Surprise 'Jurassic World' short film 'Battle At Big Rock' will land this weekend

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Credit: Universal)

An unexpected treat lies in store for Jurassic Park fans, with news that a previously unannounced 'short film' from director Colin Trevorrow will arrive this weekend.

Called Battle At Big Rock, it will air on the FX Network, and stars André Holland, Natalie Martinez, Melody Hurd and Pierson Salvador.

Trevorrow, who helmed Jurassic World, announced the short – something of first for, well, any major franchise, outside maybe Pixar – on Twitter.

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Hyping the film, he used a line from Jeff Goldbum's Dr Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom: “These creatures were here before us. And if we’re not careful, they’ll be here after.”

Where the short will fit in the Jurassic universe won't be known until Sunday, when it airs in the US, but what with the recreational vehicle and caravan in the background, could it be that an unfortunate holidaying family are about to be subjected to a terrifying dinosaur encounter?

As we left J.A. Bayona's Fallen Kingdom, dinosaurs are now at large in mainland US, so that's certainly a possibility.

Trevorrow is currently working on the so-far untitled third movie in the Jurassic World series, co-writing with Derek Connolly, who co-wrote Jurassic World and Fallen Kingdom, and Emily Carmichael, who co-wrote Pacific Rim: Uprising.

It's set to go into production in the spring of 2020, with a release date in line for some time in 2021.

Director Colin Trevorrow attends the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at the Dolby Theatre on December 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Trevorrow is back behind the camera after leaving Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker during pre-production.

The director of Safety Not Guaranteed leapt up from the low budget indie movie to make Jurassic World in 2015, scoring Universal Pictures a huge $1.7 billion hit.

He was hired to direct Star Wars 9 in 2015 while Jurassic World was still riding high in cinemas, but he left the project in 2017 following reported “differences on the script between Trevorrow and studio executives”.

Trevorrow’s last directed film The Book of Henry, released in 2017, was a critical and commercial flop.