First Photos from ‘Jurassic World’, Director Talks About Sequels

By April 23, 2014

This morning, we posted some behind-the-scenes photos from the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron, and now a different potential blockbuster has released a few new images. Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World, which is filming in Hawaii right now, has given EW a couple of images, including the one above that features our first look at star Bryce Dallas Howard. Head to the link to see the other two photos, but suffice it to say that there aren’t any dinosaurs for us to see this early in the film’s marketing blitz.

The real meat of this story comes from a story in Empire in which Trevorrow (who directed the excellent indie film Safety Not Guaranteed) talks about the studio’s plans for future films in the series:

We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot. We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.

With the franchise-ization of Hollywood over the past fifteen years, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find large scale films which have their own story to tell and excel at telling it. (Inception comes to mind as an example of one that does it right.) Based on Trevorrow’s previous film work, I was hoping Jurassic World would pay homage to the movies that have come before it, but also be a self-contained story that audiences could feel pleased with when the credits rolled. His statement to Empire now has me a little confused. How can a film be “less episodic,” but also “arc into a series that would feel like a complete story”? It seems like those things are opposites of each other. It’s not the whole series that should tell a complete story, it’s the individual movies within them.

Lately it feels like more and more filmmakers aren’t able to tell self-contained stories on a large scale. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and a couple of the Marvel films don’t feel like real movies as much as chapters within a greater story. I feel like an old man complaining about this, but back in my day, when we paid to see a movie, we got the whole story – not just one section of it. I don’t know – maybe it’s just me.

JP animatronic

Elsewhere in the interview, Trevorrow offered up some thoughts about the thematic ideas of Jurassic World:

It’s about alpha dominance and the fact that humans have been the alpha species for a very long time, and so now we’ve brought back another that happened to be the alpha species during its time, and we have to co-exist, so what is that relationship?

That sounds like a good foundation on which to build this film, but let’s hope that we get more of a singular tale than just a blatant “part one” of a larger picture the studio has plotted out. One other good thing about this film? Trevorrow says that they’ll be using some animatronic dinosaurs in the movie, so that should double as a nice throwback to Spielberg’s original and also a way to incorporate more believable effects into this film. Those dinosaurs from the original still look fantastic, so it’s heartening to hear that Trevorrow is avoiding all-CG creatures in favor of that tactile feel that was so scary in the first movie.


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  • OverlordOfEvil

    I feel your pain. Movies & comics have all gone from the self-contained story format we grew up with to the 3 or 6 part story arc that sometimes feels like nothing more than a money grab. The times they are a’ changin’.