Colin Trevorrow may be marshaling giant, CGI dinosaurs at the moment, but the dude got his start with somewhat more down-to-earth films. His breakout movie was Safety Not Guaranteed, a film that added a dash of time traveling sci-fi to the mumblecore romantic comedy formula. Well, it sounds like Trevorrow’s next movie, entitled Intelligent Life, will be a return to his more character-focused work. At least sort of.
Intelligent Life started life as a script called The Ambassador, which Trevorrow co-wrote with his frequent collaborator Derek Connolly. The movie was to be about an ambassador who’s part of a secret UN department assigned to greet any aliens that might try to contact Earth. Said ambassador meets a woman, a quirky romance blooms, but it turns out she’s actually an alien. Dun, dun, dun.
Of course Trevorrow is now part of the Amblin family, and Intelligent Life will be produced by Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall, so I’m going to guess the story has been scaled up considerably. Probably fewer meet cutes and people having clever conversations while staring up at the stars, and more laser guns and exploding motherships.
As long as Trevorrow manages to fit at least one CGI dinosaur into Intelligent Life, I’ll be happy. Just a quick dilophosaurus. I don’t ask for much.