“Life will not be contained. Life breaks free. Life… finds a way.” Mirroring Jeff Golblum’s foreshadowing words in the first Jurassic Park movie, apparently spoiler info also finds a way. Plot details for Jurassic World emerged online last week over on JoBlo. While much of the information would have likely been explained in the marketing of the film, it turns out some details were significant spoilers. The filmmakers were understandably upset by this. But instead of sitting around waiting to be eaten up by raptors (fanboys upset over facts that have no context yet), director Colin Trevorrow took the 'fight fire with fire' approach by not only confirming the leaked plot details but offering more information as well.
Here are some of the highlights from Trevorrow’s email interview with /Film’s Peter Sciretta:
Trevorrow’s message to the person who leaked the details:
"When I was a kid, you got to discover everything at once, it washed over you and blew your mind. Now it only takes one person to spoil it for everyone else. I hope whoever leaked it is actively trying to undermine what we’re doing. Because if they’re trying to help, they’re doing it wrong."
Confirmation of fully functional park:
"Yes. Jurassic World takes place in a fully functional park on Isla Nublar. It sees more than 20,000 visitors every day. You arrive by ferry from Costa Rica. It has elements of a biological preserve, a safari, a zoo, and a theme park. There is a luxury resort with hotels, restaurants, nightlife and a golf course."
Timeline of the film:
"This film picks up twenty-two years after Jurassic Park."
On dinosaur behavior:
"There’s no such thing as good or bad dinosaurs. There are predators and prey. The T-Rex in Jurassic Park took human lives, and saved them. No one interpreted her as good or bad."
"Chris Pratt’s character is doing behavioral research on the raptors. They aren’t trained, they can’t do tricks. He’s just trying to figure out the limits of the relationship between these highly intelligent creatures and human beings."
"We were hoping audiences could discover this on their own, but yes, there will be one new dinosaur created by the park’s geneticists. The gaps in her sequence were filled with DNA from other species, much like the genome in the first film was completed with frog DNA. This creation exists to fulfill a corporate mandate—they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth. And that’s what they get."
Message to the fans:
"I know the idea of a modified dinosaur put a lot of fans on red alert, and I understand it. But we aren’t doing anything here that Crichton didn’t suggest in his novels. This animal is not a mutant freak. It doesn’t have a snake’s head or octopus tentacles. It’s a dinosaur, created in the same way the others were, but now the genetics have gone to the next level. For me, it’s a natural evolution of the technology introduced in the first film. Maybe it sounds crazy, but most of my favorite movies sound crazy when you describe them in a single sentence."
"I understand the risks of leaving the safe zone. We’ve all been disappointed by new installments of the stories we love. But with all this talk of filmmakers 'ruining our childhood', we forget that right now is someone else’s childhood. This is their time. And I have to build something that can take them to the same place those earlier films took us. It may not happen in the same way everyone expects it to, but it’s the way I believe it needs to happen."
Jurassic World is currently in the middle of production with aim for a June 12th, 2015 release. There are some other great tidbits in the full interview, so be sure to head on over to /Film for that.