‘Jurassic World’ Director Teases Sequel’s Expansion Into New Territory

By August 3, 2015

No one could have predicted the kind of success that Jurassic World has experienced this year. After becoming the third highest-grossing film of all time, including surpassing Marvel’s The Avengers, the film has acted as not only a special kind of blockbuster this year, but has also provided the franchise with the kind of kick start it desperately needed.

Unsurprisingly (considering the film’s success), Universal recently announced plans for a sequel to the film with World director Colin Trevorrow already working on the screenplay with his co-writer, Derek Connolly. Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt are already signed on to appear in the film, and despite some concern from fans, it looks like the next installment in the Jurassic franchise has about as much momentum as it could possibly need at this point.

Trevorrow had expressed his concerns about making a sequel to the film several times in the past though, so it’s interesting to see that he has already signed on and begun work on the new project. It’s still unsure whether or not he’ll return to direct the new film as well, or the specific details of his contract with Universal. However, while speaking recently with WIRED, Trevorrow teased what the sequel might do for the franchise, and their plans on bringing something new and fresh to the film’s world:

Whether or not I am involved in later installments, I felt it was important for me to set the table. I know they’re going to want to make them, I know that Steven definitely wants to make several of these movies, and I want to do my job in setting the table for something that can be rich and thoughtful and interesting. [It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That’ll get old real fast.

On where the story might go moving forward:

I feel like the idea that this isn’t always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponize it and later on we found it could be used for energy. And this isn’t something necessarily that was in the book but is a seed that I wanted to plant in this movie, is that might be able to grow in more of these movies if they decide to make more of them, is: What if this went open source? It’s almost like InGen is Mac, but what if PC gets their hands on it? What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?

How it might connect to Jurassic World:

Dr. Wu says in the film, when he’s warning Dr Mesrani, ‘We’re not always going to be the only ones who can make a dinosaur.’ I think that’s an interesting idea that even if we don’t explore fully in this film, there is room for this universe to expand. I shouldn’t use the word universe, because people will think we’re making a Jurassic World universe, [which] we’re not.

It’s still extremely early to even be talking about a film that’s not set to come out for nearly three years, but considering the kinds of hints that Trevorrow dropped in the interview – it’s enough to make some guesses or theories on where the franchise might be going in future films. It became pretty clear by the time Jurassic World had been concluded that the dinosaurs would not be staying on the island for much longer, but the concept of having other companies creating dinosaurs as well could prove to create some interesting dynamics and conflict in the films.

Haven’t they learned by now that they shouldn’t screw with mother nature?

The Jurassic World sequel is set to hit theaters on June 22nd, 2018.

Make sure to keep checking back for more Jurassic updates — right here on GeekNation!

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable
  • Mark Tarnovetsky

    Jurassic World was atrociously bad.