JURASSIC WORLD Director Colin Trevorrow Addresses Recent Rumors and Plot Leaks, Setting, Timelines, Characters, and of Course, Dinosaurs

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Bits and pieces of Jurassic World news have been trickling out recently, both officially and otherwise.  We’ve managed to bring you news, images, set photos, and interviews from director Colin Trevorrow while keeping you spoiler-free, but unfortunately someone out there on the interwebs wants to blow the lid off the whole thing.  Well, Trevorrow himself recently addressed these leaks and set the record straight on a number of issues from setting, to timeline, to characters, to the dinos themselves.

Starring Chris PrattBryce Dallas HowardVincent D’OnofrioIrrfan KhanNick RobinsonTy SimpkinsJake Johnson, Omar Sy, and Judy GreerJurassic World opens June 12, 2015.  Hit the jump to see what Trevorrow had to say, which contains spoilers.

jurassic-world-patchIn a recent interview with /Film, Trevorrow commented on recent rumors and leaks related to Jurassic World.  We’ve provided a few of his responses below, but be sure to head over to /Film for the full interview:

So the rumors are true?

Yes. 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.

How long has elapsed since the third film and how has the world we knew from those films changed in that time?

This film picks up twenty-two years after Jurassic Park. When Derek [Connolly] and I sat down to find the movie, we looked at the past two decades and talked about what we’ve seen. … 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.

jurassic-world-imageAnd as for the dinosaurs themselves:

Will there be crossbred dinosaurs or new species created for the movie?

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.

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.

While it certainly seems like the modern-day setting of the film is in touch with contemporary audiences and their short attention spans (not to mention how I can already imagine Pratt’s performance based on this description of tone alone), the genetically modified dino has me equal parts cautious and curious.  As a purist, there are plenty of prehistoric creatures to choose from and no real need to create new ones for the sake of the film, but the fact that this is done as a satirical nod to corporate meddling does make it quite a bit more interesting.  Either way, I’ll be in the theater for this one next summer!

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  • Steven Ray Morris

    Cool. I’m not worried anymore.

    • The Flobbit

      I never was. Treverrow is so on-top of things: he’s confident, knows exactly what HE wants and what the FANS want. I am loving that Hollywood is giving major power to minor directors, making the resulting movies that much better.

      • evinrude

        If only.One week after the ANT-MAN story,your post is pure 96% irony by volume.

      • The Flobbit

        Ant-Man is a sad fluke. And Edgar Wright is far from minor. He’s directed 3 hit films and is a cultural phenomenon in England. Treverrow directed one cute little indie.

      • evinrude

        “Cultural phenomenon” is laughably generous.He’s directed four cult films.

      • The Flobbit

        Hence the word CULTural. Don’t be an ignorant Yankee douche. Edgar Wright is just short of being a national phenomenon in England.

      • evinrude

        Hold on,I’m a Canuck.Now who’s ignorant?Watch how you throw around the word “yankee” from now on.

      • The Flobbit

        Hmm…another fellow Canuck. I’m not ignorant, merely uninformed as to your nationality. However, you are uninformed to the success of one of Britain’s greatest talents.

      • evinrude

        Whatever his success in The Isles,Edgar Wright is not a phenomenon anywhere else.In spite of his talent.

        And not for nothing,but the word “cult”,in front of the word “film”,does not mean “a culturally significant film”.

      • evinrude

        Whatever his success in The Isles,Edgar Wright is not a phenomenon anywhere else.In spite of his talent.

        And not for nothing,but the word “cult”,in front of the word “film”,does not mean “a culturally significant film”.

      • The Flobbit

        Hmm…another fellow Canuck. I’m not ignorant, merely uninformed as to your nationality. However, you are uninformed to the success of one of Britain’s greatest talents.

      • evinrude

        Hold on,I’m a Canuck.Now who’s ignorant?Watch how you throw around the word “yankee” from now on.

      • evinrude

        “Cultural phenomenon” is laughably generous.He’s directed four cult films.

  • Devin Reed

    Looking forward to this more than any other film next summer, with the possible exception of Age of Ultron. Also nice to see a director address rumors head on.

  • Daniel Ronczkowski

    I recently started watching Parks and Rec and Pratt is by far my favorite part

  • AdeoAdversary

    Wasn’t really sure about Trevorrow taking the reins for this one, but after hearing these responses I feel much better. Sounds like he has a confident and coherent attitude towards his fictional world–those kinds of directors make the most unique films, looking forward to it.

    • Curious George

      The premise seems clever enough but I hope he reins in the “teen texting” thought. That bit feels like pandering. How did you hear his responses? Is there a video interview? Did you see it on cable or was it via another medium? The links from this page go to more reading. Thanks.

      • Snarky

        The “teen texting” comment was meant to describe the attitude of the visitors to the park and the world in general; a complacency towards what was considered incredible at the time of the previous films. You don’t have to worry about the film being stuffed with kids on their phones.

    • the king of comedy

      Agreeed, I love the premise of a functional park, defying everything we learned from previous movies, and the director does sound like he knows what he`s doing. I`m a little worried about the genetically modified dinosaur, I guess he can be some impossing figure, but I would like humans to worry about regular dinosaurs instead of this monster they created, hope they don`t save him to be the big bad dinosaur of the movie they must fight at the end, and instead use him only to let them see they went too far trying to control nature that things go wrong, once they loose control of the park I don`t care if this dinosaur dies and just leave us with man vs. dinosaurs again.

    • the king of comedy

      Agreeed, I love the premise of a functional park, defying everything we learned from previous movies, and the director does sound like he knows what he`s doing. I`m a little worried about the genetically modified dinosaur, I guess he can be some impossing figure, but I would like humans to worry about regular dinosaurs instead of this monster they created, hope they don`t save him to be the big bad dinosaur of the movie they must fight at the end, and instead use him only to let them see they went too far trying to control nature that things go wrong, once they loose control of the park I don`t care if this dinosaur dies and just leave us with man vs. dinosaurs again.

  • aceshigh

    Sounds like some cool concepts at play here. I just wish some of the original cast were making appearances.

    • Steven Ray Morris

      BD Wong is coming back in an interesting nod to the JP ‘mythology.’ Curious to see how it shakes out.

      • evinrude

        BD Wong.I think he uses that credit cause it sounds like “beat a wong” when you say it out loud.He’s been quitely trolling Hollywood for decades.

      • herpderp

        When you say your name out loud it sounds like “trying to hard to be funny please stop”. Its a beautiful name it sounds french.

      • evinrude

        Try harder to troll or please stop.

      • evinrude

        Try harder to troll or please stop.

      • agent777

        Actually a “B.D. Wong!” is something you yell when your just did something cool in Grand Theft Auto. “That dude just B.D. Wonged it!”. But then again everyone I know is a huge SVU fan…

      • agent777

        Wong’s character in the books was killed by raptor’s… my guess is you can only outrun fate for so long…

  • Alan Grant

    Good news, honestly sounds like its in the right hands. Looking forward to it.

  • Dmula

    Love all the movies,I was worried about making a 4th but I like this guys vision

  • Strong Enough

    glad this new generation will get to see this happen

    • DEADP00L

      Meh I liked your generations JP just fine I saw it in IMAX and it was awesome.

      • Strong Enough

        I liked it too. But there is nothing wrong with continuing to revisit this world

      • DEADP00L

        I don’t mind the revisit but after 3 movies of basically the same formula; island, visit island, island goes wrong, island death trap, escape island, island escaped, I’d say a new angle would be what I would want to watch.

        Is this actually a continuation though? What about it connects it to the classic other than the islands?

      • Strong Enough

        The characters. Bd Wong is coming back. its the same universe.

  • Jamesy

    I wonder if the dinosaurs will be fully CG, animatronics, or a mixture of both?

    • DEADP00L

      If they GI the dinos this movie is a flop and nobody will want to watch it. And it wont age well at all. They will be serious idiots if they pull that and not honor the legacy of Stan Winston.

      • agent777

        Here, here! A toast to Stan Winston!

      • the king of comedy

        weren`t the dinosaurs from the original movie fully CGI? that movie aged incredibly well

      • Snarky

        They were created using integrated CGI and practical animatronics. I believe using both is what helped the effects age so well.

      • Snarky

        They were created using integrated CGI and practical animatronics. I believe using both is what helped the effects age so well.

  • Migz13

    I’m honestly excited for this. It’s been a while since I last saw a Jurassic Park movie hit the theaters, and I really like all three movies before (Ok.. JP3 not so much, because they just had to replace the REX with the Spinosaur).

    • agent777

      Spinosaurs were 50 feet long though, and aquatic, so arguably they lived in a much more competitive environment than T. Rex’s.

  • vitextreeradar

    sounds like its in good hands

  • NICK НΛRT

    chris pratt is amazing. can’t wait to see him become the huge star that he deserves to be. i wasn’t the biggest fan of safety not guaranteed but i have faith in this film.

  • NotePad

    If Goldblum isn’t it it, it ain’t worth it. Seriously, why would they NOT want to put him in the film, even as a cameo?

    • The Flobbit

      I’ve been telling everyone: During the height of the climax, as the heroes cower, surrounded by mutant dinosaurs, Goldblum will swing in on a vine, toting a giant blazing machine gun.

      “Man creates dinosaurs.
      Dinosaurs kill man.
      Malcolm shoots dinosaurs.”

    • yrulaughing418

      They’ve explained that Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, Laura Dern etc won’t be in it because it wouldn’t make sense for those characters to keep traveling to dinosaur islands and putting themselves in the same situation over and over.

      Once you’ve escaped being eaten by dinosaurs you probably never want to risk it again

      Goldblum will be in the Independence Day sequel, though

      • NotePad

        Really? Now that’s awesome. Hope it’s a big role. I miss the Jeff Goldblum that used to star in big, cool sci-fi blockbusters.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Even if it’s just a cut to Malcolm sitting at home watching the carnage erupt on TV and then facepalming, that’d be hilarious.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Even if it’s just a cut to Malcolm sitting at home watching the carnage erupt on TV and then facepalming, that’d be hilarious.

  • MIXTER

    All sounds great! JP has always had more potential than what we’ve seen on film, and even the books. A fully functioning park, now this is what i’ve been waiting for!

    Not sure about this hybrid mutant idea though, not needed imo. Unless its the feathered kinda dino, but, really the original Dino’s were the mutants as they were featherless, where now we know that real dinos did have them.

    • the king of comedy

      I think the velociraptors, wich are dinossurs created for this universe fitted perfectly, but the T-Rex was the best, I`m also worried about a genetically altered dinosaur, but if they take that road I don`t want somethign as extreme as a feathered dino, I would like some impossing T-Rex kind of dinosaur wich serves only two porpuses, eye candy and actaully be because of this dino, that humans created without understanding and can`t control, that they loose control of the park (hence sending again the message that humans shouldn`t try to control nature), Maybe after they loose control of the park this dino can die but already free all the other regular dinos and let the humans worry only about them wich already are pretty scary as they are. I also love the idea of a functional park.

    • the king of comedy

      I think the velociraptors, wich are dinossurs created for this universe fitted perfectly, but the T-Rex was the best, I`m also worried about a genetically altered dinosaur, but if they take that road I don`t want somethign as extreme as a feathered dino, I would like some impossing T-Rex kind of dinosaur wich serves only two porpuses, eye candy and actaully be because of this dino, that humans created without understanding and can`t control, that they loose control of the park (hence sending again the message that humans shouldn`t try to control nature), Maybe after they loose control of the park this dino can die but already free all the other regular dinos and let the humans worry only about them wich already are pretty scary as they are. I also love the idea of a functional park.

  • agent777

    Kinda sounds like a Westworld version of JP, which is fitting.

    The genetically modified dino is probably filling in for the frog-spliced dinos in the first film, so that’s not going to go to well for the park guest…

    But this direction makes sense because the San Diego scene in Lost World let the cat out of the bag, and marked where the movies diverged from the theme of the books. JP and Lost World were grim, grim books (and I heard them as audiobooks, so no excuses not to listen to if your a fan). The scary thing with the books are the plot lines dealing with dinos escaping to the main land and becoming “invasive species”. The parts about compys getting into to babies cribs and eating them was chilling, and at the end of the book I remember there was talk of strange plagues of dinosaurs on the mainland. Oh yeah, and Hammond is a callous, heartless bastard and the lawyer is a hero!

    To me the “invasive species” theme resonates much more than the “genetically modifed” theme, but after the Lost World film the series was bound to go this direction, and shit, it’s been far to long since the last dinosaur movie.

  • agent777

    Kinda sounds like a Westworld version of JP, which is fitting.

    The genetically modified dino is probably filling in for the frog-spliced dinos in the first film, so that’s not going to go to well for the park guest…

    But this direction makes sense because the San Diego scene in Lost World let the cat out of the bag, and marked where the movies diverged from the theme of the books. JP and Lost World were grim, grim books (and I heard them as audiobooks, so no excuses not to listen to if your a fan). The scary thing with the books are the plot lines dealing with dinos escaping to the main land and becoming “invasive species”. The parts about compys getting into to babies cribs and eating them was chilling, and at the end of the book I remember there was talk of strange plagues of dinosaurs on the mainland. Oh yeah, and Hammond is a callous, heartless bastard and the lawyer is a hero!

    To me the “invasive species” theme resonates much more than the “genetically modifed” theme, but after the Lost World film the series was bound to go this direction, and shit, it’s been far to long since the last dinosaur movie.

  • bidi

    so is the t-rex gonna be the hero again after it eventually engages in bloody battle with the genetically engineered dino?

  • bidi

    so is the t-rex gonna be the hero again after it eventually engages in bloody battle with the genetically engineered dino?

  • Yurine

    can’t wait to see more set picture’s in the future.

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