Jurassic World made so much money this summer, every employee at Universal Studio’s was able to take a three week vacation to the moon flown there by a rocket-ship powered by 14 carrot diamonds. Not really but you get the point.
A sequel to the third highest grossing movie of all time is a forgone conclusion of course, and since a date has been set for June 22nd, 2018, there is still plenty of time to develop a new plot and layout of the movie going forward.
And though Colin Trevorrow will not be directing the next movie, opting instead to focus on Star Wars Episode IX, he will be scripting Jurassic World 2 with his writing partner Derek Connolly.
Much hasn’t been said in regards to the direction Trevorrow and Connolly will take in the sequel script; all we know is the director wanted to set the stage for the sequel in case he didn’t come back to the directors chair, essentially assuring the team at Universal – that of Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg – would have a blueprint to follow moving forward. Well today, we got a bit more to go on thanks to the folks over at the Jurassic Cast Podcast, where Colin Trevorrow stopped in to discuss the Jurassic sequel.
What immediately stands out to me is that Trevorrow (and Connelly’s) idea(s) don’t look to be contained just to ‘one island’ as all the previous sequels did in the Park franchise. In fact, their idea seems to suggest that the dinosaurs make it off the island, giving the term World a bigger/more on the nose meaning. In breaking this down, Trevorrow revealed it was an actual quote from Jurassic Park that has shaped the story moving forward.
“Honestly, the trilogy is articulated in Jurassic Park, it’s all in there… 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.”
I love me some Ian Malcolm, who gets to the heart of the matter from the original movie. And I can’t help being giddy as a little boy thinking about how Trevorrow and Connolly are using this as the basis for a bigger follow through in the sequel – dinosaurs essentially back in existence all over the world. And saying that this is a new trilogy opens up a lot of story for me; the first installment already happened on the island, could the second delve deeper into the consequences of dinosaurs alive all over the world?
Thinking about that nugget of an idea that was in Jurassic World, that of weaponized dinosaurs, I feel like, instead of fleshing that out, we might be looking at a deeper, more meaningful look at the world after dinosaurs are introduced. Surely the whole ecosystem will be affected; the food chain is no longer with man sitting on top – dinosaurs back in our world could actually bring about our end in the world if you think about it.
Sure, I’m looking very hard for some deeper meaning but that’s the Jurassic World loving guy I am. I adored the new movie and felt it the best time in the theatre this past summer. Now that the world is set and the second movie greenlit, I can’t help but wonder all about the plot.
We the audience have shown we are ready and willing to accept this mythology again. And Trevorrow knows it.
“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.”
I touched on this idea, that of our world being turned upside down. At first I was worried that the sequel would go for the obvious, velociraptors working for the government. But hearing what Trevorrow has to say on the matter makes me a lot more confidant. It seems like he is really thinking of it in a different light. Classifying this as not necessarily “bigger” as in “bigger dinosaurs” but bigger in scale; that to me seems to suggest a “bigger” idea for the story.
And when I think of returning characters: Chris Pratt’s Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire have already been announced to be a part of the sequel. Trevorrow’s next comments tease their place in the larger picture:
“Jurassic World was very much made with the fans in mind, and I’m not going to forget it, but now we’ve seen a lot of ‘dinosaurs chasing people around on an island’ movies. I think you guys and also the general audience is going to be down to explore where else we can go. 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 shit 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.”
As I said, it’s this “larger scale” that is most interesting thing to me. Using Claire as the mirror to the story (and even Owen to a lesser degree) tells me this is not just another movie with more dinosaurs and bigger dinosaurs and bigger, more gruesome deaths. Trevorrow and Connolly definitely have more to say using the characters of Owen and Claire as representatives of the audience.
Of course, I could be reading into it a little too much, as we are talking about a movie about cloned dinosaurs eating people. But if it’s cloned dinosaurs eating people with a bigger idea attached to it, then everyone wins.
Jurassic World 2 opens in theaters on June 22, 2018.
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