Even after two hours, exhibitors were knocked on their collective heels by Universal’s presentation for tentpole “Jurassic World,” with fearsome dinos attacking throughout the footage.
Director Colin Trevorrow launched the presentation — the last of the six studio events at CinemaCon in Las Vegas — by promising, “It is scary as hell, and that trauma should be shared by mass groups of people.”
He walked on to the stage to the strains of Guns N’ Roses’ “Welcome to the Jungle” and began by describing the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, Calif., as one of the best movie palaces.
“It was my church, and I would go every Saturday morning, stand in line, go into the theater and have a shared experience,” he recalled. “That is something no one has done better than Steven Spielberg.”
Spielberg is an exec producer on the film. Star Chris Pratt followed with an X-rated intro. “It’s showtime, motherf**kers,” he said. “We’re going to show you a clip, it’s what we call a sizzle reel, something I call just the tip.”
The movie opens June 12. The footage — an extended version of the recently released trailer — sets up the premise that the owners of the park decide to create a new attraction to spark attendance, genetically modifying a new breed of dinosaur.
That plan backfires spectacularly as the park devolves into chaos when the creatures begin communicating with each other, unleashing maximum carnage. Star of the footage is the genetically engineered Indominus Rex — a dinosaur “designed to be bigger than the T-Rex” that is loose in the park and killing for sport.
The film also stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Omar Sy and Judy Greer.