Last week a whole bunch of spoilery rumors for Jurassic World hit the internet. Usually, we humble viewers have no ability to tell just how true these types of rumors are. They could be actual factual leaks, but how are we to know? Unless, of course, the director of a movie comes right out and confirms them. Which is what Colin Trevorrow has done.
He gave an interview to /Film in order to clear up a few things, and also to state his displeasure at having to do so.
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. When I was a kid, you got to discover everything at once, it washed over you and blew your mind. 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.
So if you would like to respect what Trevorrow and the rest of the Jurassic World team is trying to achieve, and wait for the surprises, you can stop reading now. Just hit that back arrow at the top of the window, no one will judge you for it. For the rest of us who are just way too impatient to wait a whole year, let’s hear what the man has to say.
One of the big rumors last week was that the movie will be set back on the original film’s Isla Nublar. Trevorrow pretty much confirmed this later last week with this tweet:
And then fully confirmed it in this interview.
Yes. Jurassic World takes place in a fully functional park on Isla Nublar. 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.I think he thinks correctly. He also addressed the rumor that the owners of the island are encouraging repeat business by splicing dino DNA with other species to create new breeds of dinosaurs. Turns out, this one is also true.
We were hoping audiences could discover this on their own, but yes, there will be one new dinosaur created by the park’s geneticists. The gaps in her sequence were filled with DNA from other species, much like the genome in the first film was completed with frog DNA. This creation exists to fulfill a corporate mandate—they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth. And that’s what they get.
The only leak Trevorrow really wants to set straight has to do with Chris Pratt’s character. The rumor was that Pratt is training dinosaurs, and that those trained dinos will have to fight the new evil mutant dinosaur. I imagine Trevorrow’s response is said with one long eye roll.
There’s no such thing as good or bad dinosaurs. There are predators and prey. The T-Rex in Jurassic Park took human lives, and saved them. No one interpreted her as good or bad… Chris Pratt’s character is doing behavioral research on the raptors. They aren’t trained, they can’t do tricks. He’s just trying to figure out the limits of the relationship between these highly intelligent creatures and human beings. If people don’t think there’s potential in those ideas, maybe they won’t like this movie. But I ask them to give it a chance.Finally, he hints at the frustrations that must inevitably come with making movies in the age of Twitter, where everyone is able to voice their opinions on every leaked rumor (guilty).
We’re trying to tell a bold new story that doesn’t rely on a proven formula, because the movies we watch over and over again are the ones that surprised us, that worked when they shouldn’t have. I understand the risks of leaving the safe zone. 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.
Read the rest of the interview at /Film.