The original Jurassic Park Explorer vehicles have been spotted heading to the set of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The highly-anticipated follow-up to Colin Trevorrow's record-breaking installment, Jurassic World, began shooting principal photography in Hawaii -- at the Kualoa Ranch on the island of Oahu, specifically -- earlier this month, after spending the last several months filming at numerous locations in England.
The upcoming sequel is being helmed by A Monster Calls director Juan Antonio Bayona, who boarded the project in January 2016 after dropping out of directing World War Z 2. Although Trevorrow opted not to film the Jurassic World sequel, he still remained heavily involved with the project, creating the story and penning the script alongside his writing partner, Derek Connolly. And he recently explained that he took inspiration from Michael Crichton's original Jurassic Park novel, particularly in regard to writing the dialogue for Jeff Goldblum's character, Ian Malcolm, who's reprising his role from the original film in the upcoming sequel alongside B.D. Wong's Dr. Henry Wu. It turns out, the creative team may be looking back to the original film as well.
An anonymous source provided fan page Jurassic Park Motor Pool with an image showing one of the original Jurassic Park Explorer vehicles heading to the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom set in Hawaii earlier this week. Audiences may recall that these are the same vehicles that characters used to tour the original park when everything took a turn for the worse. Although the news hasn't been confirmed (and likely won't until the film releases), it's worth noting that the Explorer in the image appears to be the same one -- or, at least, have been designed after the one -- that the Tyrannosaurus Rex crushed in the original film, with Tim and Lex inside (note the number "04").
Audiences may also recall that similar vehicles made an appearance in the last installment, in which Gray and Zach Mitchell -- played by Ty Simpkins and Nick Robinson, respectively -- stumbled upon the original Jurassic Park visitor center while evading the Indominus Rex; they had quickly fixed up one of the Jeeps and used the vehicle to return to the park. It's unclear how this new Explorer fits into the story, though it's more likely to be used as an easter egg rather than a flashback, but anything's possible.
It's understandable that productions for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom would remain as secretive as possible, so audiences may not find out the true purpose of the Explorer vehicle until the film hits theaters next summer. The only detail that has been made explicitly clear is that the upcoming sequel is going to return to Isla Nublar in some fashion. Perhaps the studio will reveal some of those details at San Diego Comic-Con next month, though attendees shouldn't expect to see a trailer this soon.
Source: Jurassic Park Motor Pool
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018