Jurassic World: Dominion cinemagoers might’ve noticed the absence of its opening prologue, which was released as an appetizer back in November 2021.
In this six-minute clip, the clock rewinds 65 million years as Cretaceous landscapes present themselves before the camera; a herd of diplodocuses hang around a lake before a quetzalcoatlus glides down to claim its next meal, while a T-Rex goes head-to-head with another fearsome giant.
But, according to director Colin Trevorrow, who put into motion this whole Jurassic World saga seven years ago, his prologue couldn’t fit in the theatrical cut.
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“[It was] maybe too malick-ian for a big summer movie, “he told The Wrap. “It was the beginning of the movie; it’s the first five minutes of the movie and something I’m very proud of.
“In our negotiations for how long this movie could be, and it’s still a pretty long movie, we realized that it was going to have to go. Universal supported my request to just give it to everyone for free and let people watch this prologue as a way to bring them into the world that we were creating.
“Hopefully, and I could almost say assuredly, someday you will be able to see it again.”
As for whether this means we’ll get a Dominion director’s cut? “We’ll see. We’ll see how things go. Fingers crossed.” commented Trevorrow.
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At the time of the prologue’s unveiling, the filmmaker confessed it was “a bit of a self-indulgent thing for the child in me, because I always wanted to see the dinosaurs as they were in the Cretaceous period”.
Terrence Malick would approve.
Jurassic World: Dominion is now playing in cinemas.
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