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

     April 23, 2014


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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  • Mike

    Most of the animatronic dinosaurs still hold up, but some of the background ones are clearly robotic and look like they belong in a Disney World ride.

    • scififan

      Which robotic background dinosaurs are you referring to in Jurassic Park?

    • The Flobbit

      All the background dinosaurs were CGI. Robotics were only used for closeups.

  • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

    All of the comments here were deleted and their commenters blacklisted because I’m done telling the same idiots over and over again that Collider is a site where writers are allowed to have opinions. If you want to talk about those opinions, fine. If you want to complain about those opinions being present in the first place, then we’re done with you.

    • The Flobbit

      Matt, let me ask YOU a question. We get that the writers are allowed to have opinions, but are the *readers* allowed to have opinions too? If the answer is yes, then perhaps that guy (whoever you blacklisted) was voicing his own opinion, just in a very rude and abrasive manner.

      I’m not saying you should or should not blacklist him, just pointing out that the comments section is a place for discussion of opinions. Cheers.

      • scififan

        The article offers nothing that would provoke someone to voicing a rude, abrasive opinion to begin with. It’s benign plot news about a movie.
        Back on topic:
        I’m excited about this movie, very glad that there are robotics being used – hopefully better than the robotics used in Jurassic Park 3 (the water attack/cage scene featured a robot that was jerky in it’s movements). The original Jurassic Park is incredible in its use of CGI and robotics blending – the T-Rex scene and the kitchen scene still hold up and look so much better than any film dinosaurs since. In today’s age of effects, both CGI and practical, I have high hopes for this one.

      • The Flobbit

        I beg to differ about the dinosaurs. For sheer visceral terror, you can’t beat Jurassic Park, but in Peter Jackson’s King Kong there are some kickass, gorgeous T-Rexes. Best CGI killer dinosaurs I’ve seen, which makes the terrible brontosaur chase all the more puzzling.

        But I have very high hopes for this. Treverrow really seems to know what he’s doing. Why is it that first time directors like Gareth Evans, the Russo Brothers and Colin Treverrow are pumping out better films than old hands like Spielberg and Bay?

  • Anthony Michael

    Pet peeve 207: People thinking that dinosaurs are a “species.”

  • WockerDaw

    Please, continue blacklisting these people, I’m sick of going to comment sections that are full of people calling the writer an idiot due to difference of opinion, or arguing about what kind of site this should be.

    It is their site, not yours. Make conversation. Don’t hate.

    • The Flobbit

      If they feeling strongly of an opinion, they are just as entitled to hate as anyone. Some people just hate better than others.

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        They can hate the movie (hate is a strong word, but whatever), but leave the ad hominem attacks out of it. Using those gets your banned.

      • The Flobbit

        Ad hominem, I assume, means personal attacks? Please don’t ban me if I go here, but are you saying that you can hate the MOVIE, but you can’t hate someone’s OPINION of the movie?

        I don’t always agree with your opinions, or the way you voice them, Matt, but I have to appreciate the work you do weeding out the trolls like Mixed Race rich kid NYC or whatever his name was. That man was a bane on the internet, and you deserve a medal or something for taking out the trash!

      • http://collider.com Matt Goldberg

        No, you can’t hate the person giving the opinion, or at least use that hate as a valid counterpoint. That’s what a personal attack means: going after the person giving the opinion rather than the opinion itself.

      • The Flobbit

        Matt, at http://collider.com/the-hobbit-3-title/, you have some guy trying to sell drugs of some kind. I think he needs to be banned.

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  • DEADP00L

    The animatronics has sold me. I will watch this movie just to support the hard work and sheer mastership that is old school SFX.

  • RiddleThemThis

    Matt’s writing is one of the reasons I keep coming back to this site. I hope he keeps it up.