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NBC Goes Behind the Scenes of 'Jurassic World' (VIDEO)

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 24, 2014 at 12:30PM

Dinosaur fans have another year to wait until "Jurassic World" hits theaters on June 12, 2015, but we've already gotten a pretty good idea of what the film is about: set, fittingly, 22 years after the original "Jurassic Park," "Jurassic World" takes place on a fully functional theme park on Isla Nublar that welcomes 20,000 visitors a year.
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Jurassic World

Dinosaur fans have another year to wait until "Jurassic World" hits theaters on June 12, 2015, but we've already gotten a pretty good idea of what the film is about: set, fittingly, 22 years after the original "Jurassic Park" (which came out in 1993), "Jurassic World" takes place on a fully functional theme park on Isla Nublar that welcomes 20,000 visitors a year.

But in this finally realized dream world of Dr. John Hammond, visitors are, well...over it.  In response, the park's overseers cook up a brand new dino--again by combining several species' DNA--that is bigger, louder and teethier.  But, of course, things go awry.

NBC's Today Show (and correspondent Jenna Bush Hager, aka George W's daughter) got a behind-the-scenes look at the "Jurassic World" set and chatted with director Colin Trevorrow and stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Asked by Bush Hager whether Trevorrow received any advice from "Jurassic Park" creator Steven Spielberg, the formerly indie director responded with an emphatic yes: "Words of wisdom, every day. He'll send ideas and he'll draw out ideas on pads of paper, and I'll shoot them."

Howard told the NBC News correspondent that "Jurassic Park" is like her generation's "Star Wars"--and said that the cast sometimes finds itself humming John William's iconic main theme while watching post-take footage.

Take a look at The Today Show's behind-the-scenes "Jurassic World" featurette below.



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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.