The first trailer for Jurassic World introduced a big aquatic dinosaur and some even bigger ideas, including genetically-modified dinos. With the scope of the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise raised, it’s fitting that the reaction to the trailer has been equally huge, racking up over 34 millions views and a ton of fan questions.
Talking to Empire, director Colin Trevorrow addressed some of these burning questions piqued from the trailer, including the film’s decision to create a new “genetically-modified hybrid” dinosaur, and not being afraid to take the film to “Crazytown.”
“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,” said Trevorrow. “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.”
Trevorrow also talked about pitching the idea of the Mosasaurus, the water-dwelling dinosaur seen in the trailer snacking on a Great White shark.
“I didn’t know if Steven [Spielberg] and Frank [Marshall] had considered an underwater reptile, so I pitched the Mosasaurus and went off on the idea,” explained Trevorrow. “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. It’s a bonkers idea, but I’m comfortable going to Crazytown, because I used to live there when I was a kid.”
Trevorrow also talked about the final scene of the trailer — showing Chris Pratt’s character Owen riding a motorcycle alongside raptors — and fan’s concerns that it doesn’t line up with the gut-slicing predators seen in the previous films: “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.”
Lastly, although there are no T-Rexes to be found in the trailer, the director confirmed that the franchise’s famed beast will make an appearance.
The official Jurassic World site has also been updated with a new map of the remodeled park, and more virtual tools to explore the the theme park before the film opens on June 12, 2015.
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