The past week hasn’t exactly been dino-mite on the set of next summer’s Jurassic World. Last week, Joblo.com revealed some plot details about the top-secret sequel. “[It] was discouraging for everyone on our crew—not because we want to hide things from the fans, but because we’re working so hard to create something full of surprises,” director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) told /Film in a follow-up interview today. He also revealed a few spoilers about what to expect when Jurassic World opens to the public next July:
1. It takes place in a fully realized dinosaur park.
While the original Jurassic Park was never opened to the public, Jurassic World takes place in a functioning (and extremely popular) tourist destination on Isla Nublar, a dino-paradise near Costa Rica that draws more than 20,000 visitors a day. “It has elements of a biological preserve, a safari, a zoo, and a theme park,” says Trevorrow, who notes there’s also a golf course, restaurants and some sort of nightlife (we’re guessing it’s an EDM dance-club called Velocirapture). “It’s the realization of John Hammond’s dream, and I think you’ll want to go there.”
2. There’s a crazy-scary mutant dinosaur.
According to Trevorrow, the company behind the park has forced geneticists to make a “bigger, louder [dino], with more teeth” by bringing in DNA from their species. “This animal is not a mutant freak,” he notes. “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.”
3. Jurassic World is set in the present day.
The movie happens in the present day, 22 years after the events in the original Jurassic Park. It’s still unclear, however, whether the events of the 1997 and 2001 Jurassic sequels would be wiped out, Days of Future Past-style.
4. The tourists have gotten a bit blasé about dinosaurs
When trying to envision a typical park customer, the Jurassic World filmmakers imagined a teenager so used to seeing giant prehistoric beasties, he texts his girlfriend instead of staring at a T. Rex. “For us, that image captured the way much of the audience feels about the movies themselves. ‘We’ve seen CG dinosaurs. What else you got?’” Treverrow said. “Next year, you’ll see our answer.” In the meantime, hold on to your butts.
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