One of the more interesting things several franchises have attempted in recent years has been to do sequels that essentially ignore the other sequels that came before. One example is Robert Rodriguez’s “Predators” which pretty much ignored the events of everything after the original John McTiernan-directed movie, but didn’t discredit those events either.
Speaking with Yahoo recently, filmmaker Colin Trevorrow discussed the upcoming “Jurassic World” and revealed that the film is a direct follow-up to the original “Jurassic Park”. With the events of both “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” and “Jurassic Park III” taking place on a different island (Isla Sorna, not Isla Nublar), Trevorrow suggests he’s able to ignore the other sequels.
That said, Trevorrow’s main aim was to return to not just the setting of the first movie but also the tone of wonderment leading into chaos:
“I felt like I had a responsibility to do it. Mostly for Steven [Spielberg], in thanks for all he’s done for all of us and how much his movies meant to me in my childhood. But also, if one is asked to do this, it’s almost insulting to everyone else to say no. We’d all love this privilege – to be able to re-create a film that meant so much to us.”
In the same interview, producer Frank Marshall adds:
“It was Colin’s pitch that we needed to go back to what we did in the first movie and enter the [Jurassic Park] park in wonderment and joy and happiness… and then it can go wrong.”
“Jurassic World” is currently targeting a June 12th theatrical release.