It's been clear since the first trailers were released that "Jurassic World" has taken great pains to incorporate the feel of "Jurassic Park," including numerous callbacks to the original flick both overt and subtle. It turns out that that's no accident, since director Colin Trevorrow has revealed that filmmakers consider "World" a direct sequel to "Park" -- and are essentially pretending that "Park"'s first two sequels never happened.

In an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Trevorrow explained that all those callbacks are intentional, though "World" is by no means a remake of the first film. But the director purposefully chose to focus "World"'s action on events happening after those in "Park," he said, and is ignoring the storylines from 1997's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park" and 2001's "Jurassic Park III" entirely.

"According to Trevorrow, the previous sequels aren't being written out of continuity so much as placed to the side, as they both unfolded on a different island," Yahoo! writes.

"Lost World" was a serviceable -- if lackluster -- sequel, but "JPIII" was pretty terrible, so it makes sense that Trevorrow and co. would choose to steer the ship back toward the magic of the 1993 original. And as the director tells it, he was determined to pay tribute to "Park" (and its director, Steven Spielberg) and restore its luster for a new generation of filmgoers.

"I felt like I had a responsibility to do it," Trevorrow told Yahoo!. "Mostly for Steven, in thanks for all he's done for all of us and how much his movies meant to me in my childhood. But also, if one is asked to do this, it's almost insulting to everyone else to say no. We'd all love this privilege - to be able to re-create a film that meant so much to us."

"Jurassic World" is due in theaters on June 12.

[via: Yahoo! Movies]