Presently, there are a lot of disputes raging over the writing credits for Jurassic World, the next official installment in the blockbuster franchise. Reports indicate that Universal Pictures wanted the appearance of one writing team in the screen credits. However, a WGA arbitration panel has that credit should be shared by two different writing teams.
The sources who are familiar with the said dispute have revealed that the studio wants director Colin Trevorrow and his old writing partner, Derek Connolly to share a written-by-screen credit while a ‘based-on-the-novel-by’ credit would be provided to the late Michael Crichton. There was a promo for the film, which aired during the Super Bowl and listed the credits in the same manner. It indicated that the film had been written by Trevorrow and Connolly.
However, a third-arbitration panel ruled that Trevorrow and Connolly will have to share writing credit with Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa. The latter is the husband-and-wife team who wrote an earlier draft of the script. Furthermore, the arbitration panel also indicated that instead of sharing a ‘written by’ credit, they should all share a ‘screenplay by’ credit. In the meantime, Trevorrow and Connolly appealed, insisting that their screenplay was completely new and wasn’t at all based on the Jaffa and Silver draft.
They want a restoration to their solo ‘written by’ credit. For the common people, a difference of ‘written-by’ credit and ‘screenplay-by’ credit might seem like a trivial affair but in reality, they mean two entirely different things. The guild’s highest screen credit is the ‘written-by’ credit which indicates that the script was not on any form of source material of a story category. The arbitration panel said that the final shooting script was based on a source material of a story nature.
The latter indicates the older script written by Jaffa and Silver. Jurassic World will be released in June, but information about it has been spreading around for years. In 2011, we saw Steven Spielberg reveal at Comic-Con that a writer was working on a treatment. It later turned out to be Mark Protosevich, scriptwriter of Thor, and I Am Legend. Meanwhile, in 2012, Jaffa and Silver were brought in to work on the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel.