Without a doubt, this year’s biggest film to this point is Jurassic World. It not only made butt loads of money at the box-office for weeks on end, but it hit right at home with many fans of the original Jurassic Park. Now although the ending didn’t give a sign of a sequel, it was obvious that Universal was going to capitalize of the franchises revival.
And so they did. Universal announced a sequel to the monster (pun intended) hit for 2018, which kick-started the craze of speculating where the sequel could possibly go. I’ve heard some wild theories and some pretty solid ones as well, but now we have something to go off of. World director Colin Trevorrow won’t be back in the chair this time around, instead will be serving as co-screenwriting and an executive producer, as he’s dabbling in the galaxy far, far away at the moment. While that’s pretty big, his first task is to create a story for the director who will be taking up the franchises next sequel.
Trevorrow has previously talked about how the sequel will not be confined to an island, and while speaking with the Jurassic Cast Podcast, Trevorrow took it a step further and gave us some juicy details into what exactly is inspiring the sequel:
“Honestly, the trilogy is articulated in Jurassic Park, it’s all in there… Jurassic World is all based on Ian Malcolm’s quote, ‘You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you wanna sell it.’ That to me is Jurassic World, that’s why I had all the product placement, that’s what it was. The second one, Jurassic World 2, and as we were driving we tried to find, what is the foundation? ‘Dinosaurs and man, separated by 65 million years of evolution have been thrown back into the mix together. How can we know what to expect?’ That’s why it’s exciting that the movie did well, that leaves us a lot of room to run, and it was part of this design, it had a beginning, middle, and end when we wrote the first movie. Now that the movie did well, we get to play that out.”
Not only does he give some great details, but he precedes to drop that Jurassic World was in fact the beginning of a planned trilogy. World‘s sequel will act as the middle entry into the new trilogy, and although we’ve heard that it will go away from the island format (which we’ve seen before), Trevorrow promises the sequel to be a much different:
“It will get to be a different kind of film. The audience has given us permission to a certain extent to take this to the next level, and I don’t necessarily mean in scale, I feel very strongly that it’s not about more dinosaurs or bigger and better dinosaurs, it’s about using this as a starting point for a much larger story about our relationship with these animals and about animals in general and the dynamic created by bringing them back to life.”
He goes on to talk about Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s characters of Owen and Claire and how they are a central part of the trilogy because of their direct connection to Jurassic World‘s fallout:
“Jurassic World was very much made with the fans in mind, and I’m not going to forget it, but now we’ve seen a lot of ‘dinosaurs chasing people around on an island’ movies. I think you guys and also the general audience is going to be down to explore where else we can go. We know Owen is going to be in it and Claire will be in it and neither will be in the same place that we left them in this movie, Even though Claire is the one who evolves the most over the trilogy, it’s her story that mirrors this changing world, Owen has shit to deal with. The two of them opened Pandora’s Box in Jurassic World and each of them are responsible for different elements of it in different ways, and I think the way that these characters are connected to the circumstances of what’s happening it’s different than the previous films. It’s not ‘Let’s manufacture a way to get them somewhere,’ they’re embedded into it now in a way that as story tellers makes it much easier for us to keep them involved and doesn’t feel as contrived.”
I am one who absolutely fell in love with what Trevorrow was able to do with Jurassic World. Spinning his own take on the classic story while still staying very close to home (Jurassic Park). With that comes the want (and somewhat need) to see a sequel, which I am oh so happy that there is one coming. And although Trevorrow’s comments don’t give away a TON, hearing that the sequel will once again be inspired from the original film is very exciting.
Jurassic World 2 has a June 22nd, 2018 release date.