After grossing over $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office thus catapulting it into the third highest grossing movie of all time – just behind Titanic and Avatar – Universal quickly announced a sequel to Jurassic World.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are already signed on to return and the film’s director Colin Trevorrow has dropped some hints as to where the sequel could go. Let us have a look at the potential routes and narrative choices Universal can take to produce yet another box office hit.
Rehash and Redo
Despite its huge profit levels Jurassic World was not met with universal critical acclaim. Instead it was pushed forward by a large torrent of nostalgia. Jurassic World essentially took the idea of Jurassic Park and injected it with the genes of cuttlefish, raptors and t-rexes. For some this resulted in a highly entertaining rehash of the original but for others it was of little substance. Universal can choose to be extremely lazy and just do it again. They could open yet another park at the hand of yet another silly billionaire and call it Jurassic Land and have an even bigger dinosaur run riot. Fortunately I don’t think that will be the case.
A literal Jurassic World
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow recently stated: “This isn’t something necessarily that was in the book but is a seed that I wanted to plant in this movie, is that might be able to grow in more of these movies if they decide to make more of them, is: What if this went open source? It’s almost like InGen is Mac, but what if PC gets their hands on it? What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?” Essentially, Universal could choose to follow TOHO – the Japanese company behind Godzilla and Mothra – and build a universe where competing dinosaur manufacturers pit their creations against each other in a battle to the death. It would certainly allow for some great visual effects moments and tone down on the terrible character creation of Jurassic World. Jurassic Rumble or Jurassic Universe could be used as the title.
Jurassic World/Guardians of the Galaxy crossover.
Not literally of course but taking the dinosaurs to space, as wacky as it sounds, will give us something we’ve never seen before; dinosaurs in space. In concept it sounds like a Sci-Fi channel mash up spurned by the cesspit of Twitter and may prove to be a large leap if the narrative and imagination but in the right hands it could a fun zany twist on the Jurassic franchise. But let's face it, this is stupid and that fact that you're even reading this far means that you've indulge my stupid imagination, which means you're stupid.
Rise of the Planet of the Dinosaurs
This is my personal and hopeful choice for the newly invigorated Jurassic franchise. It would essentially follow on from Owen’s need to stick together for survival. Perhaps dinosaurs do go open source. Perhaps they get out of control and perhaps they begin to wipe out the human race, which leads to the Jurassic Apocalypse – cue title sequence. This would help imbue the franchise with the apocalypse genre, which is very popular right now. It writes itself - we would follow Owen and Claire as they try to survive in an overrun world. The only sticking point would be the leap from a park to an apocalyptic world. This could serve as an end point to a potential trilogy with the sequel being an exploration of dinosaurs becoming open source and then bookending with the Jurassic Apocalypse.
Wherever Universal takes the franchise, the studio clearly has a treasure trove at their fingertips. The draw of unlikely lead man Chris Pratt, the underrated Bryce Dallas Howard and the nostalgia will stand the Jurassic world in good stead for years to come, no matter what direction they take the narrative.