The movie Jurassic World put up ridiculous box office numbers, which was somewhat expected, but probably not to this extent. Up to this point, they've grossed $1.659 billion at the worldwide box office, prompting a sequel that will surely be a massive box office hit as well.
In said sequel, we might see Owen and Claire in completely different places mentally than in the first film. If their relationship hadn't been through enough fighting off the Indominus rex, it sounds like they will be tested further in this upcoming film.
Director Colin Trevorrow will be back on for the next film, which he says will be the second in a trilogy of Jurassic World movies. Here's what he had to say on the 'Jurassic Cast Podcast' about the franchise:
"We looked at it as a trilogy from the very beginning. We designed the whole thing that way. And, honestly, the whole trilogy is articulated in Jurassic Park. Jurassic World is all based on Ian Malcom’s quote: ‘you stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you knew what you had, you’d packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox and now you want to sell it.’ That, to me, is Jurassic World. That’s why I had all the product placement, that’s what it was. So with Jurassic World 2 it’s: '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 not the exact quote, but you get the idea. And that’s why its exciting the movie did well. I had a beginning, a middle and an end and it was designed this way. So now we get to play that out.
It’ll be a different kind of film and the audience has given us kind of permission to take this to the next level. And I don’t mean in scale. I feel very strongly that this is not ‘more dinosaurs’ or ‘bigger dinosaurs’, it’s about using this as a starting point to discover our relationship with these animals and with animals in general, and the dynamic that was created by bringing them back to life.
He also went on to discuss the future of Owen and Claire in the upcoming installment of the trilogy:
We made [Jurassic World] with the fans very much in mind and I’m not going to forget that, but we’ve seen a lot of ‘dinosaurs chasing people around on an island’ movies. And I think you guys and the general audience are going to be down to explore where else we can go. Owen is going to be in it, Claire is in it and neither are going to be in the same place we left them in the first movie. And 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. They’ve both opened Pandora’s Box in Jurassic World and both of them are responsible for different elements of it. And I think the way these characters are connected to these circumstances of what’s happening, it’s different than previous films. It’s not ‘let’s manufacture a way to get them somewhere’, they’re embedded into it now in a way that us storytellers are able to keep them involved without it feeling contrived."
I'm up for this, and it makes me happy that it appears they have a plan for the sequential films. It doesn't seem like they are just capitalizing off the success of the first movie. They're being careful and detailed about what they're going to do with this franchise.
What do you think?