The internet exploded into frenzied commenting and forensic dissection when the first full trailer for the upcoming movie Jurassic World first appeared earlier this week. As the initial furor died down, so the negative comments rose to the top — voicing a sense of disappointment felt by some fans regarding the use of computer generated images (CG) in the footage, along with the central premise of a genetically modified dinosaur being the cause of the trouble.
Though questioned and criticized, the decision to use a “made-up” dinosaur, as opposed to one of the many species that has actually been discovered, fits with the idea of this fourth Jurassic movie being a re-boot of the franchise. Previous installments always tended to telegraph the next iconic dinosaurs at the end of the previous movie. The introduction of a whole new dinosaur breaks that chain and effectively begins an entirely new story, while paying respect to the original.
The director of Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow, spoke exclusively to Empire Magazine and addressed the issue.
“There is no shortage of awesome [real] dinosaurs. We could have populated the entire story with new species that haven’t been in any of these movies. But this new creation is what gave me a reason to tell another ‘Jurassic Park’ story. We have the most awe-inspiring creatures ever to walk the Earth right in front of us, but for some reason, that’s not enough. 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.”
While audiences expressed what were ultimately mixed reactions to the trailer, Trevorrow’s message to them was clearly that what they are now experiencing is exactly the kind of hunger-feeding he is referring to. The release of the finished film is still seven months away, so some may characterize the trailer release as being a little premature. In fact, it was released a day earlier than the studio originally indicated it would be. The anticipation it has generated, however, is the perfect demonstration of that human need for “the next thing.”
The quality of the trailer is a direct result of this early release as, clearly, the production still has months of work left to do on the visual effects and sound. As reported by NME, Trevorrow also took to Twitter to answer genuine questions from fans — particularly about the balance of practical effects and CG images.
@TheHoyt08 The gate is practical, the environment isn't. That shot was made specifically for the trailer. The film will be different.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) November 25, 2014
In what seemed like a final response, the Jurassic World director tweeted a quote that, again, is meaningful in terms of the plot of the film, and also in terms of anticipation for seeing the finished product.
"Creation is an act of sheer will. Next time, it will be flawless.” http://t.co/m80o6TAmGl
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) November 28, 2014
Jurassic World is released on June 12, 2014, and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, B.D Wong, and Judy Greer.
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