'Jurassic World' Gets Viral Site for Masrani Global, New InGen Owners
by Ethan Anderton
November 17, 2014
Following the ominous teaser poster from last month, Universal Pictures has launched a viral site to tease Jurassic World. The website is for a company called Masrani Global, a corporation built on telecommunications which has since expanded to oil, all the profits of which helped founder Sanjay Masrani purchase International Genetic Technologies (InGen) in 1997 after Dr. John Hammond passed away. The site also gives us an introduction to Jurassic World, the operational theme park which has bee up and running since June 2005. And the best part is that there's some new images from the park, including our first look at B.D. Wong reprising his role from Jurassic Park, and Irrfan Khan as Masrani's son. Look!
There's plenty of other cool things to see at the website, so go explore and see what you can find. In the meantime, there's some interesting background information the site provides about Jurassic World like this:
In 1997 Simon Masrani began talks to acquire International Genetic Technologies after the passing of Dr. John Hammond in order to reshape and restore the company to a level of satisfaction once sought by the former founder. By 1998 InGen was under the Masrani umbrella and the years from 2002 to 2004 would help lead the Masrani company on their biggest adventure yet: the construction of Jurassic World on Isla Nublar.
And when you check out the page on the theme park itself, there's this information about how it was built:
Soon after the acquisition of InGen in 1998, Simon Masrani looked to work at a plan that seemed impossible given the circumstances of the years preceeding - the control and re-invention of a new theme park on Isla Nublar. Experts from the Masrani company were collected together, along with Dr. Henry Wu from the InGen company, to plan for the greatest theme park and attractions ever constructed in humankind's history.
Simon Masrani used subsidaries Axis Boulder Engineering and Timack Construction to work on the preparation and planning prior to construction on the island. Construction workers were protected from native wildlife by InGen security over the course of the three years from 2002 until completion in 2004. With over $1.2 billion alone spent in concrete and building materials, this project was never underestimated.
"The most incredible thing about the project for me was the fact that we were able to construct so far off the mainland, while maintaining all deadlines", explains Jurassic World Project Manager Mr. Eli Jacobs. "The logistics and the planning were just incredible. Security teams, perimeter fencing, scientists, quarantine zones … it was quite the atmosphere."
Simon Masrani was taking no chance.
Simon adds, "The sense of security proved vital in the establishment of Jurassic World. The media were having a frenzy at the time, conservation groups around the globe were looking and waiting for any incident to tarnish our reputation to try and take Isla Nublar away from us. We had to set a feeling of safety, for when the time came for opening in 2005, we had to ensure people were willing to come."
And come they did … Jurassic World officially opened in June 2005 to an incredible 98,120 visitors in its first month of operation.
So by the time our story picks up in Jurassic World next summer, the park has been open for about 10 years. And while the above text indicated that it was successful for awhile, we know that the plot sees the park losing its luster, which is why they decide to create hybrid, genetically modified dinosaurs, and that's when everything goes wrong. The official website of the film launched today too, and there's a countdown that ends in 10 days, so we just might be getting the first teaser trailer just before Thanksgiving arrives.
Jurassic World is directed by Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed), who rewrote the script with Derek Connolly from an earlier draft by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes). No plot details are available yet, but the film has been said to feature a new operational dinosaur theme park, just as John Hammond imagined over 20 years ago. The cast includes Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson, Ty Simpkins, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan and B.D. Wong, reprising his original role from Jurassic Park. Universal Pictures releases the film June 12th, 2015.