Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow secretly shot short film Battle at Big Rock, which premieres on FX this weekend.
Colin Trevorrow may be preparing for a franchise homecoming – closing out the revival trilogy that he launched with 2015’s Jurassic World – as the director of the 2021-scheduled Jurassic World 3, but it seems that the helmer got an early surreptitious start on his return Jurassic journey in the short film, Battle at Big Rock.
Trevorrow not only just personally revealed the existence of the Jurassic-canon-connected Battle at Big Rock, but he also – with the subtlety of a T-Rex in a tea room – dropped the news that the eight-minute short was already shot in secret last year in a forest near Dublin, Ireland, and that it will mark a television premiere after an airing of the first Jurassic World on FX on September 15. – For those who are not keeping a close eye on their calendars, that’s this Sunday!
The plot of Battle at Big Rock will perfectly segue from 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (which saw J.A. Bayona step in to direct), which ended with a game-changing development that saw the mythology’s cadre of cloned dinosaurs unleashed upon the civilized world, teasing a new dynamic in which mankind must co-exist with the formerly-extinct species outside the limits of the theme park islands. Indeed, as Trevorrow reveals in an interview with Collider (which also provided a few exclusive images):
“Battle at Big Rock is a short film that takes place one year after the events of Fallen Kingdom. It’s about a family on a camping trip to Big Rock National Park, about 20 miles from where the last film ended. There have been a few sightings, but this is the first major confrontation between dinosaurs and humans.”
Pertinently, the director provided additional details about the short, explaining of his motivation to make it in the first place:
“The world is bigger than just the characters we’ve been following in the films. We’ve finally taken the story off Isla Nublar, we wanted to show a glimpse of that new reality. If this really happened, you’d see a series of random disconnected incidents that would create a pattern of chaos. I wanted to see one of those incidents.”
Trevorrow also teases that we’ll see some new species of dinosaurs and the fully-grown manifestation of one that we saw in Fallen Kingdom. As he explains:
“There are two species we’ve never seen before. The Nasutoceratops, which is a beautiful herbivore that feels like a Texas Longhorn. And the Allosaurus, one of the most iconic dinosaurs of all time. This one was a juvenile in the last movie. She’s all grown up now.”
The Battle at Big Rock cast consists of André Holland (Castle Rock) and Natalie Martinez (The Crossing), joined by child actors Pierson Salvador (NOS4A2) and newcomer Melody Hurd. Trevorrow directed off a script by Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising), who also worked on the Jurassic World 3 script. Additionally, cinematography was provided by Larry Fong (Kong: Skull Island, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), along with a musical score – recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios – by Amie Doherty (Undone).
As Trevorrow comments on the cast:
“It matters that kids see themselves up on screen, and it’s important to create all kinds of heroes. This family is from Oakland, which is a hugely diverse community, it felt natural. The baby even wears an Oaklandish shirt, which I’m sure people from the Town will spot. I love these characters; I’d watch a whole movie with them.”
Of course, Battle at Big Rock is a proverbial preliminary bout designed to whet our appetites for the main event, the yet-to-be-titled Jurassic World 3, which is scheduled to arrive at theaters on June 11, 2021.