Jurassic World Just Got That Much Creepier


I've avoided talking too much about the casting of Jurassic World, previously Jurassic Park 4, for the usual reasons: until the film actually gets made, casting can change at the drop of a hat. But the most recent announcement got me thinking more about the source material, so I thought "what the hell." Joining Chris Pratt, who will be playing a "rugged, ex-military man named Owen" (probably not related to Lost World's Nick Owen), Bryce Dallas Howard, and Ty Simpkins (the kid from Iron Man 3) will be Irrfan Khan (Amazing Spider-man, Life of Pi) and Vincent D’Onofrio (Men in Black, Law & Order: CI). Khan will be playing "Patel," a billionaire who owns a new Jurassic Park, while D'Onofrio will play the CFO, who "projects the image of a normal family man to mask a hidden edge."

What appeals to me about this set up is an element from both the original film and novel that none of the follow up films... uh, followed up on. Crichton goes to extreme lengths to show his homework concerning the state, and the competition in the field of genetic engineering at the time. He specifically mentions that other companies are going this sort of work, but Ingen got there first, and that very shortly everyone will be in on the game. Nedry's actions are specifically those of corporate espionage. He's stealing the genetic sample for Biosyn so that, as the movie says, "18 minutes and [they can] catch up on 10 years of research."

The sequel novel follows up on this, seeing Dodgson and Biosyn invading Site B intent on stealing Ingen's property since the company was dissolved. The Lost World film briefly touches on the concept of the dinosaurs being Ingen's intellectual property, but never really follow up on that. It seems, with this announcement, that in universe other companies have either copied the Ingen method of cloning an created their own "theme park monsters," or have purchased/stolen the method from the former Ingen in the twenty years since Jurassic Park. And that is genuinely exciting, because it's an evolution from the original story, that draws on elements from the source material. And it's entirely believeable that a new company would try the Jurassic Park experiment again, with the huberis of "it didn't work the first time, but we're better than them so it'll work this time." That's absolutely something a modern company would say.

Except, in the real world, people don't get eaten by dinosaurs when their ideas go bad. And that makes me sad.

Via Collider.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.

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