For as beloved as the Jurassic Park franchise is, there is a lot of trepidation among fans regarding Universal’s upcoming sequel, Jurassic World. The first two movies were helmed by Steven Spielberg, and were based off of world-renowned books. Then there was Jurassic Park III, which felt like more of a money grab than a worthy successor. It's easy to see why fan confidence has been shaken.
Now, in an interview with /Film, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow finally revealed what the movie will actually be about in an attempt to get fans amped for the 2015 blockbuster. When asked about recent rumors regarding the film’s plot, Trevorrow said:
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.
Then when he asked when the movie takes place, the director said:
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.
Do genetically modified dinosaurs and texting teenagers raise any red flags for you? Trevorrow has to know how scrutinized this movie will be, so by coming out and trying to reassure fans early in the process is a smart move. Now, let’s just see a trailer already.