The Yellow Pages: A Glimpse at the Script of Jurassic World 2

'Official' news concerning Jurassic World 2 has been thin on the ground, but there's more than meets the eye with this glimpse at the film's script.

 This post was published as part of #JurassicJune, an annual, month-long, community-wide celebration of all things Jurassic. All such posts, along with those of previous years, can be found here.

UPDATE (June 15, 2017)
@Sickle_Claw, clearly having better eyes than me, points out that there are UK power outlets in the photo shared by Frank Marshall, which would seem to shoot down the Hawaii theory. I did wonder whether the team’s equipment might simply have come with such outlets — powered by an independent generator, perhaps? — given that the photo seems to have been taken inside a tent, but I admit that’s pushing it a little.

Additionally, @debosaurusrex81 reached out to @SilverScreenSHF to ask about yellow pages, and was told that they indicate a third revision. Worth noting, despite the fact that it contradicts John Schwartzmann’s statement. As @ChrisLikesDinos suggests, perhaps the meaning of the colours varies from project to project. Whatever the case, it’s still encouraging to know that a bit more attention seems to have been paid to the script this time.

UPDATE #2 (June 15, 2017)
It’s a funny thing: articles you spend anywhere from a few days to a few weeks writing can fade into oblivion almost immediately upon publication, yet those you spend about twenty minutes working on can attract a relatively insane amount of attention and spark a whole lot of debate.

That’s definitely been the case with this one, with the subject of most debate being the meaning of the coloured pages. In the interview from 2015, Jurassic World’s John Schwartzmann clearly states that yellow pages represented that film’s first rewrite. When @debosaurusrex81 pointed out that this might not be the case across the board, I updated the article accordingly, pointing out the debate, but left Schwartzmann’s comments unchanged.

A short while after that initial update, Twitter user @ejv_101 joined the fray, stating that yellow pages represent the third rewrite and providing a link to an article corroborating the statement. You can find that article here, but it’s worth noting that the sequence of colours it lists is merely recommended by the Writers Guild of America; the article specifically states that some productions do their own thing.

What does all this mean for Jurassic World 2? Honestly, I haven’t got a clue. I just thought the fact that rewrites were being done at all this time was interesting. As I said above, I’m going to leave Schwartzmann’s comments intact, but use these updates to point out the debate over the issue until a definitive answer presents itself — if ever.

I also sent a Tweet to Colin Trevorrow, so we should have said definitive answer momentarily. *Cough.*

Despite the fact that many members of the community have been enthusiastically taking part in #JurassicJune, it’s been noticeably quiet as far as official Jurassic news goes. However, while it’s far from being meaningful news, an interesting little tidbit showed up online today.

Posting on Twitter, user @theawkwardyeti shared a photo of Bryce Dallas Howard looking over a certain script…

It’s not much to look at, and stringing an entire article out of it is, in truth, taking things a bit far. Thing is, though, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to that script.

Back in 2015, I was shocked to learn — whilst listening to an interview with Jurassic World’s director of photography conducted by JurassicCast — that there were absolutely no changes made to Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly’s script for the film.

Every time a scene gets rewritten… you get what’s called a Coloured Page… your first rewrite are yellow pages. Then there are blue pages… pink pages. Jurassic World is one colour… it is white… we shot Colin’s script and we didn’t change a thing… — John Schwartzmann.

Having been so very underwhelmed by the quality of Jurassic World’s writing, this baffled me, and sowed serious doubts about that of the sequel — which brings us back to the photo in question. You don’t even have to look closely to see it: the script is full of yellow pages, which, as Mr. Schwartzmann explained, indicate a first rewrite. Of particular note is the fact that pretty much the entire back-end of the film seems to have been rewritten.

Of course, I might be making a proverbial mountain out of one of those equally proverbial molehills with this one, but I can’t help but find it encouraging that a little more care seems to have been taken in the script department this time around. As Mr. Masrani might say…

What effect it has on the final product, though, we’ll just have to wait and see. I have my fingers crossed. As I’ve said what feels like a thousand times before, I’m more than willing to give Trevorrow and Connolly another shot. I hope they pull it off.

Elsewhere, producer Frank Marshall shared yet another photo of a certain chaotician’s chair.

Whilst it by no means serves as confirmation, the timing is interesting. Given that filming is currently taking place in Hawaii, it could point to Malcolm’s involvement in those parts of the film set on Nublar…

… then again, it might just be an old photo from the London shoot. As with the quality of the script, we’ll just have to wait and see.

FOR THE ATTENTION OF VIDEO GAME DEVELOPERS EVERYWHERE
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2011. Yes, you read that right: 2011. That’s the last time there was a Jurassic game of any real significance. Whilst an enjoyable treat, LEGO Jurassic World wasn’t at all what the majority of fans have been waiting for, and with the commercial success of Jurassic World, it should have been but an appetiser for bigger, better things to come. Well… fire the waiter, and send some raptors into the kitchen to see what’s up, because we’re still waiting for the main course.

Jurassic is a franchise that lends itself to any number of genres, and there’s certainly no shortage of ideas for possible games. It really is about time one came along. Yes, there are rights involved, deals to be made and permissions to be gotten, but, let’s be honest: it’s going to happen.

Life will find a way, and someone will make one. Why not you?


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  • I am actually kind of puzzled with John Schwartzmann words indicating no changes in Colin Trevorrows script.
    In wikipedia there is information saying that there were few versions of script after he did rewrites for Jaffa and Silver script. Final version was approved by Spielberg on September 2013:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jurassic_World#Development

    • For the London-based shoot of Fallen Kingdom, Trevorrow was on-set to help with any last-minute revisions to the script. I could be wrong, but I assume Schwartzmann means that there were no changes made to Jurassic World once they had a version they were happy to film.