When writer-director Colin Trevorrow and his co-writer Derek Connolly got the job of making Jurassic World – resuscitating one of the most successful movie franchises of all time – the pair quickly focused their attention on how to deliver something new, within the structure of the familiar story. Twenty-two years on from 1993’s Jurassic Park, audiences can still vividly recall how they felt the first time those ground-breaking dinosaurs appeared on the cinema screen, and Jurassic World needs to generate similar astonishment if it is to achieve anything like the levels of appreciation that the first film did.
Talking to Slash Film in May 2014, director Colin Trevorrow addressed this issue, and explained how that situation helped shape the story they came up with for Jurassic World.
“When Derek [Connolly] and I sat down to find the movie, we looked at the past two decades and talked about what we’ve seen. Two things came to the surface. One, was that money has been the gasoline in the engine of our biggest mistakes. If there are billions to be made, no one can resist them, even if they know things could end horribly. The other was that our relationship with technology has become so woven into our daily lives, we’ve become numb to the scientific miracles around us. We take so much for granted.
“Those two ideas felt like they could work together. What if, despite previous disasters, they built a new biological preserve where you could see dinosaurs walk the earth…and what if people were already kind of over it? We imagined a teenager texting his girlfriend with his back to a T-Rex behind protective glass. For us, that captured the way much of the audience feels about the movies themselves. ‘We’ve seen CG dinosaurs. What else you got?’ Next year, you’ll see our answer.”
That time is now fast approaching. The team was always going to have to produce something unprecedented for Jurassic World, in order to make an impact big enough to re-boot the juggernaut franchise, and speculation has been rife for months as to what that may be. The trailer made reference to some incredible, unseen genetic abomination of a dinosaur, but the nature of the creature has been kept carefully under wraps. Until now.
Now, via the official Jurassic World website, and reported by Empire Online, we have a subtle yet terrifying image, and a description of the new dinosaur, Indominus Rex.
“We set out to make Indominus Rex the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered. At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T-Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from Theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridised from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rygops and Gigantosaurus. Fearsome indeed.
“Indominus’ roar is estimated to reach 140-160 db – the same as a 747 taking off and landing. And it can reach speeds of 30mph…while confined to its enclosure. Come experience Indominus Rex for yourself beginning this summer. If you dare.”
While the film will almost certainly deliver surprises, it seems that Jurassic World is striving to create next-level excitement, while holding firm to the narrative the first film introduced in 1993, when Dr Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) berated the concept of the fictional park by saying, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
The true scale of Indominus Rex will be revealed when Jurassic World – starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard – is released on June 12th 2015.