It’s been over a decade since the last installment in the Jurassic Park film franchise, and nostalgic fans have been eager to see just how the newest film, Jurassic World, will play out. Will it be a thrilling return to the same quality that made the first Jurassic Park so successful and widely beloved, even today? Or will it be a ridiculous attempt to cash in on nostalgia? The film won’t be released until next year, but here is what we know—so far—about Jurassic World!
Many fans were hoping that Spielberg could be convinced to direct this new film, but he declined the offer. Joe Johnston, the director of Jurassic Park III, also declined to return to the dinosaur genre. Universal Studios ended up picking Colin Trevorrow–a relative unknown–to be the director.
Fans were definitely hoping that Sam Neill would return for another round with a T-rex, but the actor declined to participate. Some minor cast members from the first three films may be set to return, but the lead film is a newcomer to the franchise: Chris Pratt, best known for his performance in Guardians of the Galaxy.
It’s Not Your Average Park Anymore
The trailer for the film revealed something completely new to the franchise—the dinosaurs, or so the park directors would like to believe, have finally been “controlled.” Jurassic Park is not a failed experiment or an abandoned remnant to be salvaged; it is a full-fledged theme park with rides, restaurants, gift shops and attractions. The trailer showed that the park has been successful for some time now, and there have been no notable mishaps since the revamping of the project—at least, not yet.
Chris Pratt Has a Raptor Gang (Sort Of)
One of the most talked-about scenes from the firm’s trailer was an action-oriented shot of Chris Pratt (who plays a man named Owen) riding on his motorcycle with a gang of raptors speeding beside him—raptors who are definitely not trying to eat him, unlike every raptor in the film’s first three movies. Director Trevorrow revealed in an interview that Owen has an interesting and complicated relationship with the raptors and while they aren’t “friends,” he likens Owen’s relationship to them to people in the real world who have formed “tenuous connections” with dangerous animals, including wolves, lions and even bears.