In this brief article I go over the most recent news surrounding Jurassic World: Dominion, the inclusion of feathers, the debate about palaeontological accuracy and my excitement for the film coming in June 2022.
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On to the News! The evening of June 9th was pretty crazy for me with my social media and Whatsapp chats blowing up over the exciting announcements regarding the release of an extended preview of footage from Jurassic World: Dominion, attached to IMAX showings of the new Universal Pictures film The Fast and the Furious 9. This was not the only news to be dropped on that evening as we got a new Jurassic World: Dominion teaser poster alongside a variety of different interviews about the extended preview footage coming from Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Dominion director Colin Trevorrow.
The new Jurassic World: Dominion teaser poster features a mosquito in the Cretaceous back where Jurassic Park originally started.
The press release below explains what the extended preview will be featuring.
Both Colin and Steve Brusatte took to Twitter during the news dumps to engage the fandom online, answering questions the Jurassic World fandom had about the announcements. Steve Brusatte the palaeontological consultant on the film happily answered a few questions I had which I include below:
The new image of a fully feathered theropod in front of an unknown dinosaur jaw really did floor everyone with excitement. Colin eventually clarified that the feathered theropod was Moros Intrepidus a early tyrannosaurid which I covered the discovery of back in 2019 here on Jurassic Finds. Colin also confirmed the dinosaur jaws on the floor as those of the Giganotosaurus which Sam Neill also confirmed was appearing in the film a while ago here.
Moros Intrepidus and the Giganotosaurus in Jurassic World: Dominion extended preview. Image credit: Universal Pictures/Amblin Entertainment.
Let’s talk about the feathers first. How do I feel about them? I think they are an excellent addition and I am very happy with the design of Moros itself and the patterning on the feathers. The CGI looks absolutely phenomenal and I really cannot wait to see this dinosaur in action. Obviously there are few issues with the announcement of the prologue scene that has seen much debate on Twitter over the past few weeks. Colin revealed some rather spoilery information about the extended preview with Collider.com which you can read here so if you don’t want to be spoiled stop reading this article now.
SPOILERS BE WARNED!!
Here is a quick snippet of the interview between Steve Weintraub and Colin.
So the five minute IMAX preview is awesome. I didn’t expect to get a nature film for half of it, and I loved it.
TREVORROW: Thank you.
Is the mosquito that we see in the footage the same mosquito in amber that John Hammond has on his staff?
TREVORROW: I don’t know if I can declare that. All I know is that, that’s the one that bit our T-Rex that we know, because that’s our T-Rex, it’s not just a T-Rex. And to me, I feel like we’re watching a character origin story. We know something about our T-Rex that we didn’t know. She’s been through a lot. And now we also know that she was brutally murdered by a very specific dinosaur, by the Giganotosaurus, 65 million years ago. And that’s a part of our story. I want people to be invested in that, and I want to care about what happened to her. And now that she’s back after everything she’s been through, hopefully she’ll be able to live in peace. I just want her to live in peace, man.
As we can see from this information it seems that Colin has a story decision in the mind for the T.Rex of the film and a potential rivalry with the Giganotosaurus. This interview from Colin has provided quite a bit of debate online. In reality both the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Giganotosaurus are separated geologically by about 31 million years and never lived together. The other dinosaurs announced to be in the Cretaceous prologue are also not from their respective Cretaceous subdivisions and again this has provided a bit of controversy.
It is a story decision however, I mean the Jurassic films have never been about scientific fact or realism as they are science-fiction. So in terms of it being Colin’s vision for the film, I’m not going to let the issue ruin the film for me. It is also worth recognising that the films themselves have had their own version of palaeontology in-universe, an example of this is the Jurassic Park version of Velociraptor being discovered in Montana (based on our Deinonychus in real life) there are other examples as well such as the eye sight of the T.Rex and palaeontological discussions brought up in the film The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
Whilst I would have liked to have seen the Cretaceous prologue feature only dinosaurs from one aspect in time the story decision to change things geologically around does not bother me too much. If anything I am more excited by the fact new dinosaurs, some of them feathered will be featured on screen for the first time. I do understand a lot of the fandoms reservations however, but I don’t think we should let that affect our excitement for the film.
Steve Brusatte recently tweeted his thoughts on the story decision and he does not seem to take issue with it either.
Not only am I excited by Steve Brusattes input in the film, the addition of feathered dinosaurs and new dinosaur designs, I think I am most excited by the prospect of seeing within the Jurassic universe what the dinosaurs originally looked like and how they will differ to the INGEN versions of the dinosaurs that we all know and love.
Myself and Jurassic Unicast covered all the above news in a recent video talking about the new poster, the extended preview and feathered dinosaurs in Dominion. We go into much more detail so do give it a watch! It was a really great discussion with both James and newcomer Kris, so please do check it out when you can!
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