Colin Trevorrow will direct “Book of Henry” for Sidney Kimmel Entertainment from an original screenplay by novelist Gregg Hurwitz, author of crime novels and “Batman: The Dark Knight” for DC Comics.
“Book of Henry” will begin shooting in New York this September. Hurwitz recently signed on to adapt his novel “Orphan X,” with Bradley Cooper producing and possibly starring.
This is about all we know about the mysterious “Book of Henry.” Before Universal tapped him to director “Jurassic World,” Trevorrow broke out at Sundance 2012 with nifty time travel comedy “Safety Not Guaranteed” starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Duplass, a far-cry from the big-budget world of prehistoric creatures. “Jurassic World” has been in the works since the early 2000s, when Steven Spielberg confirmed a new installment in the mythology which has, so far, produced three feature films.
Studios chase hot indie mavericks like Trevorrow out of Sundance for large properties, for one, because they’re presumably cheaper than A-list talent. Other indie finds to helm similarly ambitious projects for-hire include “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” director David Lowery for “Pete’s Dragon,” “Kings of Summers”‘s Jordan Vogt-Roberts for Legendary’s King Kong prequel “Skull Island” and, earlier, Gareth Edwards, director of SXSW premiere “Monsters” who Legendary tapped for 2014’s “Godzilla.”
Set 22 years after the original “Jurassic Park” (which came out in 1993), “Jurassic World” takes place on a fully functional theme park on Isla Nublar that welcomes 20,000 visitors a year. The storyline involves a new dino DNA experiment gone horribly awry. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson and more, the film opens via Universal Pictures on June 12, 2015.