Speculation around Jurassic World – the fourth Jurassic Park film – has been rife, with rumours and leaks suggesting various plot points and new dinosaurs.
Director Colin Trevorrow has decided to set the record straight however in an interview with / Film that saw him confirm some of the film's basic plots.
Trevorrow confirmed the film will take place in a fully operational dinosaur theme park and resort in line with the vision of John Hammond – who set up the original failed park and was played in the first two films by Richard Attenborough.
"Jurassic World takes place in a fully functional park on Isla Nublar," he says. "It sees more than 20,000 visitors every day. You arrive by ferry from Costa Rica. It has elements of a biological preserve, a safari, a zoo, and a theme park.
"There is a luxury resort with hotels, restaurants, nightlife and a golf course. And there are dinosaurs. Real ones. You can get closer to them than you ever imagined possible. It's the realisation of John Hammond's dream, and I think you'll want to go there."
Trevorrow had previously confirmed that the film isn't a reboot, but rather a soft-reboot set twenty-two years after the original starring just one actor from the original films. Actor (BD Wong as Dr Henry Wu) didn't even play a major role in the film, but did in the books as a master geneticist toying with the idea of messing with the dinosaurs' DNA.
Relating to this, Trevorrow confirmed the presence of a new dinosaur created specifically from the DNA of other dinosaurs on the park. "There will be one new dinosaur created by the park's geneticists. The gaps in her sequence were filled with DNA from other species, much like the genome in the first film was completed with frog DNA. This creation exists to fulfil a corporate mandate - they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth. And that's what they get.
"I know the idea of a modified dinosaur put a lot of fans on red alert, and I understand it," he assured. "But we aren't doing anything here that Crichton didn't suggest in his novels. This animal is not a mutant freak. It doesn't have a snake's head or octopus tentacles. It's a dinosaur, created in the same way the others were, but now the genetics have gone to the next level."
The director also gave a brief description of Chris Pratt's lead character Owen, who "is doing behavioural research on the raptors. They aren't trained, they can't do tricks. He's just trying to figure out the limits of the relationship between these highly intelligent creatures and human beings".
Trevorrow also described an image he hopes sets up the tone of the film. "We imagined a teenager texting his girlfriend with his back to a T-Rex behind protective glass. For us, that image captured the way much of the audience feels about the movies themselves. 'We've seen CG dinosaurs. What else you got?' Next year, you'll see our answer."
Jurassic World is currently filming in Hawaii for release on 12 June 2015.