Jurassic World was one of the biggest movies of 2015. Specifically, it had a worldwide gross of $1.669 billion, making it the second-highest grossing movie of the year, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, beating the likes of Furious 7 and Avengers: Age of Ultron. It broke several box office records in its opening days. Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the movie wasn't exactly flawless, but it was an action-packed adventure that did what it needed to do.
Pretty much everybody knows what the movie was about - it was the fourth installment of the legendary Jurassic Park franchise, and it saw the dinosaur theme park open to the public for the first time on film since the original hit theatres way back in 1993, and of course dinosaurs run rampant and cause havoc.
But there are several facts about the movie that simply aren't common knowledge - and that's what this article is all about. Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about Jurassic World:
10 It Was In Development Hell For 14 Years
Although it did indeed finally hit theatres around the world in 2015, Jurassic World was first conceived as far back as 2001 - the same year as the previous installment in the franchise (the terrible Jurassic Park III) was released.
9 One Of The Cameras Was Used In Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey
Jurassic World was shot using Panavision cameras, using a combination of 35mm and 65mm film, in the 2:1 aspect ratio. Cinematographer John Schwartzman chose to shoot the movie on film, rather than digitally, in order to ensure that it had a similar aesthetic to the previous installments in the Jurassic Park franchise.
8 An Early Concept Had Dinosaur-Human-Dog Hybrids
Most people know that there was an idea to combine human DNA with dinosaur DNA in the fourth Jurassic World movie (as ridiculous as that idea was), but very few will know there was actually an additional idea to add canine DNA into that mix.
7 The Original Main Cast Were All Contacted To Reprise Their Roles
Since the idea for a fourth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise was conceived back in 2001, every single actor who portrayed a surviving lead character from the first movie was contacted to reprise their original role.
6 Director Colin Trevorrow Provided The Voice Of Mr. DNA
In the first Jurassic Park movie, the "ride" that preceded the park tour included a video with a character called Mr. DNA. The colourful little sprite informed guests about how Jurassic Park's scientists created dinosaurs using dinosaur blood found in mosquitoes that had been trapped in sap/amber millions of years ago.
5 An Abandoned Six Flags Doubled As The Park's Main Street
Jurassic World was filmed in a variety of locations throughout its production - in various parts of Hawaii in the United States of America, for example - but no location was more important to the production of the movie than a certain real life abandoned theme park.
4 Several Consultants From The Previous Movies Returned
In order to keep a sense of uniformity with previous movies in the Jurassic Park franchise, several former crew members returned to supervise various aspects of Jurassic World.
3 Steven Spielberg Came Up With The Gyrosphere Idea
Although Steven Spielberg wasn't credited for any production or direction work in Jurassic World, the fact is that the original Jurassic Park director did contribute to the movie's final version.
2 Bryce Dallas Howard's Son Made A Cameo In The Movie
Aside from the all-action Pratt's Owen Grady, the leading character in Jurassic World was undoubtedly Howard's Claire Dearing - the Jurassic World operations manager and the Aunt of the two young boys who were lost in the park alone - but did you know that her real-life son made an appearance in the movie?
1 Chris Pratt Predicted His Role In The Movie Back In 2010
Back in 2010, Pratt was still acting in television show Parks and Recreation. As part of a behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of the show, Pratt typically took it upon himself to film some footage while he was on his own on set.
During the self-filming exploits, Pratt pretended that he had received a text from Spielberg and insinuated that the Jurassic Park director was repeatedly pestering him to appear in "Jurassic Park 4." Of course, this was essentially foreshadowing the fact that he would remarkably go on to be the star of the fourth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise - Velociraptor trainer Owen Grady.
Sources: Wikipedia, IMDB, ScreenCrush
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