[UPDATE: The trailer's authenticity has been debunked. READ HERE for details.]
The recent announcement that Jurassic Park 4 is going to be titled Jurassic World sparked a lot of fun speculation about what the next film could be about. Will it be like that plot synopsis that leaked online earlier this year, or could it be something else entirely?
Now, thanks to leaked footage of what is being described as a “pitch trailer” for Jurassic World, we’re getting hints that the film’s title may not be a reference to a theme park (or at least, not JUST a reference to a theme park), but rather a reference to a scenario in which dinosaurs are set loose in the world of man, wreaking havoc by upsetting our place at the top of the food chain.
First, check out the pitch trailer for Jurassic World for yourself:
It’s been awhile since my last “dinosaur studies” class, so I’m not 100% sure what the official name of that winged beast is; what I do know is that the trailer makes a very interesting case for how a Jurassic Park movie could be imagined on a global disaster scale – in a manner much more fitting (and thrilling) than Steven Spielberg’s King Kong homage with a T-Rex, as seen in The Lost World. Maybe Jurassic World will start out in an amusement park setting, but what this video depicts is something much juicer for Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow to explore.
Furthermore, the pitch of Dinosaurs invading the modern world – while no doubt close to something that Sharknado creators The Asylum might concoct – is also a great way to engage the general moviegoing audience, as the clip in the trailer (a surfer getting picked-off by a swooping dino-bird) is not too far away from something like Jaws. Speilberg’s seminal shark attack movie had people terrified to go near the water – and given the list of potential Dinosaurs we could see in JW, land, air AND sea might suddenly become frightful places to exist if you’re a mere human.
Indeed, much ado has been made by the filmmakers about how scary Jurassic World might be, and this pitch trailer certainly makes a case for that being true – while also illustrating why the movie might actually be pretty kick-ass as a 3D experience. The trailer itself was reportedly made by Iain McCaig (Avengers concept artist and Darth Maul designer) who allegedly screened the footage at a Star Wars convention in Germany. Said the spectator who posted the (bootlegged) footage on YouTube:
“All I can say is this video was shown as part of Iain McCaig’s presentation at the recent Star Wars convention in Germany (he’s the fantastic concept artist and designer of Darth Maul). I can only presume it was part of a pitch for reigniting the JP movie franchise, if anyone can confirm please let me know. It was apparently shown to Kathleen Kennedy and Steven Spielberg. Mr McCaig actually said “it certainly got Steven interested in dinosaurs again…” I just think is so cool.”
How about you – do you think the concept for Jurassic World introduced by the pitch trailer is one you want to see in a movie? Or would you rather see a human survival story set (once again) in an amusement park run amok? (Maybe a bit of both?) Something else entirely?
Jurassic World will be in theaters on June 12, 2015.