Jurassic World is just a month-and-a-half out from release, and so far the trailers haven't lit the Internet aflame like Universal was probably hoping they would. Then there's the criticism of the clip released featuring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, led by Avengers 2 director Joss Whedon himself. Suffice it to say, the producers of the film are no doubt looking for ways to make the buzz surrounding the film a bit more positive.
One way of doing that is to reveal that the hero of the original Jurassic Park will be returning for Jurassic World. No, no, I'm not talking about Alan Grant/Sam Neil, or Ellie Settler/Laura Dern, or any of the other human characters/actors. I'm talking about the T. rex who busted in during the climactic scene of the film and made the two raptors her lunch (literally), saving Alan, Ellie, hacker girl, and her brother from certain death.That's right, in a recent interview with /Film, director Colin Trevorrow revealed that the big bad T. rex from Jurassic Park would be appearing in the new film - perhaps even in a big way.
"The T. rex that’s in ['Jurassic World'] is the T. rex from the original 'Jurassic Park.' She is 22 years older. But she’s not limping around. [...] We took the original design and, obviously, technology has changed. So, it’s going to move a little bit differently, but it’ll move differently because it’s older. And we’re giving her some scars and we’re tightening her skin. So, she has that feeling of, like, an older Burt Lancaster. And this movie is her 'Unforgiven.' "
If Chris Pratt riding motorcycles with raptors doesn't excite you, maybe this will?
Just to be clear, Trevorrow's referring to The Unforgiven (1960) starring Burt Lancaster, not Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven from 1990. It's not completely clear how this film is like that film, nor how the T. rex will be like Lancaster's character (he wasn't old in that movie), but I certainly hope it means that we'll get to see a fight break out between her and the new hybrid dinosaur, Indominus Rex.
Then again, I remember watching Jurassic Park 3 as a young chap and being supremely disappointed when the Spinosaurus defeated the T. rex. Let's hope Jurassic World doesn't just rehash that scene with the T. rex we know and love instead - the disappointment would almost be too much to bear.
Speaking of the third Jurassic Park film, Yahoo! Movies has a report from the set of the new film that indicates that it will largely ignore the previous sequels.
Courtesy of the set visit report:
According to Trevorrow, the previous sequels aren’t being written out of continuity so much as placed to the side, as they both unfolded on a different island.
So it's about what we expected. Obviously, this film wasn't ever going to erase continuity - the sequels were disappointing, sure, but they were mostly harmless - and nobody expected them to make a big deal of Lost World and 3 either.
But does placing them "to the side" mean there won't be any references to them at all? Or can we expect some kind of minor Easter egg at some point?
What say you, Screen Ranters? Has any of this news ramped up your excitement for the new movie? Do you want to see the T. rex from Jurassic Park have a prominent role in World? Drop us a line in the comments.
Jurassic World hits theaters June 12th, 2015.