Jurassic World director commentates on the trailer and reveals when the park opened

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John Hammond had a dream. He wanted to create a world where humans and dinosaurs can co-exist in the same era. He wanted a theme park and resort that allowed families to witness the wonder of the extinct animals. Hammond was never able to see Jurassic Park as a fully functional park.

With the new release of the Jurassic World trailer, we finally get to see the park opened with tourists and visitors everywhere. Director Colin Trevorrow has done a commentary on the trailer and explained some scenes to Empire, like the history of the park and when it opened.

“It opened in 2005,” said Trevorrow. “Masrani Global, owned by Irrfan Khan’s character, bought InGen after John Hammond’s passing with a very earnest mission to realise his dream. We have a website that details all that backstory. It will get more interesting as we get closer to June.”

The origin of the gyroscope vehicle that you saw in the trailer was a nod to Steven Spielberg’s vision of a theme park.

Trevorrow said, “Steven [Spielberg] loves theme park rides. He wanted to create a way for people to get up close and personal with the animals, to make it a self-driving, free-roaming experience. It loads on a track, but once you’re out there, you actually get to navigate around the valley. I see no way any of that could go wrong,” he laughed.

In the trailer we saw a mosasaur eating a shark. The director wanted a water reptile and this gave him a chance to do it.

“The idea came out in one of our first meetings – I didn’t know if Steven and Frank [Marshall, producer on all the Jurassic Park movies] had considered an underwater reptile, so I pitched the mosasaurus and went off on the idea,” he said. “I thought it would be cool if we had this massive animal and the park used one of our most fearsome modern predators as food. There could be a whole other facility where they used shark DNA to mass-produce them to feed the bigger beast. Steven gave me this look like, ‘You know I get it, right?’ And I sunk a little lower in my chair. And then he said, ‘Let’s do it’.”

With the third Jurassic Park film, we were introduced to a new killer dinosaur. Trevorrow wanted to introduce a dinosaur that’s even deadlier and different, and in the trailer, we see that they have created a hybrid.

Trevorrow said, “There is no shortage of awesome dinosaurs.” He continued, “We could have populated this entire story with new species that haven’t been in any of these movies. But this new creation is what gave me a reason to tell another Jurassic Park story. We have the most awe-inspiring creatures to ever walk the earth right in front of us, but for some reason that’s not enough. We’re not entertained. We’re always hungry for the next thing, and those who profit from it are always looking to feed that hunger. The focus groups want something bigger than a T-Rex. And that’s what they get.”

As for whether we’ll be seeing everyone’s beloved carnivorous dinosaur, yes, we’ll be seeing the return of the T-Rex.

“You can bet your ass we will,” he replied. “Obviously I’d love to hold back as much as possible, but Universal has to introduce this movie to people all around the world, and in an era where we’re contending with superheroes and space epics, marketing has its own set of needs. We’re introducing a relatively new idea. No one under 25 has a memory of seeing the original Jurassic Park in a theatre. The last instalment was 14 years ago. We may see little pieces of her as we get closer – in fact, we already have – but I’m confident that we can keep much of that animal under wraps. She’s not the only danger. Far from it.”

One of the more interesting parts in the trailer is seeing Chris Pratt’s character riding on a motorcycle with a team of velociraptors at his aid. A lot of people are scratching their heads at that scene.

“I like that people aren’t sure what the hell they’re looking at,” he said. “I was concerned about putting this image in an early trailer, but I love that people are as excited about it as they are. It just reinforces that we all want to see something fresh. Those familiar homage shots in our trailer kind of mask how different this movie is from the others, and I’m relieved that people are embracing the new ideas.”

He does hint at how animal trainers have been dealing with dangerous animals, so this is more or less an extension of that.

“To not dodge the question entirely,” Trevorrow stated, “Owen’s relationship with the raptors is complicated. They aren’t friends. These animals are nasty and dangerous and they’ll bite your head off if you make the wrong move. But there are men and women out there today who have forged tenuous connections with dangerous predators. That’s interesting territory to me.”

Check out the full commentary at Empire.

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