Let's be honest, there as a lot wrong with Jurassic World. But where the box office leads, studios will follow, with the untitled sequel still set for a June 22, 2018 release date after #JurassicWorld grossed over $524 million on its opening weekend alone.
#ChrisPratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return to star as dino-wrangler Owen Grady and heel-wearer extraordinaire Claire Dearing, with J.A. Bayona directing. Colin Trevorrow — who co-wrote and directed Jurassic World — will return to write the sequel script alongside Derek Connolly, who also co-wrote for the first World outing.
'Jurassic World 2' Plot
So, where do the dinos go from here? Popular speculation sees #JurassicWorld2 building upon a hinted at aspect from the preceding movie, namely the concept of the possible coexistence of man and dinosaur (or lack thereof).
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As Owen states of the bond he has with his three man-eating raptors, "It's not about control, it's a relationship based on respect." This bleeds into the warning issued by Alan Grant (Sam Neill) in the original Jurassic Park:
"Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?"
A while back Trevorrow cited the above speech when explaining that Jurassic World 2 would explore the dynamic created when #dinosaurs and man are thrown together. But perhaps we've already seen what happens when man and dinosaur collide, if you believe a certain fan theory. This idea was posited by Redditor tylergrzesik in r/FanTheories a while back, but it's worth revisiting as we look forward to Jurassic World 2, or whatever it ends up being called.
The Indominus Rex Is Part Human?
The big beast of Jurassic World was, of course, the Indominus Rex — a new, genetically engineered, hybrid, super-predator dinosaur, because of course that seemed like a great idea at the time.
Near the beginning of the movie we learn some of what went into its DNA — such as that of the T-Rex, cuttlefish, tree frogs and a pit viper — but one of the big reveals comes when Owen works out that it also included Velociraptor DNA. This happened when he realizes that the Indominus had become the new Alpha Raptor, and so disrupted his connection to his three unusual pets.
So from the outset we know that we haven't been given all the pieces when it comes to learning what goes into the Indominus's genetic makeup. Next up is the evidence tylergrzesik lays out on Reddit, which is as follows:
An Intelligent Hunter
The Indominus displays superior intelligence, far beyond anything we've seen in the Jurassic Park series before. It uses scratches on the wall as a distraction for Owen and the others. It remembers where its tracker was and identifies what it is, as it knows to remove it so it cannot be tracked.
Then — more importantly — it uses the tracker as bait to lure in the special ops team so it could attack them while camouflaged. This is more than cause and effect problem solving displayed by the likes of the raptors, this demonstrates tactical thinking. The Indominus also displayed forethought when freeing the pterodactyls to cause chaos and take down the helicopter, which was above its reach.
Secondly, the hybrid appears to kill for sport or pleasure, rather than for survival. While some animals in the animal kingdom do display this behavior — cats for example — this is another trait we find in humans.
But Wait, There's More
All this taken by itself isn't exactly conclusive, but according to a /Film interview with director Trevorrow, an early version of the Jurassic World script did feature — that's right — "Human-Dinosaur mutant creatures." There's even concept art for it.
Back in 2005 — when Jurassic Park 4 was in development before becoming Jurassic World — screenwriters William Monahan and John Sayles put forward a storyline that featured the above human/dinosaur hybrids. This story would've centered around a "secret genetics lab" that had been cross-breeding humans with dinosaurs, and to be honest we don't want to know exactly how they managed that.
It gets better; according to the /Film interview, the hybrids would have displayed the same problem-solving intelligence that we saw the Indominus demonstrate, as well as having "the ability to fire automatic weapons." Thankfully this storyline was scrapped, but perhaps a little hint of it lived on in the form of the Indominus Rex.
Do you think the Indominus had some human DNA spliced in? Have your say in the comments, and check out our rundown of the best kills from the Jurassic Park franchise below!