Production is well underway on Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow’s addition to the terrifying saga in which dinosaurs—unchecked by their local bureaucracy’s lax attitude toward zoning laws—break beyond Jurassic Park to take over the whole world, their ruthless expansion rivaled only by Walgreens. Of course, as always, that’s just speculation, owing to Trevorrow’s continued secrecy on the project. But now the director has offered a few hints in a new Empire interview.
In addition to saying he hopes this could spawn yet more sequels—sequels he says would be based partly around the “best friend” relationship shared by Chris Pratt and Omar Sy’s characters—Trevorrow also revealed Jurassic World would be about another, slightly bloodier relationship: “It’s about alpha dominance and the fact that humans have been the alpha species for a very long time,” he said, “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?” (Most likely a classic will-they/won’t they be eaten, one would think.)
But hey, who has time to ponder the intricacies of the human/genetically engineered dinosaur dynamic when there are pictures to look at? Entertainment Weekly has published the first photos from the set of Jurassic World, and they offer everything a Jurassic Park fan could want to see in a Jurassic Park movie—including islands, chairs, automobiles with cosmetic damage, and a person who is probably too attractive to be a scientist. Here they are.
An empty director’s chair overlooks Isla Nublar, where Samuel L. Jackson’s warning to everyone to hold on to their butts has clearly gone unheeded. The butts are gone. There is no longer any butt to hold onto. This is the Jurassic World we live in.
Bryce Dallas Howard’s scientist-or-something gazes expectantly at some sort of mechanical contraption that may or may not be a gun that just shoots dinosaurs right in your face now, knowing how reckless this franchise’s scientists are. “As a scientist or something, I think you were so preoccupied with whether you could invent a gun that shoots dinosaurs, you never stopped to think if you should,” Howard might say. This is what’s known as a “clever callback.”
A truck marked with the Jurassic Park logo and the word “Construction” appears to have had a minor accident, probably during a trip to Home Depot. The parking lots there are crazy. No wonder the dinosaurs are anxious to relocate.
This isn’t from Jurassic World. I just thought it was funny.