After the record smashing success of Jurassic World, a sequel was a dead cert. Jurassic World 2 is officially in the works, and set for a June 2018 release date. We might have a long time to wait until the movie finally comes out, but we actually know quite a bit about the movie already. And it seems as though a big change is coming to the franchise.
New Director Confirmed
After Colin Trevorrow left Jurassic World 2 for greener, less dinosaur-infested pastures, fans were concerned about who would step up to the plate and take the helm of the eagerly anticipated sequel.
Now it's been announced that J.A. Bayonara, known for tsunami blockbuster The Impossible, will direct Jurassic World 2. But if you still want to experience Trevorrow's distinctive style, fear not! He's not too busy with Star Wars Episode 9 to co-write the Jurassic World 2 script with Derek Connolly.
Another Jurassic Project Announced... Kinda
In a cryptic update, the official Jurassic Work Twitter account published an intriguing and confusing new poster, which fans initially assumed denoted a change to the Jurassic World 2 title.
The Twitter page later cleared up the issue, assuring fans that this wasn't actually to do with Jurassic World 2.
Sorry for the confusion! The previous tease isn't for #JurassicWorld 2 but something that we're excited to reveal soon. Sorry again!
There's still no word on what this mysterious project could be, but until we find out we do have a few details for Jurassic World 2 itself.
No More 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, whether that's family or those awesome 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."
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.
So what other applications for dinosaur science is Colin Trevorrow talking about? Well, it looks like Jurassic World 2 will pick up on those hints about military involvement. That's right, we could be seeing...
As Henry Wu hinted in Jurassic World, it looks like other companies are going to start making their own dinosaurs. But why? According to Trevorrow, weaponization is the next step, and the military might get involved:
"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?"
In the long run though, it looks like this Jurassic trilogy is working towards a final goal of dinosaurs and humans living in harmony, possibly with dinos roaming around not in enclosures. Trevorrow discussed this aim with Entertainment Weekly:
"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."
This adds an element of redemption to the Jurassic World 2 story, and begs the question: can dinosaurs and humans ever really live together?
And finally, it looks like the film might be getting a new protagonist.
Claire Could Lead The Story
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.
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 trying to prevent the next inevitable tragedy, as more corporations start messing with her company's technology.
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. After all, what better way to follow through with this theme than to have Claire herald the eventual harmony between humans and dinosaurs? Dr. Ellie Sattler said it best:
And with Bryce Dallas Howard revealing that Claire will be free of those pesky heels in Jurassic World 2, there's nothing she can't accomplish!
'Jurassic World 2' will be released on June 22, 2018. Be sure to check back here for more updates!