JURASSIC WORLD director explains trained raptors and more in recent interview

Colin Trevorrow

While the trailer for JURASSIC WORLD brought a lot of smiles to faces last week after its release, it also brought with it a decent amount of questions. During a recent discussion with Empire, director Colin Trevorrow was happy to open up, answering some of the big questions in the process while claiming that he has no problem with going to “Crazytown”.

On why the creators of JURASSIC WORLD would want to create a genetically modified dinosaur, Trevorrow stated:

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.

He then went on to explain the Mosasaurus and his original pitch to executive producer Steven Spielberg and producer Frank Marshall:

I didn’t know if Steven and Frank had considered an underwater reptile, so I pitched the Mosasaurus and went off on the idea. 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.

Finally, Trevorrow discussed the ending of the trailer and the big question that’s on everyone’s minds: what is up with those raptors hanging out Chris Pratt’s character Owen?

Owen’s relationship with the raptors is complicated. They aren’t friends. These animals are nasty and dangerous and they’ll bite your head off if you make the wrong move. But there are men and women out there today who have forged tenuous connections with dangerous predators. That’s interesting territory to me.

That explanation is definitely intriguing and personally, I look forward to seeing how it all plays out. JURASSIC WORLD stars Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Jake Johnson, Vincent D’Onofrio and Irrfan Khan. It arrives in theaters June 12, 2015.

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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | Ken loves film -- whether it's collecting them or making them. He's a massive fan of creature features and giant monster flicks and hopes to create one himself one day. He also obsessively collects ThunderCats, King Kong, Pacific Rim and The Last of Us memorabilia.