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Colin Trevorrow on the inspiration behind Jurassic World's Indominus Rex

05.26.2015

It's almost time to head back to the park and this time...we're in for something bigger and meaner than we've ever seen before. The Indominus Rex, which has been glimpsed in bits and pieces in most of the trailers for JURASSIC WORLD, takes over as the franchise's new monster and director Colin Trevorrow spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the inspirations behind this new dinosaur.

The Indominus was meant to embody our worst tendencies. We’re surrounded by wonder and yet we want more. And we want it bigger, faster, louder, better. And in the world of the movie the animal is designed based on a series of corporate focus groups. Like in the same way a lot of movies are. They sit a bunch of people down and they ask them, “What can we do to make the dinosaurs more entertaining for you? What would make you tell a friend to come to Jurassic World?” And their answer is, of course, “We want to see something bigger, faster, louder, more vicious; we want a killer.” And they get what what they ask for.

With the "bigger, faster, louder, more viscous" tagline, it's easy to see the Indominus Rex as a metaphor for modern movie franchises; which is something Trevorrow himself realized early on:

We’re so surrounded by so much of this marketing and just being told on a regular basis that you have to like this, you will go here, you want this. I found that to me that fit perfectly into what a theme park of dinosaur would be about. It’s a surprisingly simple idea. I found that a lot of bigger films tend to get very complicated in their storytelling these days, and we have ideas in here that, yes, they may be sophisticated if you decide to think about them and talk about them a lot, but I think the experience of seeing the film is one that even young kids will be able to process and get behind. We live in a cult of the upgrade right now. There’s always something around the corner that will make whatever you think is cool right now feel obsolete. And I feel like the Indominus Rex is the animal version of that.

When asked about which real dinosaurs the Indominus Rex was actually made of, Trevorrow said that "it’s a hybrid of specific dinosaurs with great movie names like the Giganotosaurus and Majungasaurus, as well as other animals that exist in the world today, with certain attributes that Dr. Wu [B.D. Wong] felt would create the ultimate piece of entertainment." Trevorrow later went on to compare the Indominus Rex to other classic villains such as Darth Vader and Frankenstein:

It’s a classic villain to me because it’s comparatively synthetic to the other dinosaurs. You know, Frankenstein and Darth Vader and even Captain Hook, there are parts to them that aren’t entirely organic. Indominus sort of makes the dinosaurs feel like real animals. It’s an abomination that must be exterminated.

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Source: EW

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7:23PM on 05/27/2015

Indominus Haters

I know people who are boycotting this movie solely because of the "fake" dinosaur. Sure, I understand their argument that there are enough real, and terrifying dinos out there they could have used, but it's the dialogue above which is why Indominus Rex was the next smart step in the JP world story.

They didn't make it because they should, they made because they could. Any business that wants to make more money will do anything to make...more money. I don't see why Indominus Rex would be
I know people who are boycotting this movie solely because of the "fake" dinosaur. Sure, I understand their argument that there are enough real, and terrifying dinos out there they could have used, but it's the dialogue above which is why Indominus Rex was the next smart step in the JP world story.

They didn't make it because they should, they made because they could. Any business that wants to make more money will do anything to make...more money. I don't see why Indominus Rex would be any different. If anything, I think the idea of creating a dinosaur is the most plausible storyline JP can really go right now.

I'm really looking forward to this movie, and is without a doubt my to-see-movie of this summer.
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11:09PM on 05/27/2015
Agree completely.
Agree completely.
4:45AM on 05/27/2015
"And we want it bigger, faster, louder, better."

Hollywood repeatedly makes the mistake that "bigger, faster, louder" EQUALS "better". It's the reason why so many sequels suck.
"And we want it bigger, faster, louder, better."

Hollywood repeatedly makes the mistake that "bigger, faster, louder" EQUALS "better". It's the reason why so many sequels suck.
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3:36AM on 05/27/2015
"The Indominus was meant to embody our worst tendencies. We’re surrounded by wonder and yet we want more. And we want it bigger, faster, louder, better."
That sounds like Hollywood!
"The Indominus was meant to embody our worst tendencies. We’re surrounded by wonder and yet we want more. And we want it bigger, faster, louder, better."
That sounds like Hollywood!
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1:19PM on 05/27/2015
That's exactly what Trevorrow is saying in his quote. The Indominus Rex is meant to be a commentary on modern trends in Hollywood.
That's exactly what Trevorrow is saying in his quote. The Indominus Rex is meant to be a commentary on modern trends in Hollywood.
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11:04PM on 05/26/2015

I like it....

They're kind of mocking the idea of what they're doing in the first place. Sadly the ultimate dinosaur (Spinosaurus) was wasted in the last movie. If you watch the documentary on Spinosaurus from the archaeologists who've studied the available information from the discovery (lost in WWII), that thing was exactly what Indominus is trying to be. I'm hoping they knock this out of the park (since the summer is such a crapfest), but they didn't need to create something "synthetic," they just
They're kind of mocking the idea of what they're doing in the first place. Sadly the ultimate dinosaur (Spinosaurus) was wasted in the last movie. If you watch the documentary on Spinosaurus from the archaeologists who've studied the available information from the discovery (lost in WWII), that thing was exactly what Indominus is trying to be. I'm hoping they knock this out of the park (since the summer is such a crapfest), but they didn't need to create something "synthetic," they just should have waited for him until this film.
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10:35PM on 05/26/2015
I feel like the idea of creating a new dino for "increased park attendance" in the film, is really what the studio thought about increased audience attendance for this movie. Something along the lines of
"Audiences have already seen the t-rex, raptors, compys, dilophosaurus, spinosaurus, etc. How are we going to get them interested in the new movie?"
"I know, let's create a new, bigger and faster dino to put in the movie".
I'm not really against the idea, but it wouldn't be my first choice
I feel like the idea of creating a new dino for "increased park attendance" in the film, is really what the studio thought about increased audience attendance for this movie. Something along the lines of
"Audiences have already seen the t-rex, raptors, compys, dilophosaurus, spinosaurus, etc. How are we going to get them interested in the new movie?"
"I know, let's create a new, bigger and faster dino to put in the movie".
I'm not really against the idea, but it wouldn't be my first choice for a plot idea. As long as the movie entertains, I'll be happy.
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7:29PM on 05/27/2015
Which is what really make it ironic, no? A super rich company that makes a gold mine creating dinosaur attractions, and a super rich company that makes a gold mine making these movies...it's great, lol.

I wondered for years where they could take the JP storyline after the sh*tfest of JPIII, and it never occurred to me to let the park open, and thrive on it's own success. Creating the Indominus Rex was nothing but a money grab, which compares to Universal squeezing the juice from the JP
Which is what really make it ironic, no? A super rich company that makes a gold mine creating dinosaur attractions, and a super rich company that makes a gold mine making these movies...it's great, lol.

I wondered for years where they could take the JP storyline after the sh*tfest of JPIII, and it never occurred to me to let the park open, and thrive on it's own success. Creating the Indominus Rex was nothing but a money grab, which compares to Universal squeezing the juice from the JP franchise
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9:55PM on 05/26/2015

Sorry, nope.

I don't think that's true at all. Any of it. I think this is what Hollywood THINKS everyone wants. Movie looks fun, but nobody needed a bigger, faster, deadlier anything. In fact people are probably more excited to see the old T-Rex than the lame Indominus. People just want a good story.
I don't think that's true at all. Any of it. I think this is what Hollywood THINKS everyone wants. Movie looks fun, but nobody needed a bigger, faster, deadlier anything. In fact people are probably more excited to see the old T-Rex than the lame Indominus. People just want a good story.
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1:17PM on 05/27/2015
I think you missed the point of Trevorrow's statement. The creation of the Indominus Rex is a critique of current Hollywood trends of bigger, louder, faster and more vicious. The first sentence he says refers to it as "embodying our worst tendencies." Your post actually agrees with his statement. Jurassic World doesn't need a new, "improved" dinosaur, but like focus groups tend to do, the scientists and those in charge of the park determined they needed something bigger to sell to the
I think you missed the point of Trevorrow's statement. The creation of the Indominus Rex is a critique of current Hollywood trends of bigger, louder, faster and more vicious. The first sentence he says refers to it as "embodying our worst tendencies." Your post actually agrees with his statement. Jurassic World doesn't need a new, "improved" dinosaur, but like focus groups tend to do, the scientists and those in charge of the park determined they needed something bigger to sell to the audience. This is a commentary on the very thing plaguing society today: we either become desensitized and crave something more, or the media thinks we need something bigger and gives it to us. That's the story of Jurassic World, and in my opinion, it works. I also think it helps that Trevorrow's is not really part of the Hollywood machine as he approached this movie. He started making indie films, so it's not hypocritical for him to make a statement about Hollywood action trends in his first attempt at a blockbuster, especially when he has a valid point.
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