Derek Connolly

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Derek Connolly
Bornc. 1976 (age 46–47)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
OccupationScreenwriter, film producer
Alma materTisch School of the Arts
Years active2005–present
Notable worksSafety Not Guaranteed
Jurassic World
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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, Jurassic World, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Connolly attended Miami Palmetto Senior High School in Miami and New York University Tisch School of the Arts.[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 co-wrote early (and ultimately uncredited) drafts of Pacific Rim: Uprising with Guillermo del Toro, Jon Spaihts and Zak Penn; the final screenplay was by Steven S. DeKnight, Emily Carmichael, Kira Snyder and T.S. Nowlin; based on characters by Travis Beacham and del Toro[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 Dominion, set for release on June 10, 2022.[6]

Connolly was reported to be working on a remake of the film Flight of the Navigator,[7] as well as writing an upcoming original Pixar film directed by Teddy Newton.[8] Connolly has been tapped to pen the script for a Metal Gear film.[9]


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 by Co-wrote screenplay with Colin Trevorrow, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver based on a story by Jaffa and Silver and Characters by Michael Crichton
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Writing
2016 Monster Trucks Wrote screenplay based on a 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 and King Kong by Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace
2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Written by Co-wrote screenplay with Colin Trevorrow, based on Characters by Michael Crichton
2019 Pokémon Detective Pikachu Screenplay by Co-wrote screenplay with Dan Hernandez, Benji Samit, and Rob Letterman
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Story by Co-wrote story with Colin Trevorrow, J. J. Abrams & Chris Terrio; screenplay by J. J. Abrams & Chris Terrio; Based on Characters by George Lucas
2022 Jurassic World Dominion Co-wrote story with Colin Trevorrow; screenplay by Colin Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael; based on Characters by Michael Crichton

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  1. ^ Sneider, Jeff (November 29, 2012), "Connolly: College partnership leads to 'Guaranteed' success", Variety, retrieved 2012-12-21
  2. ^ 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
  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. ^ Kit, Borys (May 12, 2016). "Pacific Rim 2 Enlists Jurassic World Writer Derek Connolly (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Kroll, Justin (February 21, 2018). "Jurassic World 3 to Hit Theaters in June 2021". Variety. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  7. ^ Trumbore, Dave (2012-11-27). "Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly to Rewrite FLIGHT OF THE NAVIGATOR Remake; Trevorrow May Direct". Collider. Retrieved 2021-10-18.
  8. ^ "New Pixar Movie Coming From 'Safety Not Guaranteed' Writer Derek Connolly and 'Day & Night' Director Teddy Newton". 29 November 2012. Retrieved 2013-03-10.
  9. ^ Kroll, Justin; Lang, Brent (November 8, 2017). "Jurassic World Scribe To Write Metal Gear Solid Film (Exclusive)". Variety. Retrieved November 10, 2017.

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