Contrary to popular belief, Colin Trevorrow's still molding the blockbuster landscape of our future, despite being canned from Star Wars: Episode IX. For instance, the script for next summer's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is written by Trevorrow and his frequent collaborator Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guaranteed). If that doesn't put fear in your belly, know that Trevorrow is prancing about Hollywood, letting everyone know that he's not only the author behind this sequel, but that it sets up Jurassic World III, as well.
During a recent interview with the international press (posted to YouTube by Sebas Tabany), Trevorrow was asked about the idea at the center of Jurassic World, in relation to Mary Shelley's classic Frankenstein. Here's his response, which might also double as an explanation for Jurassic World:
“To me it’s about greed. The first film is about how if there’s money on the table, there will be somebody who will do the worst imaginable things, or in a lot of cases, the dumbest imaginable thing in order to get that money. This film focuses a little bit more on our responsibility for these animals that we’ve made as a result of that greed, but also just the darkest and worst instincts of humans, again, if there’s money involved.”
Sure Colin, whatever. Not content to stop there, Trevorrow rejected the notion of soldiers riding T-Rexes (which is a way more interesting direction than what we've gotten thus far from him):
“It’s important that we keep it at least grounded in a space where the dinosaurs are a parable for animals in the world today. I think that ultimately, when people are able to watch this film and where this franchise is going, it really is about the ethical treatment of animals in the world and our responsibility to the living creatures that we share the planet with, alongside our responsibilities to the planet itself. I think the riding of a t-rex by a soldier is a level of fantasy, [while] I love it and I would love to see it, I don’t know if it’s specifically this franchise, but it’s super cool.”
When asked about comparisons folks are making to between Steven Spielberg's first JP sequel, The Lost World, and the upcoming Fallen Kingdom (based on the recently released trailer), King Trevorrow scoffs at such insolence:
“It looks like it is because they all go to a fog-covered, scary island with dinosaurs on it, but it goes to a very, very different place than anyone expects. Really the heart and soul of the movie, the turn of the story, is not what we’ve shown in this trailer. It’s very much not like The Lost World.”
Instead, Dat Boi Colin goes on to talk about the time he gave Spielberg a schooling in what modern franchise filmmaking looks like:
“I knew where I wanted it to go. I remember telling Steven [Spielberg] even while we were making the first movie, 'This is the beginning. Here is the middle. And here’s the end of the end.' This is where we want to go. I feel like that kind of design is crucial to a franchise like this if you really want to bring people along with you and make sure they stay interested. It needs to be thought through on that level. It can’t be arbitrary, especially if we want to turn this into a character-based franchise with people who you lean in to follow what they’re going to do.”
Once finshed making the man who crafted Jaws cower in fear before his knowledge, Trevorrow closes with:
“At the end of this movie, it’s not a cliffhanger, but it’s designed for people to want to know what’s going to happen next, whereas the earlier Jurassic Park movies had pretty clear definitive endings. They were much more episodic. In working with Derek Connolly, my co-writer, we were also thinking about where it was gonna go in the future.”
The future belongs to Colin Trevorrow. We're all just living on the time he lends to us.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is directed by someone other than Trevorrow, as his vision was just too mighty for our eyes. Instead J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage) was allowed to make the movie on his behalf, and will melt our faces off on June 22nd, 2018.