Our latest original video tackles what went wrong in the original pitch meeting for Jurassic World. The highly anticipated follow-up to the original Jurassic Park trilogy proved to be a massive hit when it landed in theaters in 2015, smashing box office records left and right. On it’s way to an insane total haul of $1.6 billion, it actually became the first film ever to hit $500 million in its opening weekend. It currently stands as the fourth highest grossing movie of all time, as well as Universal Studios' biggest hit ever.
With numbers like that, a follow-up was inevitable. The trailer for that sequel, Fallen Kingdom, just debuted this week, teasing an even wilder adventure than the first go-round. Sure, it's probably not going to win any Oscars, and the teaser does display some telltale signs of sequelitis, but that probably won't matter much when all is said and done. Moviegoers won't likely be deterred by the idea of shutting off their brains for two hours and enjoying the spectacle. Rest assured, there will be plenty of butts in theater seats come June 2018. And we know that because Jurassic World wasn't hurt one bit by the fact that it's a pretty dumb movie.
The return to Jurassic Park didn't aspire to be anything more than it is: big, dumb fun. We can't imagine that the initial pitch meeting for the film went all that differently than the video above, honestly.
Really, we didn't have to do much digging to find enough material for the latest entry in our ‘what went wrong in the pitch meeting’ video series. But hey, who needs characterization when there’s computer-generated explosions going off left and right? What’s the point of sensible plot developments if they get in the way of dinosaurs eating random people and running alongside motorcycles?
Is Jurassic World a ton of fun? Of course it is. But do any of the characters have any real depth to them? Not really. Is the amount of product placement reasonable and a non-distraction? Nope. Are the characters played by Vincent D'Onofrio and Bryce Dallas Howard capable of remotely rational decision making? Not even close. But hey, the leads are really good looking, the CGI was top-notch, and everyone had a good time. Given all that can go wrong with modern blockbusters, we’ll take it.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018