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Colin Trevorrow interview: How Whitney and Vance evolved into Claire and Owen in Jurassic World

Colin Trevorrow, who wrote and directed Jurassic World and wrote Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom spoke to BDH Network in an exclusive interview in regards to Bryce Dallas Howard and her character Claire Dearing in the Jurassic World films. He talked about the process of evolving the female lead character from the original Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver script, the process of hiring Bryce for the role, how Claire got her name and even touched on what we can expect from Claire in Jurassic World 3, among other topics.

The very first question posed to Colin was about what the female lead character was like in the Jurassic Park 4 script that Universal Pictures had originally green-lighted for a June 2014 release. The original script was co-written by husband and wife writers Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver before Colin was even hired to direct the fourth installment of the franchise. Colin and writing partner Derek Connolly rewrote the script from scratch while incorporating some important story elements that Steven Spielberg had requested, such as an operational park. The movie was delayed one year to a June 2015 release to allow proper time to prepare for the finalized script and story. But had the Jaffa and Silver script been filmed, our leads would not have been Claire and Owen, but instead Whitney and Vance. It also seems like the idea of “training raptors” would have been taken a lot further than what we get on screen in Jurassic World or even Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The lead character was a guy called Vance, who ultimately became Owen in our story. The film opened with Vance jumping out of a helicopter with a pack of raptors on a military raid of a drug dealer’s compound in Colombia. It was a different approach. But there was a character who had one or two scenes, the manager for the corporate side of the park. I think her name was Whitney. She was an antagonist to the hero, putting up red tape.

Colin goes on in the interview to describe the process of how casting director, John Papsidera, set up a Skype call between him and Bryce to discuss her joining the film. Also elaborating the relationship she had with Spielberg and that she was already part of the “Amblin Family”. Spielberg himself was also confident that she could “create this specific character better than anyone”.

As for how Claire Dearing got her name it turns out it was a bit of a group effort with Colin choosing “Claire” and Derek choosing “Dearing”. Colin felt the name of Claire was warm and loving and Derek chose Dearing as a reference to her character being very endearing.

I chose Claire, it felt hard on the surface but ultimately warm and loving. Derek chose Dearing, which is a very Derek thing to do. He loves those Dickensian names that suggest a bit about the character, push the viewer in the direction the author wants them to go. She may seem sharp-edged at first, but ultimately she’s very endearing.

Of course no one should be surprised that the characters of Claire and Owen will be returning for the final installment in the trilogy, which is set to hit theaters on June 11, 2021. Colin and newcomer Emily Carmichael are working on the script as we speak based on a story Colin created with Derek Connolly. While Colin couldn’t share much on the sixth installment of the franchise, he did reiterate that Claire and Owen will have a lot on their plate now that dinosaurs are loose on the mainland and that other dinosaurs and DNA samples were sold or moved to other parts of the world.

She and Owen will have bigger conflicts at hand, with shared responsibilities and a shared need for redemption. That’s a compelling story I’m excited to tell.

To see the full answers Colin had for the questions featured here and other intriguing questions about Bryce and her character Claire, please visit BDH Network and view their visit digital magazine. Also, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below and on our forums.

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21 thoughts on “Colin Trevorrow interview: How Whitney and Vance evolved into Claire and Owen in Jurassic World

  1. So we narrowly avoided the lingering shadow of the Sayles script that close to production? Thank you for that Trevorrow!

  2. “The lead character was a guy called Vance, who ultimately became Owen in our story. The film opened with Vance jumping out of a helicopter with a pack of raptors on a military raid of a drug dealer’s compound in Colombia. It was a different approach. But there was a character who had one or two scenes, the manager for the corporate side of the park. I think her name was Whitney. She was an antagonist to the hero, putting up red tape.”

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA! Oh man! THIS is what writers in Hollywood come up with? What are they, 12? Sign me up, I’ll churn out stuff 100 times better at half the pay!

    1. Provide a better idea and story right off the bat please. Everyone saying how bad writing is, but not offering anything better.

  3. Who in Hollywood wanted raptors fighting drug lords so badly that it made it into several scripts over several years?

    This is why I personally disregard anyone saying Jurassic World was awful or garbage or that it was ruined by Colin Trevorrow. It’s very clear that, to most fans, he greatly improved it.

    1. At the same time if the bar was set that low it wouldnt take much creativity to improve on it.

      I dont consider Jurassic World a bad movie, just aggressively mediocre & uninspired.

      1. When Lowery sits there telling Claire the original park was “legit” and something special, and the new park is soulless, that to me is Trevorrow talking to the audience and telling us that these new films are never going to be as good as the original.

        I view the entirety of “Jurassic World” as a clever satire of itself. There’s a mediocre and uninspired imitation of the first park, and investors like executives, are no longer satisfied with dinosaurs that they suggest are “real” but more interested in something bigger and scarier but less real – compare the hype around JP3 and even bts for JP4, where there was frequent talk about a new big carnivore to overtake Tyrannosaurus, even after the Spinosaurus effort failed spectacularly.

        We’ve seen a dozen years of scripts insisting on a military protagonist training dromaeosaurs, and almost all of them up to Trevorrow played this as an unironic action movie gimmick, where the raptors are truly domesticated. All evidence suggests it’s Trevorrow who allowed for Delta, Charlie, Echo and yes for a while, Blue, to actually turn on Owen and behave closer to real animals than previous scripts. In this respect, it’s Hoskins and to a lesser degree Masrani who come to represent the corporate interests behind Jurassic – more concerned about thrills and control than about the animals themselves.

        Rexy and Blue taking down Indominus rex? That’s Trevorrow saying the original film will always be king, that real dinosaurs will always be better than hybrids, and so forth.

        In all narratives, there are certain characters who echo the views of the creator, and in the new Jurassic films, these are clearly Owen, Lowery, Claire in FK, and certainly Malcolm once again. All of these characters are largely telling us that these later park and later efforts are a mistake born of greed. None of these characters have continued to support the later developments and all of them oppose it, but come back out of a sense of responsibility. No positively-portrayed characters are telling us to domesticate raptors, create hybrids, and so forth.

        There’s legitimate flaws in these newer films, they’re far from perfect, but so many of the negative elements people criticize most often as catastrophic, these elements have always read to me as self-critique of worse ideas that existed behind the scenes – trained dinosaurs, hybrids, military applications, the soulless park, innacuracy. Trevorrow could coast by playing these unironically for Rule of Cool, but steps back and criticizes and explores them as well, just as “Jurassic Park” chose to be a cautionary tale rather than hold to a dinosaur theme park concept only.

        I’d love to expand on this, but I’ve already gone too far along. My opinion is that it’s thanks to Trevorrow that the newer films have a little satirical edge over what they are and why they exist, and I am a fan who would take that over the far worse unironic popcorn b-flicks those many scripts were suggested. I could write plenty about what I actively dislike about the newer Jurassic films, but that’s my piece on Trevorrow and Bayona.

  4. It’s news like this that confuses me on how exactly I feel about Colin Trevorrow. He’s like the Godzilla of franchise film making, if that makes sense to anyone else but me.

  5. Didn’t I try to explain to people that Colin was great? Didn’t I try to explain he saved the series?

  6. Oh, and I’ll add to that, he would of saved Star Wars too.
    The darksiders had too much influence in Lucasfilm though.

  7. Trevorrow didn’t save a damn thing. JW was still TERRIBLE for a JP film. He just made it LESS terrible than it otherwise would have been.

    1. He did save the entire thing. The films would of been total trash and everything would of been over. So much for the jokers demanding they see the abandoned script as if some hidden work of genius was shelved.

      He turned the garbage they wrote completely on it’s head. Transformed it into something wonderful that lead us into the trilogy we are getting now. What he and Derek has done is truly great. And I’m truly thankful.

      1. Fallen Kingdom, for example, has a Metacritic score of 51% and a user rating of 5.8 (the user rating on rotten tomatoes is even lower). Word of mouth has been terrible and the general consensus on the film being that Trevorrow turned in a sloppy script stuffed with laughable characterizations & convolted storylines completely devoid of logic. This series’ reputation continues to diminish because of his influence and the third film now faces the likely possibility of diminishing returns. To suggest Trevorrow is the creative genius/saving grace of this franchise is simply false- he’s manufactured glaringly flawed products. Where he did succeed however is introducing an already immensely popular franchise to a younger audience. That’s worth something, I guess.

        I hope Trevorrow accomplishes what you’ve said and completely turns this series around for the next installment, maybe then he’ll actually deserve some of this praise given to him.

        1. For the record everone ik personally loves both Jurassix World and Fallen Kingdom. Word of mouth is just fine and personally i much perfer the World films to any of the others. Keep the negativity to urself where it belongs. Or to but it another way if u dont have anything nice to say dont.

        2. Lol, Worlds Biggest Jurassic Fan, look Dude Trevorrow’s Jurassic Film has higher rating than both TLW and JP3…

          He saved the Franchise, period

          1. FK does not have a higher rating than TLW. On Metacritic the ratings are lower and on RT the critics score is lower too, the audience score will fall below it soon too.
            No surprise since it’s nowhere near as good a film.

  8. For the record everone ik personally loves both Jurassix World and Fallen Kingdom. Word of mouth is just fine and personally i much perfer the World films to any of the others. Keep the negativity to urself where it belongs. Or to but it another way if u dont have anything nice to say dont.

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