While movie spoilers have become the norm in Hollywood, that doesn't mean that filmmakers involved in yet-to-be-released projects are completely used to -- or happy with -- them. That's the case for "Jurassic World" director Colin Trevorrow, who begrudgingly confirmed that some recently leaked plot details about the film are indeed true, and also discussed why he wanted to keep an air of mystery about the long-gestating project.
In an interview with Slash Film, Trevorrow addressed a set of rumors that leaked through JoBlo last week that basically gave away the entire premise of the film. It turns out that JoBlo's source was right on the money.
(Stop reading now if you don't want to know the SPOILERS.)
"'Jurassic World' takes place in a fully functional park on Isla Nublar," Trevorrow confirmed to Slash Film about the sequel's return to the site of the original "Jurassic Park." "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."
Trevorrow said he and his writing partner, Derek Connolly, were inspired by two main themes: the notion that money almost always sways decision-making, despite any horrific consequences that may arise; and that technology has become so ingrained into our society that it's almost an afterthought.
"Those two ideas felt like they could work together," the director said. "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."
In addition to those details, Trevorrow also discussed Chris Pratt's character (a scientist who's "doing behavioral research on the raptors"), and teased a "new dinosaur created by the park's geneticists" that "exists to fulfill a corporate mandate-they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth." The director also acknowledged that while some fans may be disappointed to see studio Universal go back to the once-dry "Jurassic" well, he has a clear vision he wants to see through -- and wants to treat moviegoers to something they'll love.
"We've all been disappointed by new installments of the stories we love. But with all this talk of filmmakers 'ruining our childhood,' we forget that right now is someone else's childhood. This is their time. And I have to build something that can take them to the same place those earlier films took us," Trevorrow said. "It may not happen in the same way everyone expects it to, but it's the way I believe it needs to happen. ... Will this one be different from the other movies? You bet it will. And I'm not going to pass the buck if it doesn't work. This one's on me."
The entire interview -- including Trevorrow's thoughts on the negative nature of spoilers -- is worth a read. Check it out at Slash Film.
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