'Jurassic World' Spoilers: Colin Trevorrow Confirms Major Story Elements

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 15:21 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Jurassic World' Spoilers: Colin Trevorrow Confirms Major Story Elements

On his first big blockbuster, Colin Trevorrow is sidestepping the Mystery Box approach.

The director and co-writer of Jurassic World has confirmed and elaborating upon a bunch of rumors, all of which make it clear that this Jurassic Park park sequel isn't sticking to the franchise formula.

SPOILERS to follow, dinosaur fans!

Remember how, for well over a year, rumors kept asserting that Khan was the secret bad guy in Star Trek Into Darkness, but JJ Abrams and company kept just saying, "Nah, no way" even though Khan was, in fact, the secret bad guy in Star Trek Into Darkness?  Trevorrow is taking the opposite approach, commenting on longstanding and recent rumors to Slashfilm.

Trevorrow, who nailed it on his first feature with Safety Not Guaranteed, is currently shooting Jurassic World in Hawaii.  He'd rather moviegoers avoid leaks and refrain from taking in spoilers, but he nonetheless puts it all out on the proverbial table.

First, he's talking about the setting, confirming the year-old rumor that Jurassic World returns to a Disneyland-style Jurassic Park.

Jurassic World takes place in a fully functional park on Isla Nublar. It sees more than 20,000 visitors every day. You arrive by ferry from Costa Rica. It has elements of a biological preserve, a safari, a zoo, and a theme park. There is a luxury resort with hotels, restaurants, nightlife and a golf course. And there are dinosaurs. Real ones. You can get closer to them than you ever imagined possible. It’s the realization of John Hammond’s dream, and I think you’ll want to go there.

The last two sequels – 1997's The Lost World: Jurassic Park and 2001's Jurassic Park III – both took place on Isla Sorna, a "Site B" gone wild.  So Jurassic World does indeed change things up pretty substantially.

But not so much that we won't be seeing velociraptors using their wily intelligence and giant clicky-claws to scare the snot out of everyone.  A huge rumor-haul JoBlo fished up last week claimed that Jurassic World features rained raptors acting as "good guy" dinosaurs against a genetically-engineered dino-strosity that has a whole new range of abilities derived from genes of different dinosaurs, snakes, and even cuttlefish.

Trevorrow says the rumors are broadly true but also draw some erroneous conclusions from real information.  Regarding the velociraptors, for example, he explains,

Chris Pratt’s character is doing behavioral research on the raptors. They aren’t trained, they can’t do tricks. He’s just trying to figure out the limits of the relationship between these highly intelligent creatures and human beings. If people don’t think there’s potential in those ideas, maybe they won’t like this movie. But I ask them to give it a chance.

He moves on to the genetically-engineered beast, saying,

We were hoping audiences could discover this on their own, but yes, there will be one new dinosaur created by the park’s geneticists. The gaps in her sequence were filled with DNA from other species, much like the genome in the first film was completed with frog DNA. This creation exists to fulfill a corporate mandate—they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth. And that’s what they get.

The notion of a genetically-modified critter like this one rubbed a lot of reactionary fans the wrong way last week, but as Trevorrow explains it, this is actually a cool extrapolation from Michael Crichton's original novel, in which frog DNA was used to make every dino at Jurassic Park female.  The director says,

I know the idea of a modified dinosaur put a lot of fans on red alert, and I understand it. But we aren’t doing anything here that Crichton didn’t suggest in his novels. This animal is not a mutant freak. It doesn’t have a snake’s head or octopus tentacles. It’s a dinosaur, created in the same way the others were, but now the genetics have gone to the next level. For me, it’s a natural evolution of the technology introduced in the first film. Maybe it sounds crazy, but most of my favorite movies sound crazy when you describe them in a single sentence.

Even more interesting than the filmmakers running with these ideas is the larger idea, which Chris Pratt discussed earlier this year, of addressing why in the hell anyone would take another crack at a Jurassic Park after so many instances of death and mayhem.

That's important to Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, his co-writer who also scripted Safety Not Guaranteed.  Says the director,

What if, despite previous disasters, they built a new biological preserve where you could see dinosaurs walk the earth…and what if people were already kind of over it? We imagined a teenager texting his girlfriend with his back to a T-Rex behind protective glass. For us, that image captured the way much of the audience feels about the movies themselves. 'We’ve seen CG dinosaurs. What else you got?' Next year, you’ll see our answer.

Check out the full discussion with Trevorrow over at Slashfilm.

As a blockbuster franchise director, Trevorrow's still unproven, too, but his first movie had a command of story, tone, and character would be nice to see in a follow-up to Steven Spielberg's 1993 hit.  Plus, He's made a lot of really solid decisions so far, including shooting on film and getting Michael Giacchino to compose the score.

His cast is wonderfully eclectic too.  Guardians of the Galaxy star Pratt leads a group that also boasts ringers like Bryce Dallas Howard, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Lauren Lapkus, Nick Robinson, and Ty Simpkins.  The only actor returning from previous installments is BD Wong, who appeared in Jurassic Park as geneticist Henry Wu.

Jurassic World unleashes dino-disaster in theaters on June 12, 2015.


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