The next installment in the Jurassic Park franchise isn’t set to hit theaters until next summer, but Jurassic World has been the subject of endless rumors and much interest as moviegoers are eager to find out the details on what has happened at the dinosaur theme park in the 20 years since the original Steven Spielberg-directed Jurassic Park debuted.
Jurassic World is currently filming in New Orleans, and Today got a look behind the scenes with stars Chris Pratt (Parks and Recreation) and Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help), as well as new director Colin Trevorrow, who was hand-picked by Spielberg to direct the movie. Spielberg is the film’s executive producer, and Trevorrow told Today that he has been a key source of advice by providing “Words of wisdom, every day. He’ll send ideas and he’ll draw out ideas on pads of paper and I’ll shoot them.”
The film takes place 22 years after Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond came up with the idea for a dinosaur theme park and started creating dinosaur specimens using DNA extracted from prehistoric mosquitoes fossilized in amber. Pratt said of Jurassic World to Today: “People from around the world, 20,000 visitors a day, come to see the dinosaurs and see the several attractions. It’s been around long enough to where attendance starts to fall off a little bit. So they’ve decided to come up with a new attraction to bring even more people in. You’re never gonna believe it, but it doesn’t go well.”