Although he and Lucasfilm “mutually” parted ways, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow still received “story by” credit for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, along with Derek Connolly and duo J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio, who co-wrote the screenplay. It’s anyone’s guess how much of Trevorrow’s vision made it into the final script, but the credit ensures that he’ll make millions from the movie, millions that are going to charity.
In a nice holiday-season gesture, Trevorrow announced that he’s donating all his proceeds from Episode IX to charity. “Through his films, George Lucas taught us about our connection to all living things,” he said. “He taught us to take care of one another, and he set a powerful example himself. The Alexander Devine Hospice helps families in the most challenging of times. I can’t think of a more fitting way to honor George’s legacy.” Trevorrow’s wording makes it sound like Lucas isn’t with us anymore, but don’t worry, he’s still kicking, and talking about Midi-chlorians. The Alexander Devine Hospice’s mission is to “reach out to every child and family who needs us, offering support and care from people who understand,” according to the charity’s website:
“The force is strong with us,” said Fiona Devine, CEO and co-founder of the hospice. “We are blown away by this incredibly generous gesture and we are deeply thankful to Colin for thinking of us. This extraordinary donation, the equivalent of paying for a nurse for a year, will really help us to continue to do this and importantly reach out to even more families that need us. We know that there are at least 1,200 children across Berkshire and the surrounding counties that need our help. Our care is free of charge and we are reliant on donations and fundraising to run our vital service. We cannot thank Colin Trevorrow and his family enough for their amazing support and generosity.” Via
Colin Trevorrow’s next film is Jurassic World 3, so even without his The Rise of Skywalker money, me thinks he’ll be fine.
There’s one particularly telling and effective moment in The Skywalker Legacy, the feature-lenght documentary that’s included on the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker home release that sums up much of the ambivalence and consternation that some had with J.J. Abrams’ return to the Star Wars universe. After showing the intricate construction of a giant, practical snake monster, the doc cuts back to footage of Jabba The Hutt, that old analogue beast that slithered its way into our hearts. The sentiment is clear – we’re making movies like we used to! A celebration of practical effects, the dripping of k-y jelly to give viscosity just like the old costume days, it’s all there. There’s excitement on set, everyone talking about how amazing it looks, how lifelike, how this is how you’re supposed to do movies like this.
Cut to Visual Effects Supervisor Roger Guyett who shatters the myth, letting us know the creature was replaced by a CGI version in post.
Guyett’s resume is mighty. Having made his bones on groundbreaking films like Twister and Casper, he helped Spielberg bring the events of D-Day to screen in Saving Private Ryan, helped bring to life the best looking film in the Harry Potter series, Alfonso Cuarón’s Prisoner of Azkaban, and even made the theatrical version of Rent feel more than a stage production. Guyett has had many collaborations with Abrams – from the Star Trek Reboots through The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker he was even second unit director on the former, as well as working with George Lucas on Episode III to round off the prequels. He’s in a unique position to speak to these changing landscapes of epic filmmaking.
We spoke at length about the apparent contradictions and indulgences in making a Star Wars film, and he made the case for why nothing was wasted and all contributed to the final presentation. He was erudite and open to the discussion, making for a dream conversation with a man who quite literally has helped shape what amazes us on screen for decades.
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We see practical effects being championed as almost a marketing ploy with the “postquels” as a mix of nostalgia and an attempt to delineate from Lucas’ second trilogy. In some ways the love of the practically-realized snake undercuts the extraordinary CGI you and your team accomplished, and raises questions about why the need to fetishize the on-set inclusions when they’re replaced anyway. Could you talk about that ethos, that somehow doing stuff on a computer is a “cheat” while doing an effect practically is not?
I think at the end of the day we’re all trying to do the best that we can, trying to make the best, most dramatic or emotional movie we can visually. I’m coming from figuring out how do you get the most...
While the internet has been abuzz with the details about Colin Trevorrow‘s leaked script for what would have been his version of the end of the Star Wars saga including leaked concept art that we can’t post here, the filmmaker has already moved on to his next project: Jurassic World 3. He’s hard at work getting the production together, but he took the time to give fans a sneak peek at a new animatronic dinosaur, which should have all you practical effects fans out there excited.
Jurassic World 3 Animatronic Dinosaur
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— Colin Trevorrow @colintrevorrow January 31, 2020
We’re not sure if that’s a baby Triceratops, or perhaps more likely, an animatronic version of the baby Nasutoceratops we saw in the Jurassic World short film Battle at Big Rock last fall. The short film was created as a sort of bridge between Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Jurassic World 3, so seeing one of the dinosaurs from the short in the next movie would make perfect sense.
Before the aforementioned short was released, Trevorrow said, “If [the end of Fallen Kingdom] really happened, you’d see a series of random disconnected incidents that would create a pattern of chaos. I wanted to see one of those incidents.” That would seem to imply that whatever is happening in Jurassic World 3 doesn’t give them enough time to deal with the aftermath of dinosaurs being out in the wild.
So what is Jurassic World 3 about? Perhaps it’s about preservation and saving what would be considered new endangered species? After all, this little baby is in a cage, so maybe it’s been saved. Then again, some people from the auction at the end of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom could end up getting their hands on wild dinosaurs and creating their own. At this point, anything is possible.
Jurassic World 3 is slated to arrive in theaters on June 11, 2021.