“Jurassic Park” fans have been eagerly waiting to find out what the title of the Universal franchise’s fourth installment, “Jurassic World,” would mean for the movie’s plot — and star Chris Pratt revealed it during a “Today” show behind-the-scenes set visit.
While some may have hoped the dinosaurs hatched in Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 blockbuster would have taken over the globe by now, it turns out the title is derived from the theme park John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) originally envisioned, which is now up and running 22 years later.
“Where we’re shooting right now is Jurassic World. People from around the world — 20,000 visitors a day — come to see the dinosaurs and see several attractions. It’s been around long enough where attendance has started to fall off a little bit, so they’ve decided to come up with a new attraction to bring even more people in,” Pratt explained in the video (above) that aired Tuesday. “And you’re never going to believe it, but it doesn’t go well.”
Director Colin Trevorrow (“Safety Not Guaranteed”) has taken over for Steven Spielberg, who remains fairly active in the creative process as executive producer.
“He’ll send ideas and he’ll draw out ideas on pads of paper, and I’ll shoot them,” Trevorrow said.
While touring the set, Pratt and co-star Bryce Dallas Howard gave “Today” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager a glimpse inside the official “Jurassic World” gift shop, which includes a wildly inaccurate action figure of Pratt’s very manly character.
Watch the additional segment, below: