10 Totally Confusing Hollywood Screenwriting Disputes

10. Two Teams Of Writers Get Credit For Jurassic World

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The movie that would become Jurassic World had been in gestation for over a dozen years and had numerous creative talents associated with it. In June 2012, Rise Of The Planet of The Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were hired to write the Jurassic Park 4 screenplay. However, when Colin Trevorrow signed on to direct the film in early 2013 he and writing partner Derek Connolly wrote a new script. According to Trevorrow and Connolly, the only elements that remained from Jaffa and Silvers script were the concepts of trained raptors and a previously unknown super-dinosaur as the main villain.

A few weeks before the movie’s release the WGA ruled that Jaffa and Silver would be given both “Story by” credit (suggesting they developed the story) and also “Screenplay by” credit, which they shared with Trevorrow and Connolly despite not having written a single word of the final shooting script. Trevorrow later expressed disappointment in having to split screenplay credit with the other writing team. One thing is for certain: now that Jurassic World is number three on the all-time box office list, it’s not surprising people want to take credit for it.


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