Colin Trevorrow isn’t J.J. Abrams, and that’s terrific. It means that as Jurassic World approaches its June 2015 release date, we’re going to get a good amount of early information — which is something we could really use, considering the franchise hasn’t had an entry in 13 years and hasn’t been especially satisfying since the original film. In the wake of some extra spoilery, totally intriguing plot details leaking last week, Trevorrow, who directed Safety Not Guaranteed, called up Slashfilm to clarify some things.
First, about the information that trickled out: “That’s the thing about leaks, sometimes they aren’t misinterpreted or false,” Trevorrow said. “They’re real story elements that the filmmakers were hoping to introduce to the audience in a darkened movie theater. … I hope whoever leaked it is actively trying to undermine what we’re doing. Because if they’re trying to help, they’re doing it wrong.” Trevorrow, 1; Leaker, 0.
Trevorrow went on to confirm that some of the plot details are true — spoilers starting now! — and that Jurassic World takes place on a restored Isla Nublar, where John “Spared No Expense” Hammond’s dream is alive and well in the form of “a fully functional park.” The story will take place 22 years after Jurassic Park, which is also how much time will have actually passed between the two movies.
Especially reassuring about Trevorrow’s Q&A is that we don’t need to fear a dehumanized CGI orgy. “We imagined a teenager texting his girlfriend with his back to a T-Rex behind protective glass,” Trevorrow said of the film’s inception and its relationship to technology. “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.”
Oh, and the raptors? “They aren’t trained, they can’t do tricks.” Phew. There’ll also be a brand-new genetically engineered dino, something created “to fulfill a corporate mandate — they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth.” Can we nominate the name Supersaurus? (NOPE — ALREADY A THING.)
Trevorrow also might have said the smartest thing yet when it comes to the topic of resurrecting an old series and the expectations that come along with it: “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.” He then dropped the mic, returned to Hawaii, and made the first great Jurassic movie since 1993.