In the original Jurassic Park, released back in 1993, Dr. John Hammond, (Sir Richard Attenborough) envisioned a time when people from around world could visit a special theme park and experience living and breathing dinosaurs.
In the new chapter, executive produced by Spielberg, the park is located on an island just off Costa Rica. Kids ride on gentle creatures known as mini Tricceratops; the whole family watch dinosaurs wander around the grounds; and an aquatic Mosasaurus – to the delight of crowds – leaps from a pool to snatch a great white shark dangled as a snack.
Like everything, of course, it all comes down to bucks. Dr. Henry Wu, the local genecist, understands that innovation is key to a steady revenue stream from the park.
Behind the scenes he has been working on the Indominus rex. – a genetically modified dinosaur that has never previously walked the earth. No one knows what it’s capable of, so when the creature embarks on a rampage – humans, dinosaurs, dogs, cats and mice – are all under threat.
Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) – the park’s corporate manager – is especially worried about her two nephews, who just happen to be visiting for a few days. That’s when she teams up with Owen (Chris Pratt), an ex-military expert in animal behavior, to put things right.
“A lot of people that I bump into whom I’d never met before would remind me by simply asking, ‘When is the next Jurassic Park coming out?’ says Spielberg in the film’s production notes. “That accumulated after a while, and I started to put some thought into it.”
As a result, Spielberg met with top storytellers to figure out how to spring the park to life.
“Jurassic World is almost like seeing Jurassic Park come true. We wanted to fulfill this dream in Jurassic World: to have a truly working theme park that is devoted to this miracle of creating dinosaurs from DNA. This is the realization of Michael Crichton’s dream, which then transferred to John Hammond’s dream. This, hopefully, becomes the dream that the audiences have always wanted to see.”
In picking Jurassic World’s director, Spielberg and producer Frank Marshall felt Trevorrow was ripe for the mission. His 2012 short Safety not Guaranteed was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival, and eventually grabbed up an Independent Spirit Award.
“I had seen Safety Not Guaranteed and the very last scene was what convinced me that Colin was the right person to direct Jurassic World. Colin was completely enthusiastic, both as a filmmaker and as a fan, but also had a story to tell. “
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Stars: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onfrio, BD Wong and Irrfan Khan
Screenplay By: Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow
Producers: Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley
Executive Producers: Steven Spielberg & Thomas Tull
Source: Press Notes
Image Info: Photo Credit: Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment. Copyright: © 2015 Universal Studios and Amblin Entertainment, Inc. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.