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The first trailer for Jurassic World was released to a fairly positive reception among Jurassic Park fans, but after learning of the film’s "big bad", the question couldn’t help but be asked: why a genetically mutated hybrid dinosaur? Do you mean to tell me that in the entire dinosaur population, there simply was not a dino big and scary enough to slake the thirst of today’s moviegoers? Colin Trevorrow, the co-writer of the Jurassic World screenplay and the film’s director seems to think so.
Trevorrow spoke to the use of a "new" dinosaur--that rumored to be called the D-Rex-- in an interview with Empire Magazine:
"There is no shortage of awesome [real] dinosaurs. We could have populated this entire story with new species that haven’t been in any of these movies. But this new creation is what gave me a reason to tell another Jurassic Park story. We have the most awe-inspiring creatures to ever walk the Earth right in front of us, but for some reason that’s not enough. We’re always hungry for the next thing, and those who profit from it are always looking to feed that hunger. The focus groups want something bigger than a T-Rex. And that’s what they get."
With the introduction of this allegedly-named D-Rex-- I hope this name isn’t anything more than a rumor--does that mean we’re not going to be seeing anymore of the T-Rex? After all, that dinosaur is one of the film franchise’s most iconic beasts, and it’s also the one dinosaur that almost any casual dinosaur fan can easily identify. When Empire asked Trevorrow if we’d see any T-Rexes in Jurassic World, Trevorrow was quick to assure his fans, "You bet your ass you will."
Like the other Jurassic films, the humans will be running from several dinosaur threats, not just the D or T-Rex. As we see in the teaser, we’ll get more raptors in the film (though if the trailer is any indication, Chris Pratt managed to gain their trust and tame them...or something). Even more than raptors, we’ll get a bit of a closer look at the aquatic beast, the mosasaurus. You might remember this guy from the trailer. He was the one chowing down on an entire great white shark. When asked about the crazy snack option for the mosasaurus, Trevorrow had this to say:
"I thought it would be cool if we had this massive animal and the park used one of our most fearsome modern predators as food. There could be a whole other facility where they used shark DNA to mass-produce them to feed the bigger beast. It’s a bonkers idea, but I’m comfortable going to Crazytown, because I used to live there when I was a kid."
Jurassic World is clearly going to be a one-way ticket to Crazytown, for sure. However, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t incredibly excited for this new Jurassic film. Sure, the premise may be nuts, but the Jurassic Park films know how to make a fun, exciting dinosaur movie. I know I’ll be there to see this movie the weekend it premieres. You can get your very own ticket to Crazytown when the movie hits theaters on June 12, 2015.