Last week, Universal Pictures announced that the first trailer for Jurassic World will debut on NBC during the Thanksgiving day NFL game. Surprisingly, the studio decided to launch the trailer on Tuesday, giving fans their first look two days early. If you're in need of more insight into this highly-anticipated adventure, arriving in theaters June 12, 2015, director Colin Trevorrow revealed plenty of new plot details to Empire, along with new photos from the trailer.
The plot is set on Isla Nublar, the original Jurassic Park location, 22 years after the original. The story takes place at a working theme park with live dinosaurs that attracts millions of visitors every year. Colin Trevorrow clarified that the park itself has been open since 2005. Take a look at the photos from the trailer along with the director commentary, which brings some added insight into what is being shown:
"Trailers are tough, you have to satisfy people who are looking for a reason to watch a new Jurassic Park movie, and younger people who didn't grow up on it. This movie has a lot of elements working together; it's not just sci-fi terror. It's not purely action-adventure. It's not just funny or sad or romantic. It's all of those things at once. Communicating that in two-and-a-half-minutes isn't easy."
"[The Park] opened in 2005. Masrani Global, owned by Irrfan Khan's character, bought InGen after John Hammond's passing with a very earnest mission to realize his dream. It will get more interesting as we get closer to June. The gate is practical, the environment isn't. That shot was made specially for the trailer. The film will be different."
"We set it in present day, but we've taken some scientific concepts that are in the theoretical stage now and made them real. Kind of like the first movie - we couldn't clone dinosaurs in 1993, and we still can't. It's just a more fantastic version of now."
Will we see the T-Rex, who doesn't show up in the trailer?
"You bet your ass you will."
"Steven 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."
One of the most memorable moments of the trailer is when we meet the new dinosaur, dubbed the mosasaurus, which is seen eating a live shark. Asked if that shot was an homage to Steven Spielberg's Jaws, Colin Trevorrow says:
"It wasn't intended that way, however obvious it seems. 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. 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.'"
"There is no shortage of awesome dinosaurs. 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."
"They have a kind of old school combative chemistry," says Trevorrow of his leads. "We haven't really seen what those two people are like yet, the trailer sticks to moments when they're at their most ominous and concerned. Owen and Claire are real people, and their relationship is a big part of this story. I'm not ashamed of putting a little sexual tension into my dinosaur movie."
How soon will we see the new genetically modified dinosaur D-Rex, dubbed the Dominus Rex?
"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."
What about that final shot in the trailer? Has Chris Pratt trained an army of Raptors?
"I like that people aren't sure what the hell they're looking at. 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. To not dodge the question entirely, 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."
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