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Indie-Turned-'Jurassic World' Director Trevorrow Sets Record Straight on New Plot Details and Leaks

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 29, 2014 at 12:15PM

After a series of leaks last week about the upcoming "Jurassic Park" sequel, SlashFilm got a chance to email with director Colin Trevorrow ("Safety Not Guaranteed") to clarify what's rumor and what's real. We've rounded up some highlights, below.
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After a series of leaks last week about the upcoming "Jurassic Park" sequel, SlashFilm got some email answers direct from the source: director Colin Trevorrow ("Safety Not Guaranteed"). He clarified what's rumor and what's real. We've rounded up some highlights, below.

The gist of the leak was that this new installment follows a storyline where a dino with spliced DNA -- a mix of a T Rex, raptor, snake and cuttlefish -- is created due to corporate greed for something bigger and better to show visitors to the park (which, not surprisingly, is called Jurassic World). But the beast escapes and causes havoc. See how that lines up with what Trevorrow has to say.

Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy, Vincent D'Onofrio and Irrfan Khan make up the new cast.

"Jurassic World" arrives in theaters on June 12, 2015.

Trevorrow on whether the leaked info was true:

Yes. Jurassic World takes place in a fully functional park on Isla Nublar. It sees more than 20,000 visitors every day. You arrive by ferry from Costa Rica. It has elements of a biological preserve, a safari, a zoo, and a theme park. There is a luxury resort with hotels, restaurants, nightlife and a golf course. And there are dinosaurs. Real ones.

On when this new film is set, and what the world's like:

This film picks up twenty-two years after "Jurassic Park."

What if, despite previous disasters, [in this world] they built a new biological preserve where you could see dinosaurs walk the earth…and what if people were already kind of over it? We imagined a teenager texting his girlfriend with his back to a T-Rex behind protective glass. 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?” Next year, you’ll see our answer.

On whether there will be a new breed of dinosaur introduced:

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 gaps in her sequence were filled with DNA from other species, much like the genome in the first film was completed with frog DNA. This creation exists to fulfill a corporate mandate—they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.