I love the Jurassic Park movie franchise. The first one is one of my all-time favorite movies, and it's the movie that really piqued my interest in film and brought my love for dinosaurs to life on the big screen. After that, I only really care for certain parts in The Lost World and Jurassic Park 3, but I can honestly say that I love Jurassic World. It might not be with the same fervor or passion that I love Jurassic Park with, but Jurassic World is something special to me.
Just because I love it, doesn't mean it can't be improved. It certainly could be very different with the change in directors (Colin Trevorrow leaves; J.A. Bayona appointed) and the ideas they're tossing around for Jurassic World 2. During an interview with Wired U.K., Trevorrow talked about one potential plotline and what the movie definitely won't be about.
What the movie won't be about:
"[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island," Trevorrow said. "That’ll get old real fast."
Well, at least he's straightforward. I like that.
What the movie could be about:
"I feel like the idea that this isn’t always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment....What if this went open source?....What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?"
It's definitely an interesting idea and could be another fun adventure in the Jurassic Park universe (but according to Trevorrow, they're not making an official "universe" for the movies). In Jurassic World, Dr. Wu, played by B.D. Wong, says,"We’re not always going to be the only ones who can make a dinosaur." so that's definitely a plausible option for them to build on.
But what do I want to see in Jurassic World 2?
I want to see the characters of Alan Grant, Ian Malcolm, and Ellie Sattler come back to help the new characters in whatever shenanigans they've found themselves in. Think about it; Dr. Grant and Owen both have a shared interest in raptors and could meet because of that. Dr. Sattler has been exposed to the terrors of Jurassic Park in 2 of the 3 previous movies (not counting Jurassic World), so she has experience in that department as well. The same goes for Ian Malcolm, but he had also been dating a paleontologist, Dr. Sarah Harding, in The Lost World.
I would have also liked to see Vincent D'Onofrio's character come back, try to weaponize dinosaurs again, and more trouble for Owen, but judging by his bloody raptor attack, the chances of that happening aren't too promising.
Disclaimer: Just so it doesn't seem like I'm a massive fanboy and doesn't see anything wrong with the movie, I will say this: I hated that the team didn't use the animatronics the way that Spielberg did in 1993. It really takes away from the "genuine" feel of the movie. Movies like The Lost World and Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace really suffered from their dependencies on CGI. But that's neither here nor there. I just loved that Jurassic Park was the perfect blend of CGI and "real" dinosaurs.
With no official name yet, the announcement that Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard staying for another movie, and the fact that I have to wait just about 2 years, I can only be so excited for this movie, but if I'm judging by Jurassic World's standards, it'll be worth the wait.
Jurassic World 2 comes out June 22, 2018. To read the full interview between Colin Trevorrow and Wired U.K., click this link.