The one thing I appreciated more than anything regarding Jurassic World is how the film pays homage to the original. Now that the franchise has conquered Hollywood once again, fans are
interested curious in seeing where it goes next. Because lets face it, the whole “dinosaurs loose on the island hunting park visitors” is getting kind of old, right?
Colin Trevorrow won’t be returning to direct the sequel, because Star Wars Episode IX (enough said). He will instead serve as co-writer and executive producer. So far, Trevorrow has teased the sequel expanding beyond a single island. During a recent appearance on Jurassic Cast Podcast (via. Collider), he mentioned a memorable line from Jurassic Park (’94), which will serve as the thesis for 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.”
I must admit, I’m excited to hear they’re continuing to make use of quotes from the original characters to further their story. I still have no idea what to expect, but I’m loving their approach towards finding a story. Luckily, Trevorrow reveals a small tease at what we can expect for Jurassic World 2, story-wise.
“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.”
The filmmakers have a tough task ahead of them, but with Trevorrow leading the charge, along with writer Derek Connolly (and presumably Steven Spielberg) they have all the momentum going into the sequel. Trevorrow also confirms that both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will reprise their roles.
“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 still stand by how I feel about Jurassic World, but having both Pratt and Howard return seems right. Whatever they decide to do hopefully involves keeping Howard out of them high heels.
Anyways, the sequel is a little under three years away from its June 22, 2018 release. Expect more developments going into next year, including a new director and new cast members.
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