JURASSIC WORLD 3
Director Colin Trevorrow reveals exclusively to Empire the full story behind luring Jurassic Park stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum back for another dino-adventure in Jurassic World 3
Colin Trevorrow drops a few hints about the final part of his dinotrilogyosaurus.
Why was it important for this trio to come back to Jurassic?
I’ve been really protective of these characters. Some might argue too protective. In the first film, I wanted to focus on creating new heroes. They weren’t modelled after Alan Grant [Neill], Ellie Sattler [Dern] or Ian Malcolm [Goldblum]. I wanted them to find their place in the larger story and earn the right to stand alongside the legacy characters. I feel like they’ve done that now. So when you see Owen Grady [Chris Pratt] alongside Alan Grant, hopefully that will be a bit more meaningful.
How long ago did you know they would be part of the story? [Regular Trevorrow co-writer] Derek Connolly and I took a road trip a couple of weeks after Jurassic World came out. We’d talked about a general arc for a trilogy before then, but we hadn’t hunkered down to really map it out. We’d brought back Dr Henry Wu first because he was the man behind the science and the only one who made sense. Otherwise, we’d have had to come up with a reason why Ellie, Malcolm and Grant all went to the theme park on the exact same day it broke down — again. But the next film allows the legacy characters to be a part of the story in an organic way. [Jurassic World 3 screenwriter] Emily Carmichael and I call it ‘Jurassic Park VI’, because it is.
How did you get the stars on board? Did you turn up via helicopter with a bottle of champagne, John Hammond style?
I wish I had Hammond’s showmanship. In this case, each one was different. I struck up a relationship with Jeff when we were working on his part in Fallen Kingdom. Sam and I met by phone, but we’ll finally get to hang out this weekend in Spain: I have a feeling there will be red wine involved. Laura and I met when she was at Pinewood for The Last Jedi. I was a little awestruck meeting her at first. Someday I’ll get past it. Maybe.
How much fun is it to write lines for these characters? How has their dynamic evolved? The challenge is to make sure they don’t feel like caricatures or parodies of themselves. They’re so iconic, you can easily fall into that trap. You start by asking the most basic questions: who are these people now? What do they make of the new world they’re living in, and how do they feel about being part of its history? Ultimately it will be in collaboration with the actors. They know and love these characters. We’ll do it together.
Last time the trio were in a Jurassic film, a hurricane destroyed the set. Are you worried? Well now I am. Thanks, Empire.