Colin Trevorrow reveals Battle At Big Rock takes place one year after Fallen Kingdom
After a surprise announcement from Colin Trevorrow yesterday about the upcoming Jurassic World short film Battle At Big Rock, the writer/director spoke more about the project with Collider and shared three new photos from the upcoming short film, which you can check out the in gallery below!
Trevorrow revealed that the short film takes place one year after Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The story revolves around a family on a camping trip at Big Rock National Park, “about 20 miles from where the last film ended.” Battle At Big Rock, which is eight minutes long, will be “the first major confrontation between dinosaurs and humans.”
The short film was shot last winter in Ireland and came about after Universal Pictures asked Trevorrow if he was interested in making a short film. Trevorrow was eager to see how “animals loose in an unfamiliar environment” that are disoriented and “struggling to adapt” who come across campers would look like. The short film will also feature two species audiences have never seen before, including the Nasutoceratops and a grown-up Allosaurus, “one of the most iconic dinosaurs of all time.”
Trevorrow also shared that he wanted to create this short film as “the world is bigger than just the characters we’ve been following in the films.” Now that the story has left Isla Nublar, “we wanted to show a glimpse of that new reality,” including the “series of random disconnected incidents that would create a pattern of chaos.”
As far as casting, a diverse ensemble was important to Trevorrow: “It matters that kids see themselves up on screen, and it’s important to create all kinds of heroes. This family is from Oakland, which is a hugely diverse community, it felt natural. The baby even wears an Oaklandish shirt, which I’m sure people from the Town will spot. I love these characters, I’d watch a whole movie with them.”
Regarding Jurassic World 3, Trevorrow says the movie is a “celebration of everything we love about the franchise,” and that it’s the movie he has wanted to make from the beginning.
Battle At Big Rock will premiere this Sunday, September 15, on FX after Jurassic World, and immediately online after. The short stars André Holland (Moonlight), Natalie Martinez (End of Watch), Melody Hurd (Fatherhood), and Pierson Salvador (NOS4A2). The project was co-written by Trevorrow and Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim Uprising, The Black Hole), with music by Amie Doherty and Larry Fong serving as the cinematographer.