After over a decade of Development Hell, Jurassic World is the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, after the release of Jurassic Park III in 2001. It is intended to be the first of a new era in the series. Colin Trevorrow takes over as director, while Steven Spielberg remains on as an executive producer.Twenty-two years after the disastrous events at Isla Nublar in the first film, the late John Hammond's dream has finally come to pass: the island now hosts a fully-functioning theme park with dinosaurs, run by the Masrani Corporation. However, the public has gotten used to the dinosaurs and attendance is slowly declining. A new attraction developed to bring in more visitors backfires disastrously, as things done by the park's owners always do...Chris Pratt stars in the lead role of Owen, a man hired to study the behavior of the Velociraptors. Bryce Dallas Howard also appears, with Vincent D'Onofrio as the main human antagonist. B.D. Wong is the only actor known so far who is reprising his role from the original trilogy, as Dr. Henry Wu. Other actors confirmed for the movie include Judy Greer, Katie McGrath and Jake Johnson.The first official trailer was released on November 25, 2014.
Jurassic World provides examples of:
Adaptational Heroism: The Velociraptors were originally villainous in the novels and the previous films. Here they are trained by Owen and help him fight against the new threat.
Aesop Amnesia: A Foregone Conclusion, considering how bad things went in the original film. But to the Masrani Corporation's credit, the park has been running successfully for enough time that the dinosaurs are beginning to lose their wonder with the public.
All There in the Manual: The accompanying websites, viral marketing or not, provide a lot of background information on the film, such as when the park opened, Hammond's passing (see below), and Dr. Wu's future projects for genetic research (namely an endeavor to recover DNA to clone Ice Age-era mammals).
Always a Bigger Fish: The great white shark, one of the most infamous and largest predators in our world, is just a snack for the colossal sea reptile Mosasaurus, Seaworld style note Not that the great white isn't already preyed on by a bigger predator (the Orca) .
Dr. Henry Wu will be returning in a larger role than he had in the first film.
On the dinosaur side of the coin, Metriacanthosaurus, Suchomimus and Baryonyx had been referenced or mentioned in the previous trilogy, and the latter two now feature as park attractions. It remains to be seen if all three get to appear.
Owen: You just went and made a new dinosaur? Probably not a good idea.
The Dreaded: The in-universe promotional materials and guides for the park indicate that Velociraptors, being the vicious surplus hunters they are, have been excluded from the list of creatures tourists can view, even while other predators such as T. rex and Mosasaurus have not.
Genre Savvy: Owen is not convinced that making a new dinosaur was a good idea. If that doesn't qualify, his being able to train raptors should.
The park management has wised up a bit too, to their credit. Whatever they've been doing in the park, it's worked well enough that the park has been operational and thriving for ten whole years.
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: The predicament the park managers face at the beginning is the fact that attendance has been gradually decreasing as people come to take living dinosaurs for granted. This mirrors how in real life the CGI revolution sparked by this franchise in The Nineties has resulted in big budget special effects no longer being the major, automatic audience-attractor they used to be beforehand.
It can also be interpreted as a parallel to how the franchise itself has suffered over time, with both the second and third movies not nearly achieving the success the first film had.
Mega Corp.: The Masrani Corporation, the park's new sponsors, very much fit here - at least according to the viral marketing website. In fact, it's even implied that Jurassic Park represents only a tiny percentage of the Corporation's annual revenue, as their main business investments are in oil, renewable energy, and telecommunications.
Mix-and-Match Critters: The Masrani Corporation, seeking to revive dwindling interest in the park, commissions something bigger and nastier to be genetically bred in a laboratory, incorporating traits from various species, prehistoric and modern. Note that this is a similar premise to the Jurassic Park: Chaos Effect toyline.
Mythology Gag: The description for Isla Nublar's golf course describes it as "the only golf course that was sixty-five million years in the making", a callback to the tagline of the original film.
John Hammond was planned to pass away by the end of The Lost World, but the scene was cut from the film, leaving Hammond's status unknown during Jurassic Park III. The Masrani Corporation's website accepts the deleted scene as canon, stating that Hammond passed away in 1997 (the year The Lost World was released), and InGen being acquired by Masrani a year later.
In August 2014, after the death of Lord Richard Attenborough, Colin Trevorrow tweeted a picture of a statue of Hammond in the new Visitor's Center.
The Reveal: In a leaked clip from an unfinished version of the debut trailer, a Velociraptor is seen advancing menacingly towards Owen. Then it's revealed that Owen is training multiple raptors, and that they listen to his commands.
Seldom Seen Species: Metriacanthosaurus, Baryonyx, Suchomimus, Microceratus, and the flying reptile Dimorphodon make their debuts as park attractions.
The Smart Guy: Dr. Wu, naturally, for InGen. His genetic work is described as usually shattering investor's expectations.
Spared by the Adaptation: Dr. Wu is set to appear in this episode having gotten off the island in the original film; he wasn't so lucky in the novel.
Stock Dinosaurs: Tyrannosaurus rex, Velociraptor, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Parasaurolophus, Gallimimus, Pachycephalosaurus, and the flying reptile Pteranodon all return for the film, with the new addition of classic Stock Dinosaur Apatosaurus, and the sea reptile Mosasaurus. An early teaser shows Quetzalcoatlus although it's unknown whether they are present in the park.
Tempting Fate: Gray and Zach's mom jokingly telling them to run if anything starts chasing them is probably going to come back to bite her considering how these movies usually play out.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A major plot point is that the public has gotten used to the spectacle of cloned dinosaurs, hence the Masrani Corporation's turn to further genetic experimenting to try to revitalize interest in the park.