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. Thanks to Star Wars Episode 9, Colin Trevorrow is no longer directing the Jurassic World sequel, but he is still co-writing the script. And he's got some big changes planned for the franchise...
No Theme Park For Jurassic World 2?
The Jurassic Park franchise is famous for the 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. In this situation, you really discover what you value most, from family to tequilas...
It's difficult to imagine how, or why, Jurassic World 2 wouldn't use this theme park setting, but when talking to Wired, Colin Trevorrow explained why he's ready to do away with this formula.
"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", but unfortunately, women have yet to inherit the Earth.
Having said that, there's another big change coming to Jurassic World 2, as it seems the franchise is about to get a new protagonist...
Claire Could Lead The Story
There was a lot of controversy surrounding Jurassic World and its representation of gender dynamics, dating right back to the first clip that was released from the film. Although the film won the hearts of diehard fans and new audiences alike, its release only heralded a resurgence in the gender debate. Of course it wasn't all fierce arguments on the internet - this is perhaps the highlight of the discussion...
Although the "running in heels" argument was definitely at the epicentre of the controversy, there was actually a lot more to discuss when it came to Claire's characterisation. Most people pointed out that she was demonised for having a career, and not having time to take care of her visiting nephews what with having a gigantic theme park to run and all. Of course, when those dinosaurs started eating people (who would have expected it?!), Claire finally found the time to embrace a more nurturing role as she protected the children in their fight for survival.
But perhaps this is the wrong analytical standpoint to take: Colin Trevorrow intended Claire to represent a lot of the main themes of the plot, and as the story progresses she will apparently start to take up a more leading role.
"Claire is the one who evolves the most over the trilogy, it’s her story that mirrors this changing world. Owen has shit to deal with. The two of them opened Pandora’s Box in Jurassic World and each of them are responsible for different elements of it in different ways, and I think the way that these characters are connected to the circumstances of what’s happening it’s different than the previous films."
Considering much of the next film will be concerned with the consequences of the events in Jurassic World, it's likely we'll see Claire try to prevent the next inevitable tragedy, as more corporations start messing with her company's technology. Bryce Dallas Howard recently commented on this to E! Online, revealing that Jurassic World 2 will deal with Claire's development.
"Claire is a different person now. The person she is at the end of the [first] movie is not the person she was in the beginning. Her armor of sorts was that white, pristine outfit with heels in a very corporate environment and stuff, and the chick at the end – totally different. So yeah… it better not be heels."
Claire actually does a lot more than just run around in heels in the first Jurassic World film. When everything starts to go nuts she's the one to order the evacuation, and she has the brilliant (albeit terrifying) idea to release the original T Rex to hunt the mutant Indominus Rex. That's some pretty badass stuff right there.
If Trevorrow's claim that Claire "mirrors the changing world" is anything to go by, Claire will have to lead the charge in preventing the next disaster in Jurassic World 2. Who knows, we might see women inherit the Earth yet!