Director Colin Trevorrow Confirms Major 'Jurassic World' Plot Details
Recently, some pretty wild rumors from JoBlo started circulating about the plot of Jurassic World, but since we weren't sure of their validity and they seemed rather spoilery, we decided to avoid them. Without saying too much, there was talk of some dinosaur hybrids, details about the fully functional park itself, and the idea of trained "good guy" dinosaurs being used to battle an escaped, genetically modified "bad guy" dinosaur. Thankfully, director Colin Trevorrow has boldly stepped out from behind the camera of the sequel to address these rumors and confirm and clarify some of the speculation. But we warn you, this is the kind of stuff that will be more fun to discover in the eventual trailers or the actual film itself. More below!
Our friends at SlashFilm were able to get Trevorrow to answer some questions over e-mail, and first they addressed the leaks about Jurassic World. Rather than denying them like a J.J. Abrams or a Zack Snyder, we actually get some straight talk from Trevorrow:
"Last week was discouraging for everyone on our crew–not because we want to hide things from the fans, but because we're working so hard to create something full of surprises. When I was a kid, you got to discover everything at once, it washed over you and blew your mind. Now it only takes one person to spoil it for everyone else. I hope whoever leaked it is actively trying to undermine what we're doing. Because if they're trying to help, they're doing it wrong."
You can almost hear his disappointment that some of this information is getting leaked, a sad staple of internet culture where information spreads like wildfire, whether it's true or not. But just for clarification, Trevorrow confirms that some of what we've heard (and seen in concept art) is true about the park itself:
"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."
It's been 21 years since Jurassic Park hit the big screen, but how much time has passed since the events of that film in this particular sequel. Trevorrow talks about their perception of society in the years since Jurassic Park was attempted to be realized, and how they applied that to the manifestation of Jurassic World as a fully operational park. Trevorrow explains:
"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. Two things came to the surface.
One was that money has been the gasoline in the engine of our biggest mistakes. If there are billions to be made, no one can resist them, even if they know things could end horribly.
The other was that our relationship with technology has become so woven into our daily lives, we've become numb to the scientific miracles around us. We take so much for granted.
Those two ideas felt like they could work together. 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."
Personally, I love the angle of living dinosarus being old news, and the only way to get patrons interested again is to take the risk of doing something different with the dinosaurs. The tie to films and how they seem to be designed to get bigger and better without any though about substance or consequence is perfect, but hopefully the film doesn't become a victim of its own metaphor. It sounds like there's two different parts to what the employees of Jurassic World are doing in order to make the park exciting again. Trevorrow (seen on set above) clarifies some of the talk about there being good and bad dinosaurs and how they clash:
"There's no such thing as good or bad dinosaurs. There are predators and prey. The T-Rex in 'Jurassic Park' took human lives, and saved them. No one interpreted her as good or bad. This film is about our relationship with animals, how we react to the threat they pose to our dominance on earth as a species. We hunt them, we cage them in zoos, we admire them from afar and we try to assert control over them.
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."
So what about all this talk of genetically modified, hybrid dinosaurs? The director has an answer for that:
"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."
Finally to end things, Trevorrow takes full responsibility for what this film is and will be, knows there's a legacy and love for this franchise, but isn't afraid to venture into new territory:
"I understand the risks of leaving the safe zone. We've all been disappointed by new installments of the stories we love. But with all this talk of filmmakers “ruining our childhood”, we forget that right now is someone else's childhood. This is their time. And I have to build something that can take them to the same place those earlier films took us. It may not happen in the same way everyone expects it to, but it's the way I believe it needs to happen.
Honestly, the biggest misconception on this movie is that there's some massive conference room at the studio where all these cynical story decisions are made. There is no committee. Universal has given us the resources to tell the story we want to tell, on the scale we want to tell it. Will this one be different from the other movies? You bet it will. And I'm not going to pass the buck if it doesn't work. This one's on me."
You have to give a lot credit to Trevorrow for biting the bullet and addressing these rumors. As tons of false information gets spread around the internet, it's interesting to see Trevorrow confirm such big details from the story. But considering the rather negative reaction to how some of these story elements were being presented, we're not surprised that he wanted to clear the air and calm down the worried fans. We just wish other filmmakers would take cues from Universal and Trevorrow and learn how to handle rumors this boldy and gracefully, because the film will end up speaking for itself no matter what. Thoughts on this so far?