After being stuck in development hell for 10 years, Jurassic World absolutely smashed the box office. Its combination of nostalgia appeal and glossy new special effects made it the most successful film of 2015, grossing $651 million domestically and $1.6 billion worldwide. So a sequel was a dead cert, and Jurassic World 2 will storm into cinemas in July 2018. The production team are already talking big changes to the plot for the sequel, even suggesting that this film may not feature a dino theme park. But as popular as the film is, it has its flaws, so can these problems be fixed by Jurassic World 2?
Keeping It Fresh
Jurassic World stepped out from the shadow of Jurassic Park by appealing to an entirely new audience, and as director Colin Trevorrow explained, this meant our favourite characters from the original films could not return.
"I never saw a draft in which they were included, and I think I looked at every iteration at least once. That was because Steven had a mission to make something new, and he really wanted it to be a Jurassic Park for a new generation."
While this was disappointing for old fans of the franchise, a brand new cast ensured that audiences knew this was something of a standalone, and no doubt contributed to those fantastic ticket sales. But could this change in Jurassic World 2?
It's certainly possible: now that Jurassic World has been established as its own story, it might be time to tie it back to the original films for a sense of continuity. Bryce Dallas Howard recently offered her thoughts on bringing back some of the original cast for Jurassic World 2.
"I could see versions of the film where a lot of the characters come back, and just as a fan of the franchise, I would be totally stoked on that. I get like any person who was a fan of the first film I get such a rush at the possibility of characters coming back."
What better way to tap into that nostalgia than by seeing the old faves appear in the franchise again? But it seems like this might not be a legitimate possibility, as Trevorrow is keen to get away from the format of the original films.
"We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story."
So it looks like the focus will firmly be on the new characters carrying the story to its natural conclusion. And that might just feature something completely unthinkable...
Dinosaurs & Humans In Harmony?
This is apparently the long term goal of the new trilogy: finding a way for these two species to live together now that the dinos are officially back.
But before we get to this point, there are plenty of other companies itching to use the genetic developments from Jurassic World for their own dino plans... and that might just include raptor soldiers!
"I really like the idea that this group of geneticists aren’t the only people who can make a dinosaur. It would be like the way we have relationships with animals on this planet right now – there are animals that are kept in zoos, like Jurassic Park, but they are also used in agriculture, and medicine and in war."
It seems nonsensical for companies to keep trying to use dinosaurs for their own gain, when the dinos just keep escaping and eating a bunch of people. The idea of corporate greed potentially dooming humanity was a clear theme of Jurassic World, and no character better represented that than Claire Dearing.
Running In Heels
Beginning the film as a ruthless career woman, Claire slowly learned to embrace her badass side to protect her two nephews.
Her dedication to her career was meant to parallel the theme of corporate greed, and as Claire learned the more important things in life (mostly just sticking to her maternal gender role), so the moral of the story was revealed: corporations bad, natural order good.
Of course, the perfect way to illustrate that would have been to get Claire out of those darn high heeled shoes, as many many critics pointed out after the film's release. Some even suggested a good solution to the high heels issue, in a way that would also express Claire's movement away from corporate greed...
"Here’s how you fix Claire's footwear problem: at one point in the film, Claire and Owen discover a ruin of the original Jurassic Park. She discovers a sturdy pair of hiking boots stashed in a storage locker, leading to a funny little moment where she holds them up to Owen, smug, and puts them on, tossing her heels aside. (Hell, let the camera linger in on the mud-and-blood-splattered pumps for a second if you want to get cute with it.)"
Most of the criticism focused on the fact that it's impractical and painful to try and survive dinosaurs in high heels, and any sensible person would ditch the shoes as soon as possible. But on the bright side, the high heels debate did create some hilarious reactions...
Thankfully, Jurassic World 2 seems set to solve this problem, as Howard revealed!
"Colin [Trevorrow] texted me ‘#NoHeels2018.’ Claire knows to get in there now and her dynamic with the animals has certainly shifted, and the woman you see at the end of Jurassic World is very different from the woman see you at the beginning."
Without her painful pumps, Claire is surely capable of doing anything... so what's next?
So there you have it folks, the biggest problem from the first film WILL be solved in Jurassic World 2! But what else would you like to see from the sequel? Let us know in the comments, or write your own post!
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