When I was probably around ten years old I was your average American boy, in that, I really liked dinosaurs and sharks. I also had big dreams of being a screenwriter. I wrote a lot of little stories and mapped out other, grander tales but I rarely shared them with anyone. One Thanksgiving night, with the whole family gathered in the living room my older sister started asking me to share one of my ideas for a movie. I didn't want to, not being incredibly confident in my artistic abilities and realizing also that most of my ideas were pretty half baked, but she would not relent, insisting that she wouldn't make fun of me. So, finally I told her and some of my other family members about an idea I had that involved an open ocean aquarium type place that studied sharks and was also open to the public. Through a series of mishaps, the sharks get lose in the facility and mayhem ensues. Needless to say I was mercilessly mocked for this idea (particularly by my oldest sister), as it was seen as a blatant rip off of Jurassic Park only with sharks. The whole experience was very upsetting.
But lo and behold, a few short years later there was a little movie called Deep Blue Sea. It was remarkably similar to my original idea, right down to the shark whispering character played by Thomas Jane.
Well, it seems Steven Speilberg also saw Deep Blue Sea.
Despite a trilogy that pretty much had the sole message of People+Dinosaurs=Disaster, the first glimpses of Jurassic World have been unveiled to the galaxy.
It is hard to say thus far what to expect from this movie, it might be really cool, it might be Kingdom of the Crystal Skull part two. One thing that is pretty clear, however, is that movie's plot seems to be suspiciously similar to Deep Blue Sea.
Seeing as how Deep Blue Sea is a rip off of Jurassic Park they wouldn't have to do very much to make the movies more alike, but it is as though the makers of Jurassic World watched Deep Blue Sea, took what little they could find that was distinct about it, and inserted it into their screenplay.
Lets break it down from what we know from the trailer.
Deep Blue Sea:
- Scientists breed genetically modified sharks in an effort to cure Alzheimer's. A side effect of this is that the sharks become highly intelligent.
- The super intelligent sharks at one point eat another shark.
- The sharks get lose in a power failure and run amuck.
- There is a hot female scientist (Saffron Burrows) that arrogantly thinks she can play God with wild animals.
- Their is a cool, shark whisperer type character (Thomas Jane) that the other characters look to for leadership.
My Awesome 10-year-old screenplay
- Everything above minus the female scientist and Alzheimer's thing, plus facility is open to the public.
- Everything above but swap "shark" for "dinosaur", probably minus Alzheimer's angle.
Literally, everything from above. Chris Pratt is playing the velociraptor whisperer and Bryce Dallas Howard is the sexy mad scientist. There's even a scene in the trailer of a prehistoric sea creature eating a shark (possibly meant as an eff you moment to Deep Blue Sea). There is no reason given why they are genetically modifying the dinosaurs in the trailer, but it is likely there is some sort of hypothetically beneficial reason similar to the Alzheimer's thing.
So, with all of this, my question is: why?
Is it all just a crazy coincidence? Did they just hope no one would notice? Did they do it purposefully to shove it in the faces of the makers of Deep Blue Sea? Did someone raid my old writing journals?
I'm fine with whatever the answer is as long as we get a scene with Samuel L. Jackson giving an impassioned speech while sitting on a toilet only to get suddenly chomp'd by a T-rex.