While it could have taken clues from the "bigger isn't necessarily better" warning woven into its own scenario, Jurassic World was definitely a respectable new take on the Jurassic Park franchise. Sure, nothing will beat the cult status of the very first movie — but it was an excellent chaser after the embarrassment of Jurassic Park III, and modern CGI did wonders to the voracious creatures populating the park.
If you're among those who started fantasizing about getting pet raptors after seeing Chris Pratt play dinosaur sitter, you'll be happy to know that Jurassic World has been confirmed as the first installment of a trilogy, of which the second part is already planned to start filming at the beginning of next year.
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Jurassic World Is A Trilogy
Latino-Review is reporting that Jurassic World is indeed part of a trilogy, and that the Jurassic World sequel is set to start filming in February 2017 for a summer 2018 release. Most importantly, new director J. A. Bayona shared his enthusiasm for the direction the trilogy was headed:
"The whole 'Jurassic World' is a trilogy that Colin Trevorrow has envisioned. We're writing the second chapter, and it's very interesting where he's leading the story. I grew up watching Steven Spielberg movies and I love those movies and the legacy, so it's a question of being truthful to the legacy and at the same time, bringing new stuff that people will appreciate. We are still six months ahead of shooting, and so far, so good. It's very exciting right now."
Bayona, who directed The Orphanage and has A Monster Calls coming out soon, will direct a script co-written by the director of Jurassic World, Colin Trevorrow. Having Trevorrow on board will certainly help bring a cohesion to the ensemble, while Bayona's horror-fantasy background should help refresh the well-known trope of "man creates dinosaurs, dinosaurs eat man."
What Will The Jurassic World Sequel Be About?
Thankfully we won't get yet another version of the dinosaur feeding ground disguised as a theme park; Instead, Trevorrow has hinted several times at how he wanted to take the story beyond the well-known gates of Jurassic World. Last year, he spoke to Entertainment Weekly about how the implications of recreating dinosaurs were much larger than just entertainment:
"I feel like the audience has given us permission, to a certain extent, to take this to the next level — 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 with animals in general, and the dynamic created by bringing them back to life."
Since the movie ended with Dr. Wu grabbing a few precious embryos on the way out, we're pretty sure that he's not going to hide them in his freezer to contemplate. The original plan was to turn them into weapons, but there's probably a lot more applications that dinosaurs could be good for. Let's just hope they don't pick the deadliest ones this time.
Can We Expect Some Bonkers Dinosaurs?
While it would be over the top to engineer a dinosaur bigger than the Indominus Rex, there's still plenty of incredible creatures that would help diversify the lineup amid all the raptors and diplodocuses.
Take the Concavenator, which looks like a fancier version of a raptor, but was suspected to have feathers instead of scales.
Or if you wanted a pet, you'd probably turn to the herbivorous Kulindadromeus, which you'd think could be a mix of a chicken and a badger.
That doesn't look very dinosaur-ish to you? As the scientific community is making more and more progress on proving that dinosaurs were actually birds, the representation of these animals through blockbusters like Jurassic World seems to be set on portraying them as large reptiles, simply because an array of colorful feathers just wouldn't make the killing machines as credible. But how awesome would it be if Hollywood could mirror the latest discoveries? After all, films like Jurassic Park were always meant to bring out the nerd in us.
Check out Stephen J. Bodio's article in Living Bird Magazine, "They Had Feathers: Is the World Ready to See Dinosaurs as They Really Were?" and imagine what Jurassic Park would have been like with this kind of T. Rex:
What would you love to see in the Jurassic World sequel?