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Ever since it was announced, Jurassic World 2 has been a bit of a mystery. Director Colin Trevorrow has repeatedly stated that this wouldn't be another case of dinosaurs let loose in a park, but he hasn't told us what exactly the plot of the second installment will be about either. Will we see dinosaur soldiers, like InGen was hoping to create in the first Jurassic World? Dinosaur pets? The possibilities are endless.

Still, we got a sign that Jurassic World 2 is getting ready for production: The movie officially has a working title! That means it's also still right on track to start filming in February like planned — reportedly, filming will take place in Hawaii as usual, but will also include a major part in London. That means no island, and possibly no park. After all, who would open a dinosaur park after the events of Jurassic World?

Jurassic World 2's Working Title Is A Little Different

The working title for Jurassic World 2 is Ancient Futures. While it's more of a practical measure — working titles usually have no impact on the final name of the film — it certainly has a mysterious vibe to it, and implies a link between the past (the dinosaurs) and the future (the technology).

It's also interesting to note that it's the first working title in the franchise that doesn't include the word "Jurassic," further confirming the director's wish to distance himself from what has been done with the story before. While the original Jurassic Park didn't have a working title, the sequels had a few that never strayed too far from the final version:

  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park: Jurassic Park 2, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, The Lost World, The Lost World: Jurassic Park 2
  • Jurassic Park III: Jurassic Park 3: The Extinction, Jurassic Park: Breakout, Return to the Island: Jurassic Park 3, The Extinction: Jurassic Park 3
  • Jurassic World: Jurassic Park IV

That's pretty much all the "Jurassic Park" iterations anyone could think of.

No Dinosaur Soldiers In Ancient Futures

'Jurassic World' / Universal Pictures
'Jurassic World' / Universal Pictures

It also looks like we shouldn't really count on the prospect of seeing dinosaurs on the battle field. Talking to Collider recently, Trevorrow explained that this wasn't the direction he'd planned on taking:

"I'm not that interested in militarized dinosaurs, at least not in practice. I liked it in theory as the pipe dream of a lunatic. When that idea was first presented to me as part of an earlier script it was something that the character that ended up being Owen was for, that he supported, something that he was actively doing even at the beginning. Derek and I, one of our first reactions was 'No if anyone's gonna militarize raptors that's what the bad guy does, he's insane.'"

He's got a good point: Watching dinosaurs fight on the battlefield wouldn't be very different from seeing them hunt in their natural habitat, and might ultimately be less entertaining.

'Jurassic World' / Universal Pictures
'Jurassic World' / Universal Pictures

What would you like to see in Jurassic World 2, a.k.a. Ancient Futures?

[Sources: Comic Book, Collider]


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