Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World – a revival/soft reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise – has become a runaway success at the box office, with the dinosaur adventure having grossed more than $1.6 billion around the globe in theaters. The film’s co-writer/director Colin Trevorrow revealed that the movie was designed to serve as the first chapter in a multi-installment story arc over a year before Jurassic World opened in theaters; it didn’t come as a surprise when Trevorrow was reported to be returning as as co-screenwriter (along with his go-to writing partner, Derek Connolly) on the film’s sequel, for that reason.
Trevorrow won’t be calling the shots on the Jurassic World sequel, as he has already been recruited by Lucasfilm to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, instead. Nonetheless, the filmmaker will continue to play a role in the direction of the Jurassic Park/World franchise, as he discussed in a recent interview – where the larger plans for a Jurassic World trilogy were also teased.
Trevorrow, speaking on the Jurassic Cast Podcast, talked about both Jurassic World and the planned sequel(s) alike, first by touching on what famous Jurassic Park quote inspired his approach on World (and what other quote will be the basis for the followup):
“Jurassic World is all based on Ian Malcolm’s quote, ‘You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you wanna sell it.’ That to me is Jurassic World, that’s why I had all the product placement, that’s what it was.
“The second one, Jurassic World 2, and as we were driving we tried to find, what is the foundation? ‘Dinosaurs and man, separated by 65 million years of evolution have been thrown back into the mix together. How can we know what to expect?’ That’s why it’s exciting that the movie did well, that leaves us a lot of room to run, and it was part of this design, it had a beginning, middle, and end when we wrote the first movie. Now that the movie did well, we get to play that out.”
Trevorrow has acknowledged on multiple occasions that Jurassic World‘s Indominus Rex – the hybrid dinosaur that breaks loose and wreaks havoc in the film – was crafted as a metaphor for the danger of commercialization gone mad; the issue of product placement was even specifically discussed by human characters in the movie, with regard to the effect it has on how the Jurassic World establishment is run. The events of Jurassic World have now seemingly left any corporate hopes for an operational dinosaur park deader than ever they were before; Trevorrow says the sequel shall build on that idea, now that it has the freedom to deviate from the typical Jurassic Park movie formula (and not by “going bigger”, as he had already mentioned to us in the past):
“It will get to be a different kind of film. The audience has given us permission to a certain extent to take this to the next level, and I don’t necessarily mean in scale, 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.”
Among the reasons that Trevorrow has stated before regarding why he won’t be directing the Jurassic World sequel is that by allowing a different helmsman to step up to bat, the followup has the potential to be all the more thematically and aesthetically unique next to Trevorrow’s film. A possible candidate has yet to be reported (or even rumored) for the job yet, but they will for certain follow the road map that Trevorrow, Connolly, and the Jurassic Park/World franchise’s executive producer Steven Spielberg have already partially laid out for them.
One way the Jurassic World sequel will supposedly examine that human/dinosaur dynamic is by having the dinos go “open source,” as Trevorrow put it, now that they’re no longer the sole property of InGen and Masrani Global, thanks in part to the actions of geneticist Henry Wu (BD Wong). Naturally, both Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) are partly to blame for that, too – if only by their association with the Jurassic World park – and Trevorrow has confirmed that this plot thread is going to be picked back up, when the characters return for the sequel:
“We know Owen is going to be in it and Claire will be in it and neither will be in the same place that we left them in this movie. Even though Claire is the one who evolves the most over the trilogy, it’s her story that mirrors this changing world, Owen has s**t 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. It’s not ‘Let’s manufacture a way to get them somewhere,’ they’re embedded into it now in a way that as story tellers makes it much easier for us to keep them involved and doesn’t feel as contrived.”
Among the implications in Trevorrow’s comments is that Claire’s nephews – Zach (Nick Robinson) and Gray (Ty Simpkins) – might not be key players in the Jurassic World sequel, similar to how Jurassic Park‘s Tim and Lex didn’t appear in The Lost World: Jurassic Park beyond a cameo. That might be best, though, as the Jurassic World subplots involving Zach and Gray are generally not among the better-received elements of Jurassic World (far from it, in fact). It might be wiser to focus more on Claire and Owen’s continued development as characters as they deal with repercussions of the events in the first movie – which is exactly what Trevorrow seems to have in mind here, as it were.
Jurassic World will be made available on Blu-ray starting October 20th, 2015. The currently-untitled Jurassic World sequel opens in U.S. theaters on June 22nd, 2018.
Source: Jurassic Cast Podcast
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