Savvy directors have become increasingly fond of the Twitter tease. Zack Snyder recently teased us with a picture of the Batmobile under a tarp before revealing the new Batsuit as it will appear in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice; Bryan Singer was teasing us with Days of Future Past pics nearly a year before its release, and JJ Abrams hasn't been able to resist getting in on the game while working on Star Wars: Episode VII. But no one has teased us with as little as Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has done.
On Tuesday the director tweeted a picture of a shadow of a dinosaur to whet our appetites. It's not even a silhouette or a close-up of an eye or something. It's just the shadow of a creature we're assuming to be a dinosaur, but might be a crocodile based on that flat jaw and those teeth.
In a recent email exchange with SlashFilm, Trevorrow revealed a few details about the alpha predator of Jurassic World, confirming earlier rumors that it's a new dinosaur created by splicing together other forms of dino DNA. But he really wanted to stress that the thing isn't some weird snake mutant like those early reports might have suggested.
"This creation exists to fulfill a corporate mandate — they want something bigger, louder, with more teeth. And that’s what they get," Trevorrow wrote.
"I know the idea of a modified dinosaur put a lot of fans on red alert, and I understand it. But we aren’t doing anything here that Crichton didn’t suggest in his novels. This animal is not a mutant freak. It doesn’t have a snake’s head or octopus tentacles. It’s a dinosaur, created in the same way the others were, but now the genetics have gone to the next level. For me, it’s a natural evolution of the technology introduced in the first film."
More revealing are these pics, which went online last week. They show Chris Pratt in costume as a behavioral scientist who works with velociraptors as well as Bryce Dallas Howard in a white pantsuit, and newcomers Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins looking terrified while maybe looking at a dinosaur.