Dinosaurs and drama. Jurassic World has not experienced an easy ride to theaters. After important details of the plot were leaked from set, it appeared that everything had settled back down.
But now there is more drama going on behind the scenes, and this time it’s Universal vs. Writers Guild of America.
According to sources connected with Deadline, the studio wants director Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly to share a written by screen credit. The late Michael Crichton would receive a “based on the novel by” credit.
Seems like a good deal, right? Not according to a three-member arbitration panel. Last week, they ruled that Connolly and Trevorrow should share their writing credits with Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. They are the husband and wife team behind an earlier draft of the script.
Jaffa and Silver were asked to write the Jurassic Park sequel back in 2012. They completed a first draft, but things just weren’t working out. That’s when Trevorrow and Connolly entered the picture.
Even though Connolly and Trevorrow claim their draft wasn’t based on the previous draft, Silver and Jaffa filed a protest with the guild. And as we now know, the arbiters agreed with them, even removing the “written by” credit completely. They believe all the writers should share a “screenplay by” credit.
Connolly and Trevorrow have appealed one last time. If they are denied again, then the game is over. All four writers will share a screenplay by credit, and Jaffa and Silver will also get a “story by” credit added on.
Why is this a big deal? Well, because if the original credits had stayed in place, Trevorrow and Connolly would have received 50% of the future residuals. If this new ruling stands, they will only take home around 20%.
We’ll keep you updated. By the way, Jurassic World hits theaters June 12, 2015.