Director Colin Trevorrow Dishes On the Jurassic World Trailer

Posted: November 27, 2014 in Movies

UK movie magazine Empire went straight to the source, director Colin Trevorrow, to get the dish on all the great, nasty and beautiful dinosaurs and humans featured in the new Jurassic World trailer.

 

Every Jurassic Park movie has some know-it-all kids who eventually find themselves hip deep in all kinds of dinosaur do-do. In Jurassic World it’s Zack (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins), a pair of Wisconsin kids on the field trip of a lifetime.

“Trailers are tough, you have to satisfy people who are looking for a reason to watch a new Jurassic Park movie, and younger people who didn’t grow up on it,” says Trevorrow of the decision to start the first Jurassic Park trailer in 13 years with characters rather than spectacle. “This movie has a lot of elements working together; it’s not just sci-fi terror. It’s not purely action-adventure. It’s not just funny or sad or romantic. It’s all of those things at once. Communicating that in two-and-a-half-minutes isn’t easy.”
And has the director been pleased with the reaction? “I’ve had people send me pictures and videos of their kids watching it. I see the look in their eyes, and I had that look once. I’d have to be pretty cynical to not be pleased with that.”

 

Jurassic World takes place 22 years after the events of the first movie. Every visitor to the park is ferried in by luxury boat. And just to underline the fact that dinosaur trouble will eventually happen– takes place on the same Isla Nubar of the original.

“It opened in 2005,” says Trevorrow of the fully-operational theme park. And InGen are out of the picture. “Masrani Global, owned by Irrfan Khan’s character, bought InGen after John Hammond’s passing with a very earnest mission to realise his dream. We have a website that details all that backstory. It will get more interesting as we get closer to June.”

 

The gate to Jurassic World has eagle-eyed fans screaming that it is all CGI. Little do they know they are 50% right.

“The gate is practical, the environment isn’t. That shot was made specially for the trailer. The film will be different.”

 

This gallimimus swarm are one of many homages to the original movie.

“We set it in present day, but we’ve taken some scientific concepts that are in the theoretical stage now and made them real. Kind of like the first movie – we couldn’t clone dinosaurs in 1993, and we still can’t. It’s just a more fantastic version of now.”

 

The gyrosphere is a hamster wheel that allows visitor’s to see the dinosaurs up close without becoming dinner. Jimmy Fallon is rumored to be the voice of one the narrated audio guides. Richard Kiley did the same honors in the original movie.

“Steven loves theme park rides,” says Trevorrow of the origin of the gyroscope. “He wanted to create a way for people to get up close and personal with the animals, to make it 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.”

But, as we see later in the trailer, it would seem that the gyrospheres aren’t entirely dinosaur-proof. “I’m not sure what you’re suggesting,” laughs Trevorrow. “I see no way any of that could go wrong.”

 

The mosasaurus, Jurassic World’s new dinosaur gets the Shamu moment of the trailer when it jumps from its hidden depths to eat a Great White Shark whole. Trevorrow insists that he wasn’t referencing Jaws, executive producer Steven Spielbergs classic, when he did the scene.

“It wasn’t intended that way, however obvious it seems. The idea came out in one of our first meetings – I didn’t know if Steven and Frank [Marshall, producer on all the Jurassic Park movies] had considered an underwater reptile, so I pitched the mosasaurus and went off on the idea. I thought it would be cool if we had this massive animal and the park used one of our most fearsome modern predators as food. There could be a whole other facility where they used shark DNA to mass-produce them to feed the bigger beast. Steven gave me this look like, ‘You know I get it, right?’ And I sunk a little lower in my chair. And then he said, ‘Let’s do it’.
“It’s a bonkers idea, but I’m comfortable going to Crazytown, because I used to live there when I was a kid. Children have a creative fearlessness that I envy. If you’ve seen my first movie [sci-fi dramedy, Safety Not Guaranteed], you can see that I don’t mind embarrassing myself sometimes. As a result, my working relationship with Steven can feel like that Saturday Night Live sketch, Laser Cats. I walk in with so much confidence, then I look in the mirror and I’m wearing a tinfoil helmet. Half the time I feel like an amateur, and half the time he says, ‘No, wear the helmet. The helmet works.'”

 

Bryce Dallas Howard plays Claire, one of the head directors of Jurassic World, responsible for keeping the theme park attendance at an all time high. Her newest park addition is a “genetically modified hybrid”. Apparently, the sequels are doomed forever to repeat the mistakes of the original.

Fan controversy has erupted over this GMH/GMO. Why do the movies feel the need to create man-made monsters when nature has already gone through the trouble of creating so many great and awesome ones?

“There is no shortage of awesome dinosaurs,” he agrees. “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.”

 

The first of many ominous looks exchanged between Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire and Chris Pratt’s game keeper character Owen.

“They have a kind of old school combative chemistry,” says Trevorrow of his leads. “We haven’t really seen what those two people are like yet, the trailer sticks to moments when they’re at their most ominous and concerned. Owen and Claire are real people, and their relationship is a big part of this story. I’m not ashamed of putting a little sexual tension into my dinosaur movie.” Isle Nude-blar, anyone? Anyone?”

 

Chris Pratt’s Owen comes face to face with the first signs of trouble from Jurassic World’s GMH. Rumored name “Dominus Rex” or “D-Rex” for short. A leaked lego version (long since removed at the forcible urging of Universal Studios fringe enforcement patrol) of D-Rex has the mandatory killer dinosaur attitude conjoined with red demon eyes and a chameleon changing skin tone.

“Obviously I’d love to hold back as much as possible,” says Trevorrow. “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.”

 

The trailer’s biggest reveal is that the original enemy raptors are now tamed to the point of being near fre-nimys and are reliable enough to be part of the park’s security team responsible for keeping some of the nastier dinosaur tendencies in check and out of human harm’s way.

“I like that people aren’t sure what the hell they’re looking at,” he says. “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.”
Still, the question remains: how can Owen be riding with raptors? “To not dodge the question entirely,” says Trevorrow carefully, “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.”

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