‘Jurassic World’ Director Discusses Sequels and More; First Set Images Revealed

Published 1 year ago by , Updated April 23rd, 2014 at 3:11 pm,

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The Jurassic Park movie franchise returns with a new installment, Jurassic World, in 2015, featuring Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) in his sophomore turn as a feature director. However, it doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to deduce that Universal is also resurrecting the sci-fi/horror property in the hopes that Jurassic World will be successful enough at the box office to warrant additional sequels.

Trevorrow was interviewed about Jurassic World by Empire Magazine for the latter’s upcoming 300th issue; during the course of that conversation, the topic discussion eventually turned to future Jurassic Park installments.

The filmmaker voiced his interested in coming back for said followups – “if they’ll have me” – assuming they come to pass, but perhaps more interestingly he discussed how he envisions something a little more creatively-satisfying than just more human vs. dino adventures that are only tangentially related:

“We [Universal and I] definitely talked about [sequels] a lot. We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.”

You can see what Trevorrow means, as The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III – love them, hate them, or something in between – don’t really form a complete story with the original Jurassic ParkLost World does partly build on the story and themes of Steven Spielberg’s original film, but JP3 kinda tosses that idea out the window, in favor of more pure B-movie thrill ride action. It’s good to hear that Trevorrow and his Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly are plotting out the franchise’s future more carefully than that – so long as it doesn’t come at the expense of their Jurassic Park movie being a compelling installment, on its own.

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Omar Sy as Bishop in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Nothing has been officially announced yet, but past Jurassic World casting reports have indicated that the film revolves an operational version of the Jurassic Park attraction in the present-day, with Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) playing a character whose job involves making sure the park’s dinosaurs are under-control and don’t pose a threat to guests. (How much you want to bet that he’s only so-so good at that job?)

Trevorrow, during his Empire interview, discussed the Jurassic World character played by Omar Sy – the French actor who portrays Bishop in this May’s X-Men: Days of Future Past – in relation to Pratt’s onscreen counterpart, though what he had to say could be a little too revealing for some people:


“He’s essentially Chris Pratt’s best friend. They work together and have some pretty cool action scenes together. I wanted to create a relationship there that could be memorable and potentially carry on to future films.”

The implication is that both Pratt and Sy’s characters will be alive and well by the time Jurassic World draws to a close, based on Trevorrow’s suggestion that future Jurassic Park installments – should they happen – could easily continue to develop their dynamic (see our related examination of franchise building affecting dramatic tension).

Admittedly, this is nothing that shocking, as the main characters in previous Jurassic Park movies have generally still been alive by the end; the way Trevorrow puts it, it sounds as though Sy won’t just be a disposable sidekick, either. (We’ll call him The Falcon to Chris Pratt’s Captain America.)


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Finally, in addition to offering the welcome news that Jurassic World will bring its dinosaur characters to life through animatronics – no doubt combined with digital effects – Trevorrow offered his take on the central premise on the film, while hinting at the themes and questions that arise from it:

“It’s about alpha dominance and the fact that humans have been the alpha species for a very long time, and so now we’ve brought back another that happened to be the alpha species during its time, and we have to co-exist, so what is that relationship?”

Words don’t guarantee anything, but the way that Trevorrow talks about Jurassic World is encouraging. He seems to have a genuine passion for making this film, having thus far avoided using any easy buzzwords to describe his new movie (“gritty,” “grounded,” etc.), while instead offering actual food-for-thought during his interviews on the subject to date. Add to that Trevorrow’s willingness to reuse the same tools that worked for the Jurassic Park franchise before – like practical effects for the dinos – in combination with techniques like the 3D and 65 mm formats, and there’s reason so far to think that Jurassic World could turn out well.

UPDATE: EW has premiered the first official set photos for Jurassic World. They don’t reveal a whole lot, but they do show lead Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation) in action, in addition to teasing the aftermath of what happens when a truck crosses an irate dinosaur (click any of the images to enlarge):

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Jurassic World opens in U.S. theaters on June 12th, 2015.

Source: Empire

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  1. The fact they are going back to, at least in part, animatronic dinos, is the best news I’ve heard in regards to this project in a long time.

    This film also sounds like its going to end up being one quarter original JP, one quarter Rise of the Planet of the Apes, one quarter LOST, and one quarter safety not guaranteed – which should be a perfect blend.

    After reading this I’m probably the most stoked I’ve been for a potential JP sequel since before JPIII.

    • Whhaaaa? why is she wearing all white? This takes place in 2015, not some futuristic society. Nevermind, you know what that looks like? That FOX show Sarah Connor Chronicles. That’s so Fox. As the slogan goes. Strike one Universal!

      • She’s in a lab coat you dolt…

  2. you watch jurrasic park and it still looks amazing but you watch cgi heavy movies from the early 2000s and they have not aged good at all. jurassic park will still look amazing in 40 years thanks to no cgi. this is good news

    • Um, the original Jurassic Park has CGI effects blended with anamatronic work. The fact that you, and others can’t see a difference is a testament to the artistry that went into the film. The CGI work in JP still holds up today, and, in some case, is still superior.

      • Yep, they totally managed to blend the limited CGI at the time with puppets and animatronics perfectly.

        Sky Movies added a Superheroes channel recently to show comic book films for a week or two and last night, I decided to watch Blade for the first time in years. The CGI blood effects were horrendous.

        • The CGI effects for blood in the Blade series looked like strawberry jelly they were so atrocious. I’m not surprised the studio canceled the series. The third one was the best but then it got sidelined.

      • Still, the scene when the T-Rex runs after the flare in the rain is full CG and still looks better than most CGI effects today. I think the sheer volume of CGI effects that is used these days leads to less care being taken. We’re getting presented with rush jobs, if you will, while they took every care possible to make the couple of minutes of CGI look awesome on the original Jurassic Park.

    • Dude, we share the same name and Year lol.

  3. Still undecided of whether I see this in the theater or home video. I suppose it could be good if Wu returns.

  4. Well, here’s my take on “Director Trevorrow’s Quote”:

    “It’s about alpha dominance and the fact that humans have been the alpha species for a very long time”, he explained, “and so now we’ve brought back another that happened to be the alpha species during its time, and we have to co-exist, so what is that relationship?”

    It is true that, at present, humans are the most dominant ALPHA SPECIES. We have gained and developed higher intelligence (GOD being the highest) amongst other known species. Dinosaurs were once the ALPHA and ruled the earth for millions of years in the past. And apparently, they lived much longer than we do. But what do we really know about DINOSAURS? What is their true level of intelligence and How did they manage to live very successfully? We know for a fact that what we have are just pure theories. THERE IS NO CONCRETE EVIDENCE. All we can do is to have optimum scientific guesses and be amazed on what we can discover about them.

    To be a DOMINANT ALPHA SPECIES, one has to be intelligent. BE SMARTER THAN THE OTHER. In the first three movies, they’d shown the intellectual capacity of Dinosaurs:

    JP1: They can open doors… They can break into mirrors… They can work in coordination as a team (talking about raptors here)… They are fast and agile. They are very fascinating.

    JP2: They can nurture and protect their young (T-rex & stegosaurus scenes). They did live in herds / family groups.

    JP3: Dr. Grant said, “Dinosaurs are smarter than dolphins, THEY ARE SMARTER THAN PRIMATES”. They can even communicate with each other. They can set a trap.

    “If”Dinosaurs will be brought back to life through de-extinction and will somehow pose a threat to us, with human population and technological advances especially in weaponry that we have right now, clearly, dinosaurs are outnumbered and won’t even stand a chance to survive. They will just fall in human traps and will always end up in a zoo. Because, WE ARE SMARTER THAN THEM. That’s what we think.. Because we are the dominant ALPHA SPECIES. They are just animals? Right?


    “What if” Dinosaurs are SMARTER than what we think they were?
    “What if” Dinosaurs know HOW TO LEARN?
    or maybe in a lesser degree,
    “What if” Dinosaurs and Human have the same level of intelligence?

    Well, now, that’s a completely different story… With such kind of intelligence, DINOSAURS can do really pose a big threat to our existence and in a long way, they can possibly reclaim the dominance being the ALPHA SPECIES. And we might face our own extinction. And from that, we will learn our lesson that, NO ONE IS ABOVE GOD, so don’t play like God. Because everything that we do against His will and against the will of nature is certainly have consequences.

    Well, just a thought……

    BUT… whatsoever, I’m really looking forward to this new movie and the sequels to come. I hope they can really do justice to this well-loved franchise. I’m really excited!!!