Here we go. Now I have time. Before I review the Masrani site, Jurassic World (the park) has an official website: http://www.jurassicworld.com/ It’s got some beautiful art in the background (Aviary! The gates from the first movie! Futuristic pod-monorail things!) and a countdown to what I hope is the release of the trailer, as well as a tool showing the current temperature in the park and a little display, which advertises the attractions in the park. The place has a steakhouse and a Margaritaville, as well as golf courses and a nightclub. I would like the movie to include at least one scene with dinosaurs breaking into the club and dancing, with a shot of a raptor dropping the bass. It’s the least they can do.
Right, on to the Masrani website.
There’s information about the company’s investors, its finances and its other projects, such as oil drilling, but those don’t have anything to do with dinosaurs and I’m just going to skip them. You can read ’em if you want, but the rest of us are here for the dinosaurs. The only thing worth noting here is that Masrani seems to own a communication company called Masscom, which aims to “connect people all over the world” and involves weather-tracking and GPS technology. Maybe they use some of their state-of-the-art equipment to track dinosaurs?
There are a lot of references to Hammond (who apparently died around 1997) on this website. Jurassic World’s dinosaurs are hatched in the Hammond Creation Lab, their incredibly fast and advanced gene sequencer (perfect sequencing in an hour) is called the Hammond and the site talks a lot about bringing his vision to life. It’s a sweet tribute to both the character and Sir Richard Attenborough. We’ll definitely see a few references to the former in the movie. Bring tissues.
There’s a whole page about Jurassic World, and the first thing we read about the park is that it’s very, very safe. I guess that’s necessary for visitors to know, especially after the previous disasters. Apparently people were very wary to visit the park after it opened in 2005 (“Simon adds, “The sense of security proved vital in the establishment of Jurassic World. The media were having a frenzy at the time, conservation groups around the globe were looking and waiting for any incident to tarnish our reputation to try and take Isla Nublar away from us. We had to set a feeling of safety, for when the time came for opening in 2005, we had to ensure people were willing to come.””) and it took a few years for popularity to pick up, but there haven’t been any “accidents” and the park’s popularity has soared. It also emphasizes that the park is very high-tech, which we know already because the other Jurassic World website currently displays architecture and technology straight out of Isaac Asimov’s melatonin dreams. Apparently it took three years to build the place. Once again addressing the safety issue, the website says that “this project was never underestimated” and “Simon Masrani [head of the company] was taking no chance.” Do you mean he spared no expense? It’s okay, Jurassic World, you can say that, you’re in a safe franchise now.
There’s a bit of backstory regarding how the park got started and what happened after the first movie and, hey, look, it’s Henry Wu!
I’ll let the site tell you this one:
After the unfortunate incident at Jurassic Park, Dr. Henry Wu returned to Isla Nublar in November of 1994 to assist the clean up teams in cataloging specimen numbers, and to identify exactly how the animals were breeding. Despite the island’s presence of seemingly same sex animals, it was the inclusion of amphibian DNA which he himself had underestimated. Dr. Wu noted that the inclusion of DNA sequences from several species of amphibians including the Common Reed Frog (Hyperolius viridiflavus) adapted extremely well to the cloned DNA of the dinosauria – eventually enabling the animals to change their sex through a chemical trigger which disintegrated the female organs to create male sex organs.
This event intrigued Dr. Wu and inspired him to write the book ‘The Next Step: An Evolution of God’s Concepts’ in 1995. Within its pages he included a theory claiming that, with the right tools and research, he could bring brand new species into fruition by the combination of various species. “Much like selective breeding within domestic animals,” he writes, “but with this, we would be combining several species into one new animal. Today’s technological limitation means we are decades away from achieving this, maybe even fifty years away, but who knows, hopefully in my life time we could see it become a reality.”
By May of 1997 Dr. Wu and his research team at a financially struggling InGen had successfully combined several species of plant life together giving birth to the Karacosis wutansis (or Wu Flower) which gained world-wide media attention, including the attention of Simon Masrani – who incidentally acquired InGen the following year. The son of a close friend of the now late John Hammond, Simon Masrani promoted Dr. Wu within the ranks of the InGen company in December of 2000 and brought the scientist onto the Jurassic World project. Dr. Henry Wu was instantly looked at as a valued member of the Masrani company, proving his unique skill not only as a successful scientist, but a great visionary.
Look at that! I guess we know where that shot of the fallen East Dock sign came from now. Looks like they found that Barbasol can after all, or at least went looking for it. (I imagine those embryos didn’t last too long once the coolant ran out.) And we get some more D-rex foreshadowing in the part about combining different species (the site also talked about how Jurassic World’s popularity is plateauing due to lack of interest, but we already knew that. Thanks, JoBlo). They’ve really mastered the genetics thing by now; by now they’ve probably learned to actually keep a handle on the dinosaurs’ genders, there probably isn’t any unauthorized breeding in Jurassic Park and their genetic technology has advanced to the point where they can successfully create multi-species mutants. Since he isn’t mentioned on the website and therefore hasn’t gotten a voice, I’m gonna let Malcolm throw some shade at that for a minute:
They’d better show him as part of one of those angry conservation groups, but I digress. There’s a little bit about the process behind creating the dinosaurs. They’re still hatched in a lab (photos in my previous post) and they’re still using the blood-from mosquito method. They say DNA has a slow enough decay rate that they can still extract it with minimal gaps. Slower than its proven 521-year half-life? Are they still sticking to that explanation, even after every single person in the world has shared the article where that was disproved on their Facebook feed… okay, okay, I’ll stop.
Apparently the park is designed to be very environmentally friendly, with lots of recycling facilities. There’s also a species of native deer called the Nublar Tufted Deer, or Elaphodus cephalophus nublarus, that lives there.
There’s more information about how the park was built and everything, but none of it seems like important plot points. There’s one more thing that caught me by surprise:
Spinosaur in front of the visitors’ center! What does this mean? We don’t know, as it comes with no context. It’s interesting, though, and a pat on the back to whoever it was that mounted it properly. If there’s a spino in the movie, maybe it’ll be aquatic.
You can also apply for a job at InGen, which I think is really cool. Click the ‘Careers’ button at the top and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. Soon after, they’ll send you your very own customized InGen badge. And they’ll hire anyone! Here, for example, is my dog’s badge.
Well, that’s about it, except WAIT A MINUTE WHAT IS THIS?
The new InGen facility “Martel” based in Siberia has now opened. A rotating research team of nine scientists and an excavation crew of 45 persons will undergo 18 months of drilling at 42 glacial ice locations. The team hopes to find organic remains dating from 40,000 to 200,000 years ago. The state of the art research base has been two years in the making, and is believed to be situated over a group of wooly mammoths buried under the permafrost. “This could potentially herald a new era of scientific discovery, helping us map out our natural history like never before. I’m excited to finally see Martel on completion,” expressed an excited Dr. Henry Wu, eager to add to InGen’s ever growing genomic library.
Colin Trevorrow, if you put wooly mammoths in this movie and make it a 2-hour ad for the Jurassic Park Builder game, or if you try to make them replace dinosaurs at any point during this franchise, I. will. find. you.
Anyway, now we know a little bit more about the park and its backstory. That’s about all that’s newsworthy; even so, the site is definitely worth a visit, especially the photo gallery. I hope there’ll be new information about Jurassic World added soon! The website, again, is http://www.masraniglobal.com/main.html . Go take a look.
There are no unauthorized mammoths in Jurassic Park.