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Derek Connolly (born c. 1976[1] in Miami, Florida) is an American screenwriter and film producer, mostly known for his collaborations with director Colin Trevorrow on the films Safety Not Guaranteed and Jurassic World.

Derek Connoly
Born c. 1976 (age 41–42)
Miami, Florida, United States
Occupation Screenwriter, film producer
Nationality American
Notable works Safety Not Guaranteed
Jurassic World
Years active 2005–present

Connolly was also reported to be working on a remake of the film Flight of the Navigator as well as writing an upcoming Pixar film with Teddy Newton.[2] Connolly was listed on Variety's Ten Screenwriters to Watch in 2012.[3] Connolly rewrote Kong: Skull Island (2017), for Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures.[4] Connolly has been tapped to pen the script for a Metal Gear film.[5] Connolly and Trevorrow co-wrote the screenplay for the sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), and by February 2018, had written a story treatment for Jurassic World 3, set for release on June 11, 2021.[6]

Connolly attended Palmetto High School in Miami and NYU Film School.[7]


Year Film Role Notes
2012 Safety Not Guaranteed Written by, producer Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay
Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature
2015 Jurassic World screenplay Co-wrote with Colin Trevorrow, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Writing
2016 Monster Trucks Wrote screenplay based on story by Matthew Robinson, Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger
2017 Kong: Skull Island Co-wrote screenplay with Dan Gilroy and Max Borenstein based on a story by John Gatins
2018 Pacific Rim: Uprising Early draft, uncredited Co-wrote with Guillermo Del Toro, Jon Spaihts and Zak Penn[8]
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom written by Co-wrote with Colin Trevorrow
2021 Jurassic World 3 story by Co-wrote story with Colin Trevorrow


  1. ^ Sneider, Jeff (November 29, 2012), "Connolly: College partnership leads to 'Guaranteed' success", Variety, retrieved 2012-12-21 
  2. ^ "New Pixar Movie Coming From 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Writer Derek Connolly and 'Day & Night' Director Teddy Newton". Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  3. ^ "VARIETY'S 10 SCREENWRITERS TO WATCH". Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  4. ^ Kit, Borys (August 18, 2015). "'Jurassic World' Writer Heads to 'Kong: Skull Island' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 19, 2015. 
  5. ^ Kroll, Justin; Lang, Brent (November 8, 2017). "Jurassic World Scribe To Write Metal Gear Solid Film (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved November 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 21, 2018). "Jurassic World 3 to Hit Theaters in June 2021". Variety. Retrieved June 11, 2018. 
  7. ^ Kareem Tabsch (June 19, 2012), "Safety Not Guaranteed: Miami Screenwriter Derek Connolly Turned an Internet Meme Into an Indie Film Success Story", Miami New Times 
  8. ^ Kit, Borys (May 12, 2016). "Pacific Rim 2 Enlists Jurassic World Writer Derek Connolly (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 5, 2018. 

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