In a sitdown with Yahoo! Movies, director Colin Trevorrow explains that "Jurassic World" is actually a direct sequel to Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic "Jurassic Park."
The other two films, 1997's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and 2001's "Jurassic Park III," aren't being retconned out of existence, but rather set aside, because they take place on another island, Isla Sorna. "Jurassic World" returns to Isla Nubar, where a theme park is now operating, although perhaps not exactly as envisioned.
Trevorrow said his hope is to pay tribute not just to "Jurassic Park," but to Spielberg.
"I felt like I had a responsibility to do it," he said. "Mostly for Steven [Spielberg], in thanks for all he’s done for all of us and how much his movies meant to me in my childhood. But also, if one is asked to do this, it’s almost insulting to everyone else to say no. We’d all love this privilege -- to be able to re-create a film that meant so much to us."
Opening June 12, "Jurassic World" stars Chris Pratt, stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, BD Wong, Irrfan Khan, Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins.