In the wake of the early release of the first official Jurassic World trailer, director Colin Trevorrow offered a running commentary of the trailer to Empire and revealed some tantalizing tidbits about the eagerly anticipated Jurassic Park sequel along the way.
Including that motorcycle run.
But we’re getting a bit ahead of ourselves.
Now, one thing we saw early on in the teaser trailer is the brand-new, fully operational dino theme park. Trevorrow says of it:
"It opened in 2005. 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."
Trevorrow talked about the origin of the futuristic-looking spherical vehicle (it’s called a gyroscope) seen in the trailer:
"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."
There's also a pretty cool scene where a shark is fed to a dinosaur called a mosasaur. Colin Trevorrow says the scene was not actually meant as a nod to Steven Spielberg’s Jaws movie -- even though that's what we all thought when we saw 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'."
About the concept of having humans in Jurassic World creating new breeds of dinosaurs instead of using the many species that existed gazillions of years ago ('cause man can never leave well alone, blah, blah, blah), Trevorrow says:
"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."
Even though we're getting a big-a** dinosaur in the upcoming dino flick, the Jurassic World director also confirmed that we’d get to see a T-rex. "You can bet your ass we will." However, on the subject of that newly genetically engineered dinosaur -- which is rumored to be called a D-rex -- Trevorrow says:
"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."
Annnnd talking about the infamous bio-engineered D-rex, you can have your very first peek right now! Sure, it’s low-res, but it gives you a nice hint of what to expect in the movie.
Finally, Trevorrow talked about the (in)famous scene where Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt rides a motorcycle, with those pesky -- and mightily dangerous -- velociraptors running quite placidly alongside him:
"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."
Colin Trevorrow was then asked how Owen (the character played by Pratt) can be riding a motorcycle with a herd of raptors ...
"To not dodge the question entirely," Trevorrow started, "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."
So, what do you guys think of those tantalizing tidbits about Jurassic World? And what did you think of the D-rex?
Jurassic World gets unleashed upon us cause you know that's what'll happen in theaters on June 12, 2015.