara Maria (June 12, 2012). "Little Time Machines Everywhere: Director Colin Trevorrow on 'Safety Not Guaranteed'". BoxOffice. Retrieved December 3, 2015.
  13. ^ Connelly, Brendon (December 20, 2012). "Safety Not Guaranteed's Colin Trevorrow On His Old Scripts That Might Yet Get Made". Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  14. ^ "Meet the 'Jurassic World' Dinosaurs! - Bloody Disgusting".
  15. ^ a b Jones, Alison (January 4, 2013). "Colin Trevorrow has a fresh take on time travelling". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  16. ^ "Vertigo high on Safety Not Guaranteed". Screen. Retrieved 2017-09-25.
  17. ^ Sneider, Jeff (November 27, 2012). "Disney taps 'Safety' duo for 'Navigator' rewrite". Variety. Retrieved January 25, 2013.
  18. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (March 14, 2013). "Colin Trevorrow To Helm 'Jurassic Park 4' For Universal And Steven Spielberg". Deadline. Retrieved September 5, 2017.
  19. ^ "Jurassic World! New Look at the Dinosaurs - Dread Central". 1 March 2015.
  20. ^ Anderton, Ethan (June 15, 2015). "'Jurassic World' Easter Eggs: Did You Catch These 'Jurassic Park' References? (page 2)". /Film. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  21. ^ Ryan, Mike (June 8, 2015). "'Jurassic World' Director Colin Trevorrow Explains Why He Won't Be Making Another 'Jurassic World'". Uproxx. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  22. ^ Cabin, Chris (July 21, 2016). "'Jurassic World 2' Hawaii Production Gets 2017 Start Date". Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  23. ^ Rebecca Ford (July 23, 2015). "'Jurassic World 2' Set for 2018". The Hollywood Reporter. (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  24. ^ Kit, Borys (March 30, 2015). "'Jurassic World' Director Colin Trevorrow Tackling 'Book of Henry'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 31, 2015.
  25. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (May 31, 2016). "Colin Trevorrow's The Book Of Henry to Hit Theaters in September". Deadline. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  26. ^ Gettell, Oliver (August 2, 2016). "Colin Trevorrow's drama Book of Henry delayed until 2017". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
  27. ^ Limbachia, Dixie (June 26, 2017). "Colin Trevorrow Responds to Negative 'Book of Henry' Reviews: 'I Do Stand by the Movie'". Variety. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  28. ^ a b Kit, Borys (March 6, 2015). "'Jurassic World' Director Colin Trevorrow Tackling Sci-Fi Thriller 'Intelligent Life' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  29. ^ "Ava DuVernay Exits Sci-Fi Film 'Intelligent Life'". 4 May 2016.
  30. ^ Rebecca, Ford (August 15, 2015). "'Star Wars: Episode IX' Sets 'Jurassic World' Director Colin Trevorrow to Helm". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  31. ^ Chitwood, Adam (January 12, 2016). "'Star Wars: Episode IX' Director Colin Trevorrow Promises "Satisfying" Answer to Rey Theories". Collider. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  32. ^ "The Man Re-Writing Colin Trevorrow's Star Wars Is Fantasy's Secret Weapon". Vanity Fair. 2 August 2017.
  33. ^ "'Star Wars: Episode IX' Gets a New Writer (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 1 August 2017.
  34. ^ "J.J. Abrams to Replace Colin Trevorrow as Director of 'Star Wars: Episode IX'". Variety. 12 September 2017.
  35. ^ "Colin Trevorrow to Direct 'Jurassic World 3'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-07-07.
  36. ^ O'Connor, Clint (June 9, 2017). "Director Colin Trevorrow hits the road for 'The Book of Henry'". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  37. ^ Stack, Tim. "'Steven Spielberg: Colin Trevorrow will direct third Jurassic World". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  38. ^ Kroll, Justin. "'Jurassic World 3' to Hit Theaters in June 2021". Retrieved 21 February 2018.

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