by: S. Scott Stanikmas
In a move that surprises no one, Universal has announced that a sequel to Jurassic World is already on the books. The film is penciled in for a 2018 release, probably right in the heart of Summer Blockbuster Season.
Director Colin Treverrow has already said that he won’t be back to helm the next film, but he will have his hand in the cookie jar. He’ll tackle scripting duties with his writing partner Derek Connolly.
Chris Pratt has signed on for any sequels that may come his way, as has Bryce Dallas Howard. Between this and Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt has his geek card stamped for the foreseeable future.
Not much is known as far as story, but Treverrow has already talked about what a sequel might entail. In the following excerpt from his interview with /film, the writer / director gave us something to think about:
It’s somewhat a plot based setup for the future. And that matters to a certain extent. But if we hadn’t done that, you could easily manufacture that. You know, in a second film. So I find it actually the least functional setup for the future of everything that we do. There are themes and ideas in here that we’re setting up, such as the coexistence of these animals on the planet with humans. In the same way that we exist with animals now. And imagine a world where just like, you know, don’t go into that jungle, there’s tigers in there. They’re gonna eat you. Just replace that with raptors. And I think we set up ideas in here. One of them, the one we address the most is the weaponization of dinosaurs and the fact that animals have been used in war for centuries. And there are people with completely bonkers ideas that are always gonna step in and wonder how else we can utilize a new technology. And also in this there was a line in the movie that I cut. And sometimes I wonder if I should have, but I needed the scene to move in a certain way. But there was a line where Doctor Wu says to Irrfan Khan or B.D. Wong says to Irrfan Khan, you know, how long do you think you’re gonna be able to control her? We won’t always be the only ones who can make a dinosaur. And that idea to me has a lot of potential in it that like nuclear power there could be a something that goes open source and there could be many entities who might have this ability to create these things and use them for various needs and purposes. So there’s potential in there. For something.
I don’t know how I feel about that. Jurassic World 2: Jurassic War? That seems a little too hokey to me. I do like that Dr. Wu escaped the island with the knowledge of how to create dinosaurs. Maybe work on that, with another rich guy looking to create “pets” from velociraptors and the like.
Whatever the case may be, the next director has some big shoes (and big expectations to fill). As of July 23, 2015, Jurassic World is the third highest grossing film of all time and is this year’s number one at the box office with a worldwide gross of almost $1.52B. That’s right…not Million. Billion. And it still hasn’t opened in all markets (Japan still has to premiere the film on August 5).
Hopefully the sequel can live up to the lofty expectations that are being set for it.