Every since Jurassic World was announced we've wondered if characters from the original films would appear. After all, there can never be enough Jeff Goldblum in movies, can there? (Check him out in The Grand Budapest Hotel, by the way. I like that Wes Anderson removes his usual Goldbluming tics) But director Colin Trevorrow doesn't want his movie to just be cheap fan service at the expense of the characters. Speaking to IGN he said:
I know a lot of fans want to see the original characters back. They’re iconic. But I respect those actors too much to shoehorn them into this story for my own sentimental reasons. Jurassic Park isn’t about the bad luck of three people who keep getting thrown into the same situation. The only reason they’d go back to that island is if the screenwriters contrived a reason for them to go. But there is a character from the first film who makes sense in our world.
Ooh, who will be returning? Alan Grant? Ellie Sattler? Alex?
This hasn’t been announced yet, but BD Wong will be returning as Dr. Henry Wu. He had a much larger role in the original novel, he was the engineer of this breakthrough in de-extinction. He spent two decades living in Hammond’s shadow, underappreciated. We think there’s more to his story.
That's... actually cool. Wu does just disappear from the first film, and he's enough of a connective tissue with the correct credentials to not feel shoe-horned in. And the fact that Trevorrow and screenwriter Derek Connolly have thought about his larger arc interests me.
He also talks about how he's shooting the film, and I'm intrigued by his aspect ratio choices as well:
We’re shooting 35mm and 65mm film. We’re also using an aspect ratio that hasn’t been seen theatrically in a very long time. The movie will be presented in 2 to 1. It’s basically a middle ground between 2.35 and 1.85. It allows us enough height to fit humans and dinosaurs into a single frame, without giving up that sense of scope. It’s very close to the ratio of the digital IMAX screens, so it will look great in large format. I think other filmmakers will want to give it a try when they see how it looks. It’s very comfortable.
I've been warming up to this movie. The casting - Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are the leads - is good, and I like that Trevorrow blew through the original 2014 release date. Taking the time to get it right is a rare thing in movies these days.