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.”
Howard compared Jurassic Park to another big franchise that is in the process being rebooted and has also been under constant speculation from the media and fans as people are desperate to find out its plot details: Star Wars. “I feel like Jurassic Park was our generation’s Star Wars – it’s a really big deal,” Howard told Today before humming the former’s iconic theme song.
Trevorrow recently made the somewhat controversial decision to reveal some plot details about the film after various reports began to appear online. At the end of last month, in an email interview with /Film, the director basically ended up confirming that the rumors were not rumors, but spoilers, as the scoop on the movie had been true.
“That’s the thing about leaks, sometimes they aren’t misinterpreted or false. They’re real story elements that the filmmakers were hoping to introduce to the audience in a darkened movie theater. But unfortunately, in 2014, you read about it on a computer… 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,” the director said.
Trevorrow revealed to /Film that Jurassic World will take place on a Caribbean island luxury theme park full of live dinosaurs for visitors to view, including a new breed of dinosaur even scarier than those seen before. “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 creation exists to fulfill a corporate mandate — they want something bigger, louder, and with more teeth. And that’s what they get.”
The director is clearly frustrated with the online rumor mill that comes with making an anticipated film in the Internet age, and he’s not the only one. J.J. Abrams, who’s helming the Star Wars reboot Star Wars: Episode VII, has been very tight-lipped about details on the film, and has taken extra precautions while filming to try and stop details from escaping the set. The question on filmmakers’ minds is whether viewers will care to show up for a movie if they already know — and have seen pictures of — what’s going to happen. If Jurassic World is already the subject of this much attention a year before its release, will anyone still care by the time the movie actually comes out?
Given the huge fan bases both franchises have, which of course is what warrants all the interest in rumors and spoilers, the films will probably do just fine at the box office. It seems filmmakers will just have to adapt to a landscape in which super fans might know more about a film going in than a director might prefer. Jurassic World will hit theaters on June 12, 2015.
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