Director Talks The “Jurassic World” Trailer

Following on from the release of the trailer for “Jurassic World” earlier this week, the film’s director Colin Trevorrow has broken it down for Empire and in the descriptions has dropped a couple of new tidbits about the highly anticipated sequel.

As we know, and as the trailer sets out, the film sees us returning to the original Jurassic Park location of Isla Nublar (rather than the Isla Sorna of the two previous sequels). Now, it’s a working theme park with live dinosaurs that attracts millions every year.

Trevorrow says in the film, the park has been open since 2005. The company of Masrani Global bought InGen after John Hammond’s passing and had the very earnest mission of realising his dream. The action though is set in the present day, the park having been opened for nearly a decade and everyone’s comfortable with how it operates.

Spielberg is the one that came up with the gyroscope ‘bubbles’ glimpsed in the trailer that allow users to get up close to the dinosaurs. Trevorrow says: “It’s a self-driving, free-roaming experience. It loads on a track, but once you’re out there, you actually get to navigate around the valley”

He on the other hand pitched the mosasaurus, the giant sea dinosaur who eats the great white shark. He says the shot seen in the trailer wasn’t meant to be a homage to “Jaws”, rather he “thought it would be cool if we had this massive animal and the park used one of our most fearsome modern predators as food.”

Of course the biggest new dinosaur is the D-Rex, the genetically engineered hybrid mentioned in the trailer but barely glimpsed. Asked when we will see the creature, Trevorrow says:

“There is no shortage of awesome dinosaurs. We could have populated this entire story with new species that haven’t been in any of these movies. But this new creation is what gave me a reason to tell another Jurassic Park story. We have the most awe-inspiring creatures to ever walk the earth right in front of us, but for some reason that’s not enough. We’re not entertained. We’re always hungry for the next thing, and those who profit from it are always looking to feed that hunger. The focus groups want something bigger than a T-Rex. And that’s what they get.

Obviously I’d love to hold back as much as possible. But Universal has to introduce this movie to people all around the world, and in an era where we’re contending with superheroes and space epics, marketing has its own set of needs. We’re introducing a relatively new idea. No one under 25 has a memory of seeing the original Jurassic Park in a theatre. The last instalment was 14 years ago. We may see little pieces of her as we get closer – in fact, we already have – but I’m confident that we can keep much of that animal under wraps. She’s not the only danger. Far from it.”

One bit of contention is the final shot of the trailer with Chris Pratt riding a motorbike surrounded by velociraptors. Rumors have swirled that his character has trained the creatures and so we’re essentially seeing domesticated ‘good guy’ raptors. Trevorrow is happy to let the confusion reign for now:

“I like that people aren’t sure what the hell they’re looking at. I was concerned about putting this image in an early trailer, but I love that people are as excited about it as they are. It just reinforces that we all want to see something fresh. Those familiar homage shots in our trailer kind of mask how different this movie is from the others, and I’m relieved that people are embracing the new ideas.

To not dodge the question entirely, Owen’s relationship with the raptors is complicated. They aren’t friends. These animals are nasty and dangerous and they’ll bite your head off if you make the wrong move. But there are men and women out there today who have forged tenuous connections with dangerous predators. That’s interesting territory to me.”

“Jurassic World” is slated for release on June 12th 2015.