Yep, Jurassic World 2 is a thing. In case you haven't yet had your fill of dinosaurs being dinosaurs and messing stuff up for those pesky humans the sequel to the box office opening weekend record smashing Jurassic World has been confirmed for a while now and currently has the tentative release date of June 22th 2018.
A while away then?
Yep, we're not going to see the next iteration in the Jurassic Park franchise for another two and half years, and production isn't even due to start until 2017, at least according to Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard:
"I'm for sure in the sequel, which is awesome... It's really cool and [Jurassic World 2 is] happening relatively soon; I mean we're going to be shooting it in 2017, it's going to come out June 22nd 2018."
What To Expect When The Dinos Return In 2018
Well the most telling teaser of what we'll be seeing in Jurassic World 2 comes from a deleted scene from Jurassic World, a line spoken by the only character still hanging around from the original film, Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong), to InGen CEO Simon Masrani (Irrfan Khan):
"We're not always going to be the only ones who can make a dinosaur."
Now, despite the fact that this line didn't make it into the final cut it does look like it is the base idea that's going to form the narrative backbone of the sequel. And despite the fact that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has said that he doesn't plan to return to direct Jurassic World 2 he does 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.
So Jurassic World sets itself up nicely for a sequel due 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.
Given that nobody's gonna want to go back to that specific theme park (InGen really does have an awful track record at this point) Trevorrow has teased that the sequel will be take place in more of an open world setting instead of being confined to an island as has been the trend in over the franchise:
"[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That’ll get old real fast."
Well, What Else Is There?
Rather the Jurassic World director is playing with the concept of what might happen when the concept of open source is applied to the production of dinosaurs, allowing other companies to breed them just like Dr. Wu hinted at in the deleted line. Open source means that any company with the tech can breed dinosaurs, which would allow competitors to breed the creatures for non-entertainment purposes.
"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."
This also draws from Michael Crichton’s original novel, Jurassic World, in which a conversation takes place between Dr. Wu and Jurassic Park CEO John Hammond (who you'll remember from the original trilogy portrayed by the now deceased Richard Attenborough) concerning the idea that dinosaurs can be used for more than just a theme park; medicine, agriculture and even war (listen to Chris Pratt guys, that's a no-no for raptors).
It's Not Gonna Be The End For Jurassic World...
Finally, we also know that this isn't going to be the last time we see dinosaurs eating the heck out of folk as Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley confirmed in an interview earlier this year:
"Colin Trevorrow is busy working on an outline [for Jurassic World 2]. He's been working with Steven [Spielberg]. And they have an idea for the next two movies actually. It was designed as a trilogy, unbeknown to us. It's a happy surprise."
Messing with dinosaurs for two more films then, don't these people ever learn?
Chris Pratt will be returning for the sequel as Owen Grady alongside Bryce Dallas Howard as Claire Dearing. Steven Spielberg will be executive producing again alongside Trevorrow. Jurassic World 2 is scheduled to be released June 22, 2018.