This holiday weekend has seen the delivery of the first trailers for two of our most anticipated movies of 2015. Today, the big news is obviously the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer, and it’s great, but it was preceeded this week by the first look at Jurassic World, which is also a damn good time. In addition to the trailer, Universal has been using their website to great effect, regularly updating it with more and more glimpses and oblique looks at the movie, and they’ve added a bunch more for you to peruse and explore. And director Colin Trevorrow has also been stumping for his upcoming film and has quite a bit to say on the subject.
The trailer shows a little, but definitely poses more questions than it answers, which is how a trailer should be if you ask us. Talking to Empire, the Safety Not Guaranteed director did his best to answer some of the more pressing questions. The story picks up 22 years after the events of the first film, and John Hammond’s vision of a dinosaur theme park has become a reality. But attendance has flagged and in order to attract more visitors, the park has created a new dinosaur by splicing together various strands of DNA. Here’s how Trevorrow explains this choice:
This new creation is what gave me a reason to tell another Jurassic Park story. We have the most awe-inspiring creatures to ever 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.
One of the most memorable moments of the trailer is when the Mosasaurus leaps out of the water and eats a shark. Talking about this moment Trevorrow says:
I thought it would be cool if we had this massive animal and the park used one of our most fearsome modern predators as food. There could be a whole other facility where they used shark DNA to mass-produce them to feed the bigger beast. It’s a bonkers idea, but I’m comfortable going to Crazytown, because I used to live there when I was a kid.
The rest of the trailer is fine, but it’s the very end that really got me stoked. It shows what appears to be Owen (Chris Pratt), a park employee who does behavioral research with Velociraptors, riding a motorcycle leading a pack of the sinister dinos. It has a very leading-forces-into-battle feel, which is awesome. Trevorrow says:
Owen’s relationship with the raptors is complicated. They aren’t friends. These animals are nasty and dangerous and they’ll bite your head off if you make the wrong move. But there are men and women out there today who have forged tenuous connections with dangerous predators. That’s interesting territory to me.
The latest additions to the website are mostly concerned with rounding out the world of Jurassic World and let you know what to expect. And it’s incredibly detailed. There are photos of some of the dinos, with more to come, you get some of that product placement for Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville restaurant, as well as an idea of the amenities the park features. For instance, you can look over the menu for Winston’s Steak House, or see what luxuries the Hilton Hotel has to offer. And, of course, there are omnipresent safety warnings, which lends an ominous air to the proceedings.
Jurassic World opens everywhere June 12, 2015, and you can bet we’ll be seeing a lot more of it as that date approaches.