JURASSIC IS BACK
The dinosaur movie franchise is part of the collective memory for generations of Chinese, and now the latest installment is about to roar back into cinemas. Wang Kaihao reports.
It might make you scream in fear or burst into nostalgic tears — either way, T.rex is back. Jurassic World, the fourth installment of the franchise Jurassic Park, will hit China’s big screens on June 10, two days before its release in North America. It has been 13 years since the third installment in the series was shown in China.
The Chinese mainland will only screen the 3-D edition of the newfilm.
“It’s a great honor to be chosen to carry on the story, but I amonly a representative of the millions of people who love Jurassic Park,” Colin Trevorrow, the39-year-old director of the newfilm, told reporters on Tuesday in Beijing.
“I don’t feel I directed it, I feel the whole generation did.”
Trevorrow isknownfor several independent productions such as Safety Not Guaranteed (2012). This is his first big-budget project.
The pressure is also huge— this is a much-loved saga launched by Steven Spielberg.
“Since then (1993), the world’s filmmaking has changed quite a lot, but nothing will ever change the power of this story. We feel great to be able to add new life into the franchise with technology, the true talent today … to realize a brand new chapter,” said Spielberg in a video statement for the Chinese audience at the same media event.
Spielberg is the producer of the new film, but Trevorrow says the legendary director also offered advice when the story was being developed.
“If I have some ideas, he will be able to add something else,” Trevorrow says. He says he is grateful to his predecessor, but considers the new film to be original our relationship with science and think of what we want and where are going as one species together,” says Howard, the granddaughter of a sci-fi author. “Humans have a desire to progress, but it also has consequences. So it’s an important story to tell right now.”
“It’s important to expose children to the idea of monsters, and for parents to talk about it with them,” the actress, also a mother, says. “That will help children overcome any unexpected situations. If they’re not exposed to the world’s dangers, children will create their own.”
When Jurassic Park was released in theUS in 1993, the Chinese mainland was yet to formally introduce Hollywood movies to its cinemas. However, for Chinese people growing up in the 1990s, the iconic sci-fi film was among the first films to open their eyes to the exotic world of Hollywood.
“It was so scary and so cool to see so many dinosaurs. I had never before seen anything with such a strong visual impact.” says Zhu Xu, 28. Like many Chinese, the Beijingfreelancer saw the first episode of the franchise on videotapes at home.
“I was 10 years old watching the second episode ( The Lost World: Jurassic Park) in the cinema. I went to the restroom once during the screening and I found my legs shivering.”
The franchise has always been popular in China, and when the 3-D edition of the first episode of Jurassic Park was released in China in 2013, it raked in 350 million yuan ($56.5 million) at the box office, despite the film being made two decades ago.
The new installment will pay tribute to the previous three, but in “a subtle and reserved way.” Though fans of the franchise will immediately recognize some places and characters in their memories, Trevorrow says he wants to present a film for everyone, not just the fans.
So, will Jurassic World become part of the collective memory of a newgeneration? The director seems confident.
“Jurassic Park can stand the test of time because it tells a very fundamental story which is thousands’ years old on a character’s birth, death and resurrection,” Trevorrow says. “We make this movie in 2015, and maybe future generations will see it again and again.” Contact the writer at wangkaihao@ chinadaily.com.cn