Colin Treverrow, the man entrusted by Universal to relaunch the Jurassic Park franchise with Jurassic World next summer, has just dropped some major spoilers for the upcoming film. In his defense, he did this as a response to some leaks that hit the web last week, and he’s trying to take ownership of the story while reprimanding the loudmouth that spilled the beans.
“Thatâ€™s the thing about leaks, sometimes they arenâ€™t misinterpreted or false. Theyâ€™re real story elements that the filmmakers were hoping to introduce to the audience in a darkened movie theater. But unfortunately, in 2014, you read about it on a computer. Last week was discouraging for everyone on our crewâ€“not because we want to hide things from the fans, but because weâ€™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 weâ€™re doing. Because if theyâ€™re trying to help, theyâ€™re doing it wrong.”
Treverrow then goes on to confirm some things so, before you go on, here is your *SPOILER ALERT*
Proceed with caution…
“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. Itâ€™s the realization of John Hammondâ€™s dream, and I think youâ€™ll want to go there.”
Ah. And what about the dinos, themselves? Should we expect a new breed or two to be mixed in with the classic beasts we’ve become so familiar with?
“We were hoping audiences could discover this on their own, but yes, there will be one new dinosaur created by the parkâ€™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 mandateâ€”they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth. And thatâ€™s what they get.
I know the idea of a modified dinosaur put a lot of fans on red alert, and I understand it. But we arenâ€™t doing anything here that Crichton didnâ€™t suggest in his novels. This animal is not a mutant freak. It doesnâ€™t have a snakeâ€™s head or octopus tentacles. Itâ€™s a dinosaur, created in the same way the others were, but now the genetics have gone to the next level. For me, itâ€™s a natural evolution of the technology introduced in the first film. Maybe it sounds crazy, but most of my favorite movies sound crazy when you describe them in a single sentence.”
Thematically, the director says that the film explores the state of our dependence on technology, coupled with our apathy towards nature. The film takes place twenty years after the first Jurassic Park, and- in real world terms- our society has evolved, and he hopes to tackle that in an entertaining way.
“When Derek [Connolly] and I sat down to find the movie, we looked at the past two decades and talked about what weâ€™ve seen. Two things came to the surface.
One was that money has been the gasoline in the engine of our biggest mistakes. If there are billions to be made, no one can resist them, even if they know things could end horribly. The other was that our relationship with technology has become so woven into our daily lives, weâ€™ve become numb to the scientific miracles around us. We take so much for granted.
Those two ideas felt like they could work together. What if, despite previous disasters, they built a new biological preserve where you could see dinosaurs walk the earthâ€¦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. â€œWeâ€™ve seen CG dinosaurs. What else you got?â€ Next year, youâ€™ll see our answer.”
Jurassic World arrives on June 12, 2015.