Making of Jurassic World

As a sequel, Jurassic World is naturally beholden to Jurassic Park in a number of ways. It expands on the mythology established by Steven Spielberg‘s original film, and calls back to it in ways both obvious and unexpected.

But Jurassic World isn’t just indebted to Jurassic Park in a general sense. As revealed by director Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World came out of one very specific quote in Jurassic Park — and another very specific quote will serve as the basis of Jurassic World 2. Find out which Jurassic Park quote inspired Jurassic World after the jump.

Speaking to Jurassic Cast (via Coming Soon), Trevorrow revealed how exactly Jurassic Park inspired Jurassic World.

Honestly, the trilogy is articulated in Jurassic Park, it’s all in there… Jurassic World is all based on Ian Malcolm’s quote, ‘You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you wanna sell it.’ That to me is Jurassic World, that’s why I had all the product placement, that’s what it was.

The inspirations don’t stop there. Jurassic World 2 will also be based on a Jurassic Park quote, as Trevorrow explained.

The second one, Jurassic World 2, and as we were driving we tried to find, what is the foundation? ‘Dinosaurs and man, separated by 65 million years of evolution have been thrown back into the mix together. How can we know what to expect?’ That’s why it’s exciting that the movie did well, that leaves us a lot of room to run, and it was part of this design, it had a beginning, middle, and end when we wrote the first movie. Now that the movie did well, we get to play that out.

While Trevorrow isn’t planning to direct Jurassic World 2 (he’ll be tied up with some other stuff, as you may have heard), he is back to write the script with Derek Connolly. In earlier interviews Trevorrow has revealed that Jurassic World 2 would see dino breeding going open-source, with presumably disastrous results. Now, he’s expanded on how the sequel will kick things up to the “next level.”

It will get to be a different kind of film. The audience has given us permission to a certain extent to take this to the next level, and I don’t necessarily mean in scale, I feel very strongly that it’s not about more dinosaurs or bigger and better dinosaurs, it’s about using this as a starting point for a much larger story about our relationship with these animals and about animals in general and the dynamic created by bringing them back to life.

That progression will apply to characters like Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) as well, said Trevorrow.

Jurassic World was very much made with the fans in mind, and I’m not going to forget it, but now we’ve seen a lot of ‘dinosaurs chasing people around on an island’ movies. I think you guys and also the general audience is going to be down to explore where else we can go. We know Owen is going to be in it and Claire will be in it and neither will be in the same place that we left them in this movie, Even though Claire is the one who evolves the most over the trilogy, it’s her story that mirrors this changing world, Owen has s**t to deal with. The two of them opened Pandora’s Box in Jurassic World and each of them are responsible for different elements of it in different ways, and I think the way that these characters are connected to the circumstances of what’s happening it’s different than the previous films. It’s not ‘Let’s manufacture a way to get them somewhere,’ they’re embedded into it now in a way that as story tellers makes it much easier for us to keep them involved and doesn’t feel as contrived.

While Trevorrow didn’t delve too deep into specifics (understandably), it sounds like we can expect Jurassic World 2 to keep the franchise fresh by shaking up the formula. Look for the new film to arrive June 22, 2018.

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