Director Colin Trevorrow has been trying to keep plot details for the upcoming Jurassic World secret, but due to the interest in this new addition to the Jurassic Park franchise, bits and pieces of the plot have been leaking out.
He’s had nothing to say until now, but it seems the most recent bout of story leaks has prompted him to talk, largely because fans weren’t exactly pleased with what they’d heard, especially about a ‘mutant’ dinosaur genetically spliced from different dinos and modern animals, and ‘good’ and ‘bad’ dinosaurs.
Trevorrow spoke with /Film, confirming, “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.”
He add, “[O]ur 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… 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.”
As for rumours there would be good guy dinos on the side of the humans, and bad guy ones, he says, “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.”
He did confirm that there will be a new dinosaur that’s a mix of other animals (the DNA of a T-Rex, a raptor, a snake and a cuttlefish) have been mentioned,.”[T]here 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.”
However he wants to allay people’s fears about that, “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.”
For know, we’ll give him the benefit of the doubt.