The director of Jurassic World has addressed some recent leaked plot details -- by confirming them himself. Big spoilers ahead!
It was just over a week ago that someone dished out what was purported to be the main storyline for next year's dinosaur epic. Rather than circle the wagons and keep a super-tight lid on the mystery box (here's looking at you, J.J. Abrams), Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow decided to take the opposite tack and either confirm or refute the rumors directly in a new interview with Slashfilm, conducted via email from the movie's set.
It's up to you to decide whether you want to keep reading, but it's certainly a refreshing change of pace to see a filmmaker open up for the public instead of slam down the gates. Here's what Trevorrow had to say ...
Right off the bat, when asked about whether the leaked plot points are in fact real, Trevorrow says this:
That’s the thing about leaks, sometimes they aren’t misinterpreted or false. They’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 crew -- not because we want to hide things from the fans, but because we’re working so hard to create something full of surprises.
He then reveals that, yes, the rumors are true:
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. It’s the realization of John Hammond’s dream, and I think you’ll want to go there.
As for whether the movie's dinosaurs are split into "good" and "bad" camps, Trevorrow offers this:
There’s no such thing as good or bad dinosaurs. There are predators and prey. The T-Rex in Jurassic Park took human lives, and saved them. No one interpreted her as good or bad. This film is about our relationship with animals, how we react to the threat they pose to our dominance on earth as a species. We hunt them, we cage them in zoos, we admire them from afar and we try to assert control over them.
Chris Pratt’s character is doing behavioral research on the raptors. They aren’t trained, they can’t do tricks. He’s just trying to figure out the limits of the relationship between these highly intelligent creatures and human beings.
Finally, Trevorrow addresses the most controversial rumor, that the film features new dinosaurs created by genetic experimentation:
We were hoping audiences could discover this on their own, but yes, there will be one new dinosaur created by the park’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 mandate -- they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth. And that’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 aren’t doing anything here that (Michael) Crichton didn’t suggest in his novels. This animal is not a mutant freak. It doesn’t have a snake’s head or octopus tentacles. It’s a dinosaur, created in the same way the others were, but now the genetics have gone to the next level. For me, it’s a natural evolution of the technology introduced in the first film.
There's more to read in the full interview, but one final point that Trevorrow makes is quite thought-provoking:
...with all this talk of filmmakers “ruining our childhood”, we forget that right now is someone else’s childhood. This is their time. And I have to build something that can take them to the same place those earlier films took us.
Kudos to Trevorrow for his candor and his vision. He seems quite passionate about making Jurassic World as exciting as everyone wants it to be, while at the same time moving the franchise forward and not just doing the same thing all over again. Will he succeed? We'll find out in about a year, but as he says himself, "I'm not going to pass the buck if it doesn't work."
What do you think now that the rumors have been largely confirmed? Is Trevorrow on the right track?
Jurassic World is out in theaters on June 12, 2015.