Colin Trevorrow talks about Jurassic World's plot

News Ryan Lambie 29 May 2014 - 08:31

Following some leaked story details, director Colin Trevorrow steps in to set the record straight on Jurassic World's plot...

NB: If you don't want to know anything about Jurassic World's plot, you might want to click the back button on your browser now.

Getting a chance to direct a major summer movie might sound like a dream come true for some directors, but there are several drawbacks to such a coveted position. Constant notes from executives. Sleepless nights. Endless poring over pre-vis special effects shots. Gallons of coffee. Countless meetings.

Then there's constant scrutiny from the well-meaning yet persistent denizens on the internet, who pore over every bit of officially released information, and often wind up leaking and sharing stuff that was supposed to be a closely guarded secret.

Director Colin Trevorrow no doubt found out some of this when he went from making the charming low-budget sci-fi comedy Safety Not Guaranteed to the extraordinarily high-budget Jurassic World for Universal. Understandably, the fourth Jurassic Park movie has been greeted with a huge amount of interest, excitement and nervousness, not least from sites such as this.

And while Trevorrow and his army of filmmakers have been relatively tight-lipped about the details of their forthcoming movie (the director's entertaining and teasing Twitter account aside), some details did leak from the production last week. Although we didn't report on them at the time - we deemed them too spoiler-y for comfort - Mr Trevorrow has stepped forward to talk a little bit about the plot of Jurassic World, and provide his own, official word on what we can expect from it.

Now, obviously, if you don't want to know anything about Jurassic World before going in, don't read any further. But if curiosity has gotten the better of you, here's a brief snippet from Trevorrow's lengthy email interview with the lovely Slash Film, which sets the scene for the sequel:

"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."

Taking place 22 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park, Jurassic World explores what a park full of dinosaurs might look like in a landscape where "we've become numb to the scientific miracles around us":

"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."

Those are just two short snippets from a much longer, more detailed description of Jurassic World's plot - if you're still keen to know even more, do head to Slash Film to read it, because it's an excellent interview, and full of candour from Colin Trevorrow.

We must say, the image of a sullen teen more fascinated by his mobile phone than a T-Rex sounds like a wonderful image, and only increases our interest in what the director's up to.

Jurassic World is out on the 12th June 2015 in the UK.

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I'm liking the sound of this more and more I have got to say.

haha, like the idea of entering this park at a point where people are already like 'whatever...'. cool

IMDB says its out 2015 - I got all excited there for a moment. Booooo.
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Sounds like a great concept. Now, let's just hope the studio don't get nervous and butcher it.

That is actually a great take on it. Teenagers more bothered with chatting to their mates on Facebook than witness an animal not seen for billions of years.

I am glad they have put a new spin on the idea because they are right, we have seen CGI dinosaurs before, so we need something new.

right, not sure its a "spin" on anything in all honesty, that doesn't make for a whole story being built around twat teenagers being more interested in phones than dinos, which is complete bullshit anyway.
It is a film about dinosaurs, which will no doubt inescapably be cgi…So whats your point, what else would you expect to see in JP film? Want something new, just don't do dinosaurs?

I was afraid that Jurassic World would turn into some apocalyptic 'splode-fest, but this sounds awesome. Hope they stick to this concept!

Obviously we will see Dinosaurs again, but what I like is that the people in the film itself are not going to be too bothered.

Where as in the last 3 films, the humans are always in awe of the dinosaurs, but it seems in this one that the spectacle has worn off and people may be a bit more blasé about it all.

Remember, back in 1993, the CGI Dinosaurs were state of the art and a new experience for us. the audience. But now, it's not all that special. I am not saying we don't WANT to see CGI Dinosaurs, I am saying that the awe factor will not be there anymore when we first see the T-Rex like when we first saw it in '93.

I just liked the idea and am excited by the film, but I seem to have offended you to which I can only apologies for having my own opinion.

Well that's a statement that's scarily true - "we've become numb to the scientific miracles around us", I too both like the sound of this and want to see it. Ges I better watch the other 3!

Film director Christophe Gans once described Jurassic Park III's plot as being about a couple going through a divorce with dinosaurs as a backdrop. That's the reason filmgoers are jaded – poor scriptwriting. Let's hope number four is better.

I thought the third was a good film, certainly better than the second.

I use my mobile to check this site quite often. Perhaps you should try another browser?

Sounds terrible!

"Alan!" (velociraptor quote)

I could never see the 'movie world' furore over a dinosaur park. Of course they would exhibit them, why wouldn't they? Most of them were no bigger than a large elephant and shorter than a giraffe. The majority of species really weren't as big as people think they were. The 2 legged hunters were no more aggressive than lions and tigers and all the 4 legged ones ate plants anyway so are no more difficult to contain safely than cattle.

Zoos all over the world house wild animals safely without incident, I don't see why larger animals would pose a significant problem.

Colour me intrigued. The previous three were all about showing how unfeasible Hammond's dream was, so it will be really interesting to see what changed everybody's minds about the park. It also makes me curious about what causes the disaster this time, which most likely will be that someone lets the dinosaurs loose and people are unprepared due to being used with petting zoo-variety dinos. I guess that it might be done by mercenaries masking as eco-terrorists, while they are actually hired by InGen's rivals who wish to discredit and ruin the company.

I can't wait however this sounds like it could be the first! people at the park and ofc the dinosaurs are gonna escape

I'm being cautiously optimistic about this. Done right, it could be brilliant and I really hope it is. But I'm hoping it doesn't turn the dinosaurs into some kind of gimmick. Dinosaurs are cool already - they don't need to be turned into military weapons, or gene spliced (as some rumoured ideas have previously suggested) to be made awesome.

I have faith in this director though. He seems to know what he's doing, and the franchise seems in better hands than it has done in a long while.

This is be brilliant... that bored teenager will have his head chomped off.

I was disappointed with all three movies to be honest. They were too family orientated and could have done with more of what Spielberg put into Jaws.

I agree. Take mobile phones for instance. 15 years ago they were Nokias with Snake on them, today they are cameras, mp3 players, web browsers, consoles, video players... You name it, and then see how blasé people are about them, and complain how bad their phone is when each upgrade comes about. For me, that's a great concept, and tied to Jurassic Park - well I'm looking forward to it.

I re-watched them all two weeks ago, and I guess my opinion hasn't changed much over the years. I think the original is brilliant - not the best film ever made, but a well-written, quotable, thematic story, heart and spectacle. The second could have been good, but the lurches in pacing and that lack of heart reduce it. And the third, honestly, a mess. The storyline was weak, it wasn't made up for in charm or spectacle, and the direction was poor.
I look forward to this. I either wanted exactly this (by a passionate filmmaker who seems to know he's doing), or my pet dream - an 18-rated Jurassic Park. As in, a proper horror film, played seriously :).

Because a film where people visit a zoo and go home at the end having had a lovely time wouldn't have been quite as good.

No. Just, no.

Much like the Matrix and Tranformers, watch the first one and pretend the other two don't exist.

Well, obviously, but then I didn't suggest that.

My point was that in all of the films there was an underlying message that keeping dinosaurs (specifically) in captivity is an inherently bad idea. I submit that it's no more difficult than keeping any other large predatory animals in captivity.

Yes, accidents can happen. Sometimes animals escape from a zoo and clearly that would be the plot of any dino park story. Just quit with the eye rolling and the 'I told you this was a bad idea' motif.

That's why, in my opinion, the JP films got worse as they were made, they rehashed the same basic concept while adding little else.

Sometimes the JP films can be seen as less to do with dinosaurs as they are to do with stupid people doing stupid things.

When that guy steals the raptor eggs in JP 3...the writer should have been shot. No one would be THAT stupid, not even in a world where dinosaurs have been created and Tea Leoni stands there shouting into a megaphone.

what's the point of not reading this if they'll show you all movie in trailer. unless you're determined not to see trailer either

"not seen for billions of years"

From reading the article, I'm not sure what this "great concept" is that some posters are commenting on?

They open a new dinosaur safari park, but people are bored by it. Okay fine, but where's the great concept?

I watched JP3 last night and I honestly think it's gets a lot more stick than it deserves. Sam Neil aside, the characters are pap, but for Spinosaur vs Rex alone I'd still give it 3/5.

Dinosaur Safari Park.


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Actually, this sounds pretty damned amazing. I'm slowly opening my mind to it and I'm glad to see that they 'appear' to not be taking the generic and obvious route with this one.

I dunno - was the message of Jurassic Park that we shouldn't keep dinosaurs in captivity? Wasn't it more that we shouldn't play God and try to overturn nature by reintroducing a species that died out and was never supposed to co-exist peacefully with humans? Admittedly, like you say, a lot of dinosaurs probably wouldn't have posed a threat to humans, but those which did evolve as huge predators (like the T Rex, which the first film places as the main "antagonist") would probably naturally be hostile to humans if it encountered any, so I felt the film was always about the scientists' foolishness in trying to go against nature and reintroduce them full stop, rather than specifically an issue of whether they're in or out of captivity.

I saw a new ad for a Michael Jackson water proof phone. It makes me hate people.

Hopefully it happen to any one who owns an iphone in the film

I think this sounds fantastic. Can't wait to see what they come up with and hopefully staying away from the old characters will allow the story to stand up on its own.

I think it's more to do with the idea that it holds a mirror up to the audience who are also a bit cynical and jaded with big CGI monsters. Sort of like how good zombie films satirise consumerism/society or how good horror films have a basis in real world fears the the time.

Chris Pratt is playing Timmy i guarantee it and maybe Judy Greer for Alexis "Lex" Murphy. Would make perfect sence story wise

Chris Pratt will be playing Timmy from the first film i guarantee it and Judy Greer will most likely play his sister, makes perfect sense story wise and will flesh the movie out alot more rather than it just being another Jurassic park 3

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