While I’m fine overall with the Jurassic World trailer teaser (my only real issue was the incomplete CG, which isn’t a complaint at all considering the fact it will all be done in time for the release of the finished film), a few people had some nagging questions about the giant aquatic dinosaur and the seemingly friendly nature of the Velociraptors Chris Pratt rides with in the final shot of the teaser.
But now director Colin Trevorrow (after addressing some of the CG concerns earlier this week) has endeavored to answer a few of those questions. Hit the jump for what he has to say about the new dinosaurs in the film. Jurassic World is due in theaters in 2D, 3D and IMAX on June 12, 2015. The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy and Judy Greer. Also, the film’s official site has been updated to provide a more comprehensive look at the park.
Speaking to Empire, Trevorrow asserts that the raptors in the trailer aren’t necessarily domesticated:
“Owen’s relationship with the raptors is complicated. They aren’t friends. These animals are nasty and dangerous and they’ll bite your head off if you make the wrong move. But there are men and women out there today who have forged tenuous connections with dangerous predators. That’s interesting territory to me.”
“I didn’t know if Steven [Spielberg] and Frank [Marshall] had considered an underwater reptile, so I pitched the mosasaurus and went off on the idea. I thought it would be cool if we had this massive animal and the park used one of our most fearsome modern predators as food. There could be a whole other facility where they used shark DNA to mass-produce them to feed the bigger beast. It’s a bonkers idea, but I’m comfortable going to Crazytown, because I used to live there when I was a kid.”
There’s also a bit of meta in his statement about how a bigger dinosaur was demanded by focus groups (I’m guessing he means the fictional focus groups the park in the film relies on):
“We have the most awe-inspiring creatures to ever walk the Earth right in front of us, but for some reason that’s not enough. We’re always hungry for the next thing, and those who profit from it are always looking to feed that hunger. The focus groups want something bigger than a T-Rex. And that’s what they get.”
All in all, I’m definitely still intrigued by Jurassic World. Even if it’s sort of hewing close to Jaws 3D territory.