JURASSIC WORLD Director Colin Trevorrow Talks Omar Sy’s Character, Using Animatronic Dinos, and the Film’s Broader Conflict

     April 23, 2014

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Filming on Jurassic World is currently underway in Hawaii, but Colin Trevorrow took some time to reveal a few more details about the film.  It should have gone without saying, but he said anyway, “We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot,” the director/co-writer revealed. “We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.” This seems unlikely.  I just don’t buy that a major studio would want to take one of their marquee franchises and stretch it beyond this one movie.

In news that is actually newsworthy, hit the jump for what Trevorrow had to say about Omar Sy’s character, using animatronic dinosaurs, and the film’s larger conflict.  The film also stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, and Judy Greer.    Jurassic World opens June 12, 2015.  If you missed them, click here to see the first official images from the film.

omar sy the intouchablesLast month, we learned Omar Sy (The Intouchables) had joined the cast, and now Trevorrow has provided Empire with some details about his character:

“He’s essentially Chris Pratt’s best friend,” he said of the Sy character. “They work together and have some pretty cool action scenes together. I wanted to create a relationship there that could be memorable and potentially carry on to future films.”

Before you start crying, “Spoilers!”, this is straight from the director.  If the director doesn’t think it’s a spoiler, you don’t get to think it’s a spoiler.

Moving on, Trevorrow also revealed the welcome news that the dinosaurs won’t be entirely CGI.  There will still be animatronic special effects, and why shouldn’t there be?  If the animatronics used in the original still hold up today, then why not use them?  They want to make the most believable dinosaurs possible, and even though there have been huge advances in CGI since Jurassic Park, there’s no reason to rely entirely on digital effects.

Finally, Trevorrow wouldn’t go into details about the plot, but he did explain the larger conflict:

“It’s about alpha dominance and the fact that humans have been the alpha species for a very long time”, he explained, “and so now we’ve brought back another that happened to be the alpha species during its time, and we have to co-exist, so what is that relationship?”

Somewhat contentious, I’d imagine.

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