Colin Trevorrow was a surprising choice to direct Jurassic World. It’s not that his first film Safety Not Guaranteed wasn’t a sweet, concise, and funny romantic, time-traveling comedy. It was actually all of those things and more. But it lacked the mainstream spectacle that Hollywood offers up in the summer. So when Trevorrow was hired to direct Jurassic World, the relatively untested filmmaker decided to blend his own apprehension for the project into the script, plugging in a cynical, albeit realistic view of why Jurassic World was ordered.
Speaking to The Daily Beast, Trevorrow noted that there are several parallels between the development of Jurassic World over at Universal and the plight of the Masrani Corporation - the company that own the fully functioning dinosaur theme park in Jurassic World. Working with co-writer Derek Connolly, Trevorrow incorporated his on views on working within the studio system while writing the film, and in some ways made the film a scathing critique of the industry. Trevorrow explained:
The reality of what was going on with us was we looked around and we had a corporation that need a movie to hit a release date, in order to please its shareholders, and whether that was a good idea or not that was happening. So we wrote a whole dinosaur movie about that.
Trevorrow admitted that while the creation of the Indominus rex, the hybrid dinosaur that wreaks havoc throughout Jurassic World and is hunted down by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, doesn’t overtly represent any idea or theme, he did concede that its creation "is a little bit about that thirst for profit; that need for profit being a dehumanizing and potentially negative force that can leave a lot of bodies in its wake."
I’m sure that Colin Trevorrow didn’t mean to compare his employers Universal Studios to a man-eating, island-destroying dinosaur, but it’s also good to hear a director talking about the ideas behind a big-budget blockbuster in a serious and intelligent fashion.
Of course, the main job of Jurassic World will be to entertain the masses, but it doesn’t do the medium any harm for these films to have a serious and understated analogy behind them - which audiences can talk about and analyze if they like. The early onset of reviews for Jurassic World have been largely positive, while it also looks set to take in a huge amount of cash when it hits cinemas on Friday too. So even if Colin Trevorrow was thumbing his nose at them a bit, Universal should be able to forgive him once the cash starts coming in.