"We're not always going to be the only ones who can make a dinosaur." So says Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong) in a line that was cut from the opening weekend record-breaking Jurassic World. Despite the fact that this line didn't make it into the final cut, it looks like it's this idea that is going to form the basis of the sequel, the as yet not officially titled Jurassic World 2.
Don't These People Ever Learn Their Lesson?
Despite the fact that Trevorrow has said that he doesn't plan to return to direct Jurassic World 2 he certainly has a lot of ideas about the sequel and how it should play out, he's co-writing the screenplay so yeah that makes sense.
Following the Indomnius Rex and the rest running wild and pretty much levelling the Jurassic World theme park, it's a bit of a stretch to see how the company will justify carrying on their research from there, or indeed have the financial means to do so. However! The film neatly sets itself up for a sequel elsewhere, all thanks to the aforementioned Dr. Wu.
Wu hightailed it off the island once the dino shit started hitting the fan, helicoptering off into the sunset with case full of dinosaur embryos and the details of his research. Where he's off to and who will get that research into their hands remains to be seen, but at least we know it's not going to be Vic Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio) as he met an unfortunate end as dino-meat.
Now that the theme park and it's inhabitants are probably going to be a write off, Trevorrow has hinted that the sequel will be more of an open world setting rather than being confined to one island (as has been the trend in over the past four movies).
"[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That’ll get old real fast."
Instead Trevorrow has speculated as what would happen if you apply the concept of open source to the production of dinosaurs, like Dr. Wu hinted at in the deleted line. Open source means that any company can breed dinosaurs rather than just InGen, which would allow competing companies to breed the creatures for non-entertainment purposes; agriculture, medicine, and war (listen to Chris Pratt guys, that's a no-no for raptors).
"When we look at various technologies, they go open source at some point, and they proliferate - and I think of a world… a Jurassic World. I changed the title for a reason."
"There’s a brief conversation between Dr Wu and Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond about the idea that these animals can be used for more than just a theme park; things like medicine, agriculture and potentially for war."
Okay okay I know, the Jurassic franchise has never pretended to toe the line of actual real life science, but the concept of dinosaurs being used in modern warfare seems a little bit shaky.
It makes sense at this juncture to move away from the localised island setting as that's where we've been for four films now, but the reason that they've stuck with that setting is because it's an extremely effective one for this type of film. A new direction is certainly what's needed now, but taking dinosaurs global and/or involving them in war is going to cause all sorts of problems, narratively and logistically.
We've already seen that dinosaurs are hard to keep in captivity, especially when you genetically enhance them to make them smarter and more adaptable. (Have these people never seen Deep Blue Sea?) But logistically, the weaponised dinosaurs designed to be involved in warfare sound like the sort of concept that would've been cool maybe 50 years ago. Or in an alternate reality wherein modern advances in war technology had not taken place.
No matter how cool it would be to see velociraptors fighting man on a global scale (think Terminator with dinosaurs instead of Skynet) dinosaurs would be completely annihilated by modern day military weapons. Unless there's some global shut-down of military tech (Skynet again!) it's unlikely that this concept would amount to anything more than heaps of dead dinos.
Add to that the fact that we've already seen that the human-dino connection between Pratt's Owen Grady and his raptors is tenuous at best, and the horrendous costs involved in cloning and maintaining even the smallest of dinosaurs, it seems like a whole heap of plot-hole laced trouble if the writers chose to go down this route in Jurassic World 2.
At least there's good news for Chris Pratt fans (and bad news for people who dislike it when good actors who are cast in uncharacteristic roles) he's returning for the sequel alongside Bryce Dallas Howard as generic fridgid-childless-boss-lady Claire Dearing. Steven Spielberg will be executive producing again alongside Trevorrow. Jurassic World 2 is scheduled to be released June 22, 2018.