Jurassic World interview Colin Trevorrow

On July 21st 2014, I was lucky to visit the New Orleans set of Jurassic World. (You can read a list of over 50 things I learned on the Jurassic World set here.) While on set, we got the chance to have an extensive sit-down interview with Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, which was conducted during the crew lunch break on a recreation of the famous visitors center from Jurassic Park. (A location which, in the film’s story, is now abandoned.) Producer Frank Marshall joined us late in the conversation.

Our conversation spanned a variety of topics, including the use of performance capture to create the dinosaurs in the new film, the idea of Weird Al having a song in the new film, bringing an independent style to the shoot, and the evolution of the Jurassic Park 4 script over the last ten years. We went into the reasons for the infamous production delay, input from Steven Spielberg, and what to expect from the new dino species.

There were fun details, too, like how a conversation with his son about Star Wars resulted in major change to the script, allegories to Black Fish and Sea World, the dinosaur stand-ins on set, and how Brad Bird not directing Star Wars resulted in Steven Spielberg finding Colin.

As I said before, the interview is extensive and so you’ll want to carve out some time to read this. Trust me, its good.

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Jurassic World performance capture

Jurassic World has a few direct callbacks to Steven Spielberg‘s original Jurassic Park. There’s the shell of the old visitor center, for one, with that famous banner still on the floor. And the original design for one of the first film’s signature attractions was used to bring her back to life for this fourth movie.

That’s right: the T. rex is back, and it’s not just a Tyrannosaurus, but the Tyrannosaurus that menaced Ian Malcolm and everyone else in the original movie. She’s older, maybe a little slower, but her nature hasn’t changed. “This movie is her Unforgiven,” said director Colin Trevorrow when we talked to him on set. Read his comments about the returning beast, as well as info about the new Jurassic World performance capture dinos, after the break.  Read More »

Jurassic World set visit

In July 2014, I had the pleasure of visiting the set of Jurassic World. After the jump you will find a roundup of over 50 things I learned on the Jurassic World set visit, ranging from cool bits of trivia (for instance: a neat suggestion Steven Spielberg made to vastly improve an idea Colin Trevorrow pitched) to interesting information about the theme park world of the film. This is probably one of the coolest sets I’ve ever visited. We will be featuring interviews from the set elsewhere on the site, so look out for those as well.

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Colin Trevorrow Jurassic World Follow-up

Many people have wondered how Colin Trevorrow ended up directing Jurassic World. I loved his indie dramedy Safety Not Guaranteed when I saw it at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival (you can read my Sundance review here) but even I didn’t expect that film to launch his career as the director of a mega sequel/reboot the size of Jurassic World.

So how did that happen? The answer might surprise you — Colin Trevorrow got the job after a chain reaction that began with director Brad Bird turning down Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Read the whole Jurassic World Star Wars connection story after the jump.

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Universal Pictures CinemaCon 2015

I just got home from Las Vegas, where for the last week I had attended the CinemaCon convention (formerly ShoWest), the largest gathering of movie theatre exhibitors each year.

Thursday afternoon we saw a presentation from Universal Pictures showcasing some of their big upcoming films including Jurassic World, Everest, Crimson Peak and The Secret Life of Pets and more. In previous years Universal has come to CinemaCon with a ton of footage from their line-up up to a year and a half in advance, this year’s presentation in comparison was disappointing. After the presentation I recorded a spoiler free Universal Pictures CinemaCon reaction video reaction with Steve from Collider, which you can watch that now embedded after the jump.

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Jurassic World Trailer breakdown

Anyone who complained the first few Jurassic World trailers didn’t show enough will be pleasantly surprised by the latest one. The new trailer reveals several new action sequences as well the official full-screen reveal of the Indominus Rex, called the D-Rex. There are also many new shots of the Pteranodons, Velociraptors and a ton of homages to the original movie. Plus, one of the money shots seen in earlier trailers has been flipped on its head here in this final version.

Below, let’s do a Jurassic World trailer breakdown with over 70 screenshots. Read More »

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As the latest trailer indicates, Jurassic World echoes Jurassic Park in some pretty obvious ways. Once again, a group of humans build a tourist attraction filled with prehistoric predators. Once again, they bicker about whether this is a good idea. And once again, the haters are proved right when it all ends in bloody catastrophe.

But whereas the humans in Jurassic World are trying to improve on a spectacular failure, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has the difficult challenge of trying to match a critical and box office smash. Will he succeed? Check out the new Jurassic World trailer after the jump.

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Jurassic World

History repeats itself this summer with Jurassic World. Both in the sense that we’re getting a new Jurassic Park sequel 22 years after the original opened, and in the sense that once again the story centers around a bunch of humans arrogant enough to believe that opening a park full of big, vicious predators is a great idea.

Not to get too spoiler-y about it, but we all know this is going to go terribly wrong for them. Otherwise, there’d be no movie. A new Jurassic World poster teases the very uneven battle to come, ahead of a new trailer due out next week. See the new Jurassic World poster after the jump.

Update: Another new Jurassic World poster has been revealed featuring the mighty Mosasaurus. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Jurassic World poster

A new Jurassic World trailer is likely right around the corner, but before that happens, a few new images have gone online. Most of them are stills from the film featuring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and others. Those are interesting but the coolest bit is a possible leaked teaser poster that features the Mosasaurus, the aquatic dinosaur we’ve seen in the trailers, trailing a shark in the water. And it’s kind of terrifying. It doesn’t say anything about the movie really, but it’s an incredibly striking image. Check out the Jurassic World poster, along with some new images, below. Read More »