Colin Trevorrow had to persuade Steven Spielberg to rename 'Jurassic Park' franchise ‘Jurassic World’

Gregory Wakeman
·Contributor
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Colin Trevorrow had to convince Steven Spielberg to rename the Jurassic Park franchise (Image by Universal)
Colin Trevorrow had to convince Steven Spielberg to rename the Jurassic Park franchise (Image by Universal)

Colin Trevorrow had to convince Steven Spielberg to rename the Jurassic Park franchise to Jurassic World when he was hired to oversee the 2015 blockbuster.

Trevorrow, who oversaw the monstrously successful Jurassic World back in 2015, admitted as much during Collider’s Directors On Directing discussion for Comic-Con@Home.

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“Changing the name of the franchise took some convincing. It was called Jurassic Park and, if you can imagine, at the time they were pretty married to that. So me going in and writing a very carefully worded e-mail to Steven [Spielberg] if I could change the name of his franchise. It wasn't a fight but it took a weekend to figure that one out.

Trevorrow also used this time to tease Jurassic World: Dominion, which he insists will be a “large-scale” and “epic story” that goes “global.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12:  (L-R) Executive producer Colin Trevorrow, executive producer Steven Spielberg, director J.A. Bayona, actor Chris Pratt and producer Patrick Crowley arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 12: (L-R) Executive producer Colin Trevorrow, executive producer Steven Spielberg, director J.A. Bayona, actor Chris Pratt and producer Patrick Crowley arrive at the premiere of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

"I'm sure if you saw the last movie you know this is not just some people on an island anymore. It's a large-scale, global, epic story with characters from the original Jurassic Park all in major roles, and of course Bryce and Chris."

Jurassic World: Dominion won’t just have Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, and Laura Dern in common with the 1993 original, too, as Trevorrow confirmed that the blockbuster has more practical than visual effects.

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“We’ve made more animatronics in this one than we have in the previous two,” admitted Trevorrow, who then added that “the really simple puppetry is proving to be amazing.”

We’ve still got quite a while to wait before we see exactly what Trevorrow means, as Jurassic World: Dominion is currently scheduled to hit theaters on June 11, 2021.