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Director Colin Trevorrow Confirms Major 'Jurassic World' Plot Details

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May 28, 2014
Source: SlashFilm

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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."

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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."

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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."

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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?

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  • DAVIDPD
    Eek! This got me so excited for this film. I was lukewarm about it, but Trevorrow's enthusiasm really got me.~ Waiting...
  • DJ Jack Ryan Hardy
    They better play the original Jurassic Park theme in the movie.
  • http://www.youtube.com/user/skazillashmack Danimal
    I love the mental image of the kid, texting a friend, with his back to the t-rex behind glass....that's so spot on.
  • redskulllives
    A half raptor half human frees itself and its fellow dinosaurs. End of movie
    • Jon Odishaw
      Please don't ever make a movie
  • Asturias_Knytt
    The desensitization concept sounds intriguing, but I don't see how they can make a whole movie out of that or at least it will be tough to do so. At one point or another someone's going to get eaten and then what happens? The kid with his back against the glass will be running scared just like everyone else so it's a nice idea and all, but I don't see it as an theme with longevity and it's not that unlike Lex and Tim 'meeting' the Brachiosaurus for the first time in Jurassic Park. I guess he'll be building upon this idea in a more satirical fashion, sort of like the adverts in the original RoboCop which could be seen even when shit hits the fan later on. There could monitors showing people eating burgers and drinking in the foreground and giant pliosaurs jumping in and out the water in the background ['tricks' that are perhaps triggered by electrical impulses], for example and that would clash with what's actually happening - a stampede with pliosaurs and other aquatic dinosaurs stranded in sand and eating whoever comes their way - they could even show a kid ignoring his dog earlier and then begging him/her to not go near the aquatic dinos when chaos ensues [man's best friend and all that]. Those kind of contrasting shots would be pretty cool and then when the inevitable happens...the super-dino will develop consciousness, deliberate in "some massive conference room" amongst its non-hybrid friends and form a peace treaty? Cue the Jurassic Park theme and credits? No? It has legs people! There's room for a sequel - 'Jurassic Park: Dino-spector'... Anyway, I'm looking forward to this. I mean, it can't be as bad as JP3, right?
    • Cal J.
      They're only using the concept to explain how after the first attempt at a dinosaur theme park literally ended in a bloody disaster, our society is full of such apathetic and stupid people that we soon forget our history and are doomed to repeat it. "If there are billions to be made, no one can resist them, even if they know things could end horribly." I appreciate that the filmmakers seem to have really thought this story through logically. I hope it all pans out. I love the first one but the sequels were forgettable. Fingers crossed.
      • Asturias_Knytt
        I was commenting on how tricky it might prove to be to implement that theme throughout the film without it coming across as obnoxious. I hope they go for subtlety. Sorry if I didn't make that clear enough.
  • Jon Odishaw
    I liked every single thing I read in this article
  • Pendy16
    "But with all this talk of filmmakers “ruining our childhood”, we forget that right now is someone else's childhood. This is their time." THAT is a great quote.
  • Matthew
    Holy shit how can you not be excited for the passion this man has. Like it or not it's refreshing to get this kind of insight. Really it's a shame someone did leak info already but I'm glad he's pushing through, I think we'll be in for a real treat, new and old fans.
  • shane willett
    I love the JP series , Lost world and Congo were 2 books that i felt transitioned well.. glad to see it still is going strong, now if they can make another congo, my childhood will be fully re-embraced ..
  • si1ver
    Sold.
    • si1ver
      Amazing to hear a director talk so passionately and sincerely about something and to seem so well educated on the subject matter. I thought this movie was a horrible idea at first but now I can't wait to see it. Take my money!
  • Cal J.
    So no Snaketopus vs Octosnake? Check.
  • JBrotsis
    Besides being excited for marine dinos (like Mossasaurus and *fingers crossed* Deinosuchus) and being excited for...everything! What I really hope they explain or show...maybe as a flashback sequence during an introduction from a tour guide to a crowd first entering the park...is how InGen came back to dinosaur dominated Isla Nublar, took it over, caught/caged every single dinosaur, refurbished all the vine entangled buildings, and started over. It's just going to be a little disappointing to revisit Isla Nublar seeing the operational park but never getting told how InGen retook the island ruled by JP1's dinos.
    • Asturias_Knytt
      Maybe InGen didn't take over. Maybe they sold it off to this new Patel Corporation as is.
      • JBrotsis
        That could be a real possible solution. What would be really cool though is if the company Dodson was working for (that guy that paid Nedry to do his bidding) was actually the corporation in charge of Jurassic World, being InGen probably went bankrupt after all the events and deaths that took place in the trilogy. Still though, whoever now owns JW, I'd still like it explained how they retook the island of dinosaurs and recreated.
        • Asturias_Knytt
          That depends on what cannon they're going with. In the books Dodgson is the head of BioSyn - inGen's direct rival. He first appears in the original novel and dies in the The Lost World, but he only makes a brief appearance in the 1st film. I think if would be cool if the investor was German xD I'm not sure if that Patel Corp is actually a real thing. I know about the fake viral site, but I guess the company could still be 'real'. They'll probably explain how the island was re-taken so I don't think you have to worry about that :) The only thing I'm worried about is the hybrid dino :S
  • KurtVR
    If you're a fan of the original "Jurassic Park" (the novel, not the significantly modified movie) and you've found little to like about the derivative, schlocky Hollywood sequels, the newly published (September 2013) novel "Re-Creating the Cretaceous: A Tale of Survival" is the equal of the original JP storyl and head-and-shoulders above Hollywood's feeble successors. Forget also the totally implausible tale of dino DNA derived from the blood of a mosquito preserved in amber and JP4's alleged splicing (again!) of dino DNA to create a sinister "mutt" dinosaur, "Re-Creating the Cretaceous" is a credible tale of the recovery of viable dinosaur DNA and the creatures bred on several small islands in the south Pacific, far from prying eyes. Forget also the ludicrous ideas of the family riding a triceratops, mugging for a selfie with a T Rex or watching velociraptors synchronously jump through hoops of fire. Prominent throughout the book are the latest creatures discovered within the past twenty years, including the Cryolophosaurus (mini T-Rex), the menacingly lethal Australovenator (a raptor on steroids or 'the cheetah of the Cretaceous' ) as well as a volcanic crater lake full of predatory prehistoric sea creatures. "Re-Creating the Cretaceous" is the story Hollywood does NOT want you to read

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