Producer Frank Marshall has made an exciting announcement on Twitter, and it's not just to show off his toy dinosaur collection. Jurassic World 2 is now underway, with the production location confirmed to be London.
The sequel to the action-packed 2015 #JurassicWorld has started off in London, with Wales Online confirming production will be heading to Wales before possibly moving on to the lush tropical surroundings of Hawaii. And considering recent hints regarding the film's narrative, it's a fitting choice.
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Jurassic World fan site Jurassic Outpost reported rumors of film crew scouting for locations around Pinner, Harrow earlier this month— a suburb close to the famous Pinewood Studios.
The bustling city is a drastic change from Hawaii, where the majority of Jurassic World was filmed. This may indicate a large amount of scenes being filmed in the studio with the use of green screens. However, the prospect of CGI-heavy landscapes doesn't quite match the sequel's new preference for animatronics over animation.
Could there be another reason for choosing the Big Smoke as a filming location? The answer to that question may just be hiding in the studio's new websites.
A Dino Rescue Mission?
Soon after the release of Jurassic World, writer Colin Trevorrow told Wired that he didn't want the sequel to be "just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That’ll get old real fast." It's possible that the film will shift its focus away from the island and let the story unfold in a different location entirely.
Jurassic Outpost unearthed another hidden gem regarding the direction of Jurassic World 2. Universal Studios have registered three brand-new domain names, one of which is IslaNublarRescueMission.com.
While the site isn't live yet, its title suggests that the sequel's characters might spend a lot less time jumping off waterfalls and a lot more time planning this epic "rescue mission". Perhaps the sequel will see Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) shacked up together in London, far away from their prehistoric adversaries. No doubt the two protagonists will take some convincing to return to Isla Nublar for this mysterious "rescue mission".
But while they're safe from the clawed clutches of hungry dinosaurs for now, they may have another foe to fight: animal rights groups.
Good News For PETA
Universal Studios have also registered two more intriguing domain names: AllCreaturesHaveRights.com and AllCreaturesHaveRights.org. This matches Trevorrow's comments to Time back in October that the sequel will focus on animals rights:
"The dinosaurs will be a parable of the treatment animals receive today: the abuse, medical experimentation, pets, having wild animals in zoos like prisons, the use the military has made of them, animals as weapons."
This of course raises the question of exactly who's going to be orchestrating this Isla Nublar Rescue Mission. Will Owen and Claire actually be returning to save the island's dinosaur population from a potential mass euthanasia, or will they be the ones trying to stop radical animal rights activists from liberating the dinosaurs from containment?
This is an angle that's thrilled animal rights group PETA, who have already given the upcoming film their stamp of approval thanks to the fact that all its animal are of the fictional variety. According to PETA's website, "animal actors are unnecessary."
While this political slant may displease some fans, it's the logical next step for the franchise— after all, Jurassic World drew heavy parallels with heavily-criticized animal theme parks such as Sea World.
What do you think of the animal rights focus of Jurassic World 2?