Jurassic World was a surprise smash, breaking box office records by earning $1.6 billion worldwide, putting it on the list for the highest grossing films of all time. Packing in that nostalgia appeal while boasting an all new story, a sequel for the film was a no-brainer, and Jurassic World 2 has been ordered for a July 2018 release. Colin Trevorrow has kept the plot mostly under wraps, but we have had some tantalising hints recently that give us a good idea of what to expect from the new film... and one surprising reveal!
No Theme Park For Jurassic World 2?
The Jurassic park franchise is famous for its usual theme park setting. It's both fun and frightening to see somewhere intended to be a place of entertainment turned into the battleground of a vicious fight to survive. Jurassic World definitely utilised this appeal, which amped up the terror but also the humour of the situation...
So it's difficult to imagine how, or why, Jurassic World 2 wouldn't use this theme park setting, and yet according to Colin Trevorrow this is exactly what might happen.
"It won't be just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That’ll get old real fast. This isn’t always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power, and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponize it, and later on we found it could be used for energy. What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?"
From a storytelling perspective, this makes a lot of sense. The original Jurassic Park films, as fantastic as they were, did repeat the structure of "man creates dinosaurs, dinosaurs eat man". To continue the franchise it makes sense to continue the story, imagining the wider worldwide applications of this technology.
The Dangers Of Dinos
That seems to be exactly what Trevorrow wants to do, and his hints so far paint a picture of corporations scrabbling to be the first to use dinosaurs for their own gain.
In fact, this deleted line from Jurassic World sets the situation for the sequel up beautifully. So well, in fact, that it's difficult to understand why the line was cut...
Wu: "How long do you think you can control it? We won’t always be the only ones who can make a dinosaur."
And weaponisation definitely seems to be first on many companies' dino wishlists. Trevorrow also hinted that Jurassic World 2 will go beyond the structure of dino vs human survival in a big way, using the themes from the first World movie to really consider what the next step would be in this story. And it just might be that dinosaurs and humans in harmony is the final goal of this new trilogy!
"It will get to be a different kind of film. 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 about animals in general and the dynamic created by bringing them back to life."
It would definitely be nice to see Jurassic World 2 continue this theme, and for Jurassic World 3 (it's inevitable) to resolve the story in a way that gives hope for a shared future between dinosaurs and humans. Ok, maybe I just want to see more of Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle with raptors through a moonlit forest... is that so much to ask?