Jurassic World 2 (don't worry, that's just the working title) is happening. No-one was particularly surprised by that fact though given the ridiculously successful opening it experienced, grossing over $524 million the first weekend alone.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return to star as dino-rangler Owen Grady and stereotypical female boss cut-out Claire Dearing respectively. Colin Trevorrow (who co-wrote and directed Jurassic World) will write the sequel script alongside Derek Connolly, who also co-wrote for the first World outing.
Steven Spielberg will be back as Executive Producer but though Trevorrow is back to write the script he won't be directing, preferring to hand the helm over to someone new. There's been no confirmation on who this will be yet, but we do know that the release date has been set for June 22nd 2018. A while to go then. We don't know all that much about it yet but Trevorrow has already heavily teased the central concept, namely...
Man & Dinosaur, Living Together?!
"It's not about control, it's a relationship based on respect." states Grady of the bond he has with his three man-eating raptors in Jurassic World. This may have seemed like a throwaway line at the time but it looks like this is going to lay out the basis for the central concept of the upcoming sequel.
"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?"
Citing the above line, spoken by Alan Grant (Sam Neil) in the original Jurassic Park, Trevorrow says that Jurassic World 2 will explore what happens when dinosaurs and man are thrown together. It won't take place on an localised island or otherwise, rather it will deal with the greater ramifications of a world which man and dinosaur have to share.
Trevorrow wants to use the sequel to tell a story of man's relationship with the prehistoric creatures, the impact that bringing back dinosaurs will have on the environment and the consequences of bringing them back in the first place.
I though we had the consequences pretty well covered already though; dinosaurs + people = folk getting eaten.
The True Jurassic World
"I think of a world… a Jurassic World. I changed the title for a reason. It’s not just the name of a theme park, where we coexist with these animals in the way that we do now with other animals in the planet. Don’t go into the jungle! There’s raptors in there! And so there are all kinds of interests who have the ability to make these animals for various needs and purposes. There is potential there."
Sure, there's potential. Potential for humanity to go extinct. There's a reason all the other films have taken place on isolated islands - to stop dinosaurs getting out into the general populace and eating everyone, the theme of pretty much every film in the Jurassic Park franchise.
If they can pull this concept off, it might be interesting. But can they? Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) said it best back in the original film:
"Don't you see the danger, John, inherent in what you're doing here? Genetic power is the most awesome force the planet's ever seen, but you wield it like a kid that's found his dad's gun... You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you're selling it, you wanna sell it... Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should. This isn't some species that was obliterated by deforestation, or the building of a dam. Dinosaurs had their shot, and nature selected them for extinction."
With this Jurassic World 2 concept Trevorrow is the kid wielding his dad's gun. He's stated that the concept came from the idea that the dinosaurs could go open source now that Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) has helicoptered off into the sunset with a case full of dinosaur embryos and the details of his research.
Trevorrow forsees this leading to a scenario wherein any company can breed dinosaurs rather than just InGen (the bioengineering company in Jurassic World). This would allow competing companies to breed dinosaurs for non-entertainment purposes; agriculture, medicine, and war (listen to Chris Pratt guys, that's a no-no for raptors).
Basically it sounds like Jurassic World 2 is going to be a massive undertaking, not just of CGI but also of writing and character if they're going to get this one right.
Of course, the Jurassic films have never pretended to be wholly scientific (not since the original anyway) and Jurassic World certainly underscored this. But even then we saw Grady's raptors turn against him, even if he did manage to reestablish the alpha-raptor bond between himself and them towards the end.
Personally the only way I can see dinosaurs and humans existing in the same world is in some Skynet type scenario where humanity ends up at war with their own creations. But what do I know, I'm no palaeontologist.
I guess we'll just have to wait until more details emerge to gain a clearer picture of what Trevorrow's comments mean and where he intends to take the franchise from here on out.