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In Jurassic World, there are no references to characters from previous Jurassic Park movies, except Dr. Wu and John Hammond. There is no reference to characters such as Dr. Malcolm and Dr. Grant, who had significant roles in previous movies. What happened to all these characters?

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    They all got eaten by dinosaurs. Off-screen. – user7812 Apr 19 '16 at 11:06
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Out of Universe:

In an interview with MoviePilot, Jurassic World director and writer Colin Trevorrow stated that the goal was to build a new film franchise, rather than merely being a sequel of the old film trilogy.

"[There never was plans to bring back any of the original trio]. I never saw a draft in which they were included, and I think I looked at every iteration at least once. That was because I think largely, and I’m sure the writers agree, but Steven had a mission to make something new, and he really wanted it to be a Jurassic Park for a new generation. So that was always the mission - however different all of those movies were."


In-Universe

Within the film itself, we see multiple references to Jurassic Park being considered a total failure and largely forgotten. Although Drs Malcolm, Grant and Sattler were the major stars of the original film, that was simply because we (the audience) were following the antics of the group that was sent in to test out the attraction and report back to the Board of Directors.

In the wider scheme of things, these individuals aren't in the least bit important to Jurassic World, nor is the fact that they were present when the first park fell over likely to be something that the current management want to talk about.

For the record, Ian Malcolm's fictional book "God Creates Dinosaurs" does make a couple of brief cameos in control room and in the hands of a monorail passenger

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    Well, the image is not clear. – A J Apr 19 '16 at 11:19
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    @AbhishekAgrawal - If you click the link, you can see the promo shot of the book. – user7812 Apr 19 '16 at 11:21
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    Actually, all of the major characters appear in LEGO Jurassic World because the game encompasses all four films. – user9311 Apr 19 '16 at 14:36
  • @Snowman - Oh, ok. I didn't know that. I just spotted it on the wiki page for her character. – user7812 Apr 19 '16 at 14:42
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Very early in the process, several of the actors had been, at various points, asked to reprise roles. Obviously, by the time the final draft had been accepted, Sir Richard Attenborough had passed away and he wasn't an option. Also, by that time, the story had changed and was scripted to take place 22 years after the original trilogy. A fairly detailed rundown is available on the Wiki page.

In short, the concept began in 2001 and was finally scripted in 2011. In that 10-year span many things changed, including the storyline and actors necessary to convey it. To fit the storyline, only the references to the parks creators were relevant; Wu was the lead geneticist who created the dinosaurs from DNA, and Hammond was the financier.

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    Jeff Goldblum is going to reprise his role of Dr. Malcolm in Jurassic World 2. – A J May 18 '17 at 6:00

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