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Following in the footsteps of the Jurassic Park technicians who had to play around with dinosaur and frog DNA until they could successfully resurrect prehistoric creatures, Colin Trevorrow decided to get creative with the narrative genetic code of next summer's Jurassic World: Dominion. "It's not structured necessarily in a way that we're used to seeing our Hollywood movies structured," the director, who co-wrote Dominion with Emily Carmichael, said during an interview with Total Film. "But it works."
This was mentioned in reference to parallel storylines involving our main protagonists — Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) — and the original Jurassic Park crew of Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). Trevorrow reiterated that the trio will play a large role in the upcoming blockbuster.
"Laura, Sam, and Jeff have as much screen time in the film as Bryce and Chris do," Trevorrow continued. "They're not together the entire time, but we are following both of their stories equally, and you have a sense they're going to collide at a certain point... there's this tension."
With the story picking up in a world overrun by animals that were supposed to have gone extinct hundreds of millions of years ago, Trevorrow wanted to shy away from the genetically-enhanced monsters of the previous two films (i.e., the Indominus Rex and Indoraptor) and present the dinosaurs in as natural terms as possible.
"I'm very much engaged in the idea that dinosaurs are animals deserving of our respect and they're deserving of our fear, all at the same time, the way that lions are," he explained. "So, this is a movie that starts to venture into a completely new dynamic, and a completely new world in which we have to figure out who has dominion over this planet."
In addition to watching a lot of nature documentaries (like the David Attenborough-narrated Planet Earth) Trevorrow also looked to certain alien invasion movies for creative inspiration. "I love alien invasion movies that feel like, 'This is what it would really look like,'" he said. "And so, we had to make a dinosaur movie that felt like, 'Well, this is what it would really be like.'"
Jurassic World: Dominion hits theaters everywhere on June 10, 2022. While we eagerly await for a teaser trailer of somekind, click here to watch a special, 5-minute prologue sequence that channels the naturalistic vibe Trevorrow was going for.
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