The speculative science part of things is again further explored here, with the genetically modified Indoraptor. There's obviously the dinosaurs that existed still on on screen, but audiences are familiar with them at this point -- how important it is to push the genetic modification part, and show something totally new to audiences?
There always should be a dinosaur that's the star of the show. When you think about Jurassic World, there was the Indominus rex, in the first Jurassic Park was the T-Rex and the velociraptors. What I like about this Indoraptor is that it's one step forward in what we saw from the Indominus rex, but it's a rejected creature. It's a prototype that went wrong. Like the rest of the story, it's about empathy. It's about accepting the thing that we don't understand.
The character is introduced as a monster, but at the same time, there's a sense of empathy and feeling sorry about him. I think the ending of the Indoraptor's story, without spoiling anything, there's an echo to the original King Kong -- there's a moment where you understand the creature as it is. You don't see it as a monster, you see it as a character who was rejected, and you can even feel sorry for him.
The Jurassic films have a tradition of young kid characters, since the first, and you see it again in this one with Maisie. Which speaks to the fact that kids love these movies, no matter how intense things might get. How much of a priority was keeping things as kid friendly as possible?
Jurassic Park is a family-friendly franchise. From the very beginning, we had a very special reason to have a kid in this movie. I think Maisie takes the whole concept of this story one step forward. You develop a sense of empathy towards the dinosaurs, and make the audience accept what they don't understand. I think that was very brave and very smart from Colin. Again, the world is upside down, it's the Jurassic universe in a way that you've never seen before, and you're crossing all the red lines -- Maisie is a character that carries on the whole concept of the movie.
The film hits on a lot of genres, and you've worked in a lot of genres -- including horror. There are definitely some moments in the this act that have a horror feel. Was that something you wee consciously drawing on?
You can find horror in the first Jurassic Park. In Steven [Spielberg]'s movies, from Jaws, there's a horror element and a sense of suspense. When I think about the original Jurassic Park movies, this is one of the things that I remember that i liked the most -- the moments of Hitchcockian suspense developed in a really smart movie, and building up the tension gradually, shot by shot. I loved that. The best moments I ever had watching Jurassic movies had those moments of suspense and horror, and Colin and I wanted to get back to that same feeling in this new one.
Speaking of Colin -- he directed the first one, and co-wrote and executive produced this one. How much did you work with him? What was that relationship like?
He's the writer, and he created the whole trilogy. He established the story and the characters, the way the story evolves, and I was trying to make the best way to present the story to the audience. We worked together to make the best of every moment in the movie.
What are you looking for next as a director -- a quieter smaller-scale film, or to go even bigger?
I think it's going to get complicated to get bigger than Jurassic World! [Laughs] I feel very lucky that I'm coming from Europe, and I do movies in Europe, and at the same time I'm honored to get these offers from Hollywood. For me, it's a question of combining both worlds. I still don't know what I'm going to do next, and I'm considering offers from Hollywood and also developing in my own country. I feel very comfortable in the position of being able to work in both worlds, that are so different from each other.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is in theaters now.