Last week I talked about the rumored leak of the frightening – and I use that term loosely – plot details of Jurassic World, the latest planned installment of Jurassic Park franchise. Between dinosaur training montages and a T-Rex that has the ability to turn invisible, it seemed like this would be either an awful movie or an amazing drinking game – or both. In an exclusive interview with SlashFilm, Director Colin Trevorrow decided to address the validity of these rumors. Well, they’re true; but it doesn’t end there. I’ve got good news, bad news, and reassuring news.
The Good News (Part I) – No Mutant Dinos:
All the rumors about the park being the fulfillment of John Hammond’s dream are true, which actually isn’t that bad. Seeing the park finally up and running places it within the initial context of the first film. Though just as chaos theory wreaked havoc on this proposed amusement park in the first film, you can be sure the stakes will be even higher now that its up and running. This is where the sliced DNA comes in.
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 the original film there was DNA splicing already going on. Since the DNA recovered from the amber wasn’t complete, the scientists at the time added in other reptile DNA to fill-in the blanks, which is what led to frog DNA allowing these – initially though to be sterile – dinosaurs to reproduce. This is the type of DNA manipulation that will be at play in this new film; and won’t go outside of what Crichton – the author of the novel Jurassic Park is based off of – suggests in his novel.
Judging by all of this, it looks like the cuttlefish snake hybrid was a lie – THANK GOD – and instead we’ll get a much more ferocious dinosaur. Trevorrow described his new creation as being ‘bigger, louder, with more teeth’, but a dinosaur nonetheless. He also noted that there would be no such thing as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ dinosaurs. They will all be the predatory/prey animals they always were. T-Rex doesn’t hunt because he’s evil; he hunts because he’s a predator. The same will be true for the team of dinosaurs associated with Chris Pratt’s character.
The Good News (Part II) – No Trained Dinosaurs:
Continuing with the good new, Chris Pratt’s character won’t be a dinosaur tamer who will make the creatures jump through flaming hoops or clap their hands to get a treat – sorry T-Rex. Pratt’s character will actually be a behavioral analyst who will be studying how the raptors interact and determine the limits of their relationships with other intelligent creatures – namely humans. In other words, think less Siegfried & Roy and more Dian Fossey’s Gorillas in the Mist. It’s certainly a novel idea; but if we’ve tried to communicate with primates and dolphins, why not raptors too.
The Bad News – Rumors Become Spoilers:
All and all, Trevorrow’s addressing of these rumors has restored my faith a little bit in the new film; but there’s a bigger problem at play here: Why confirm rumors?
Last week was discouraging for everyone on our crew–not because we want to hide things from the fans, but because we’re working so hard to create something full of surprises… Now it only takes one person to spoil it for everyone else. 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.
I agree with Trevorrow’s opinion on rumors, but at the end of the day – or week – that’s all they were. Trevorrow could have easily just denied them or said the facts were a bit misinformed. Trevorrow’s response to these claims has turned these harmless rumors into full on spoilers. There was nothing more substantial to these rumors than any other rumors. It’s all just heresay. Trevorrow might have calmed fans’ fear for the new film; but in the end he caused the very thing he hated – full-fledged verified spoilers.
The Reassuring News – A New Outlook:
It seems as though we’ve come to a crossroads. Trevorrow corrected a lot of rumors about his new film, but in doing so spoiled a lot of the mystery to expect – but did he? To be quite honest this is all spoiler, but it’s nothing a primary trailer wouldn’t already tell us. So just think of this as the trailer without the trailer. Though if that still doesn’t work, then maybe Trevorrow’s philosophy will.
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. It may not happen in the same way everyone expects it to, but it’s the way I believe it needs to happen.
Trevorrow is right. We think so much of films ‘ruining our childhood’ we forget about the story the film is trying to tell and think of it in relation to the stories that have already been told. That’s not to say there’s no such thing as bad franchise installments – I’m looking at you Transformers 2 & 3 – but as long as there’s a quality story taking place within the film itself, give it a chance.
What initially seemed like the biggest WTF story I’ve ever heard actually turned into something very new and reassuring. I’m hoping the end of Trevorrow’s film will justify the spoiled means. After hearing him speak about the project, this film seems to return to the theme of man trying to play God and induce order in an otherwise order-less realm. If that is the case, then contrary to my initial beliefs, this film will actually be more like the original Jurassic Park than any of the other installments. Sure this movie might be different, but so was Jurassic Park when it first debuted.