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 a producer.
Twenty-two years after the disastrous events at Isla Nublar in the first film
, John Hammond's dream has finally come to pass: the island now hosts a fully-functioning theme park with dinosaurs, run by the Patel 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. Other actors confirmed for the movie include Judy Greer
, Katie McGrath
and Jake Johnson
Jurassic World provides examples of:
- Ascended Extra:
- 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.
- Aesop Amnesia: A Foregone Conclusion, considering how bad things went in the original film. But to the Patel Corporation's credit, the park has been running successfully for enough time that the dinosaurs are beginning to lose their wonder with the public.
- Big Bad Ensemble: Vincent D'Onofrio plays the main human antagonist, while a new dinosaur will be the dinosaur Big Bad.
- Canon Immigrant: Mosasaurus appears in the film, after playing a prominent role in Jurassic Park: The Game.
- In Memoriam: Though John Hammond was planned to pass away back in The Lost World, it never made it into the final cut of the film. He was implied to not have long to live, considering he was nearly bedridden and was concerned for his legacy and the fate of the dinosaurs. In August 2014, after the death of Richard Attenborough, Colin Trevorrow tweeted a statue of Hammond to be featured in the film, making the tribute all the more poignant.
- Mix-and-Match Critters: The Patel 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.
- Seldom Seen Species: Metriacanthosaurus, Baryonyx, Suchomimus, Microceratus, and the flying reptile Dimorphodon make their debuts as park attractions.
- 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, another flying reptile Quetzalcoatlus, and the sea reptile Mosasaurus.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: A major plot point is that the public has gotten used to the spectacle of cloned dinosaurs, hence the Patel Corporation's turn to further genetic experimenting to try to revitalize interest in the park.