Though “Jurassic World” was the fourth film in the “Jurassic Park” series, it also served as something of a refresh – changing up the franchise a bit. In any case it was a fairly standalone film, one that teased a sequel but otherwise was episodic in the way all the films in the franchise have been so far.
It now appears with the follow-up, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” those behind the franchise are retconning “Jurassic World” slightly to serve as the first in a trilogy with ‘Kingdom’ set to be the dark middle chapter.
Colin Trevorrow, who helmed “Jurassic World” but handed over the reins to J.A. Bayona for the sequel, returns to produce and co-write the new film with Derek Connolly. Speaking with Sebas Tabany’s YouTube Channel, he confirmed plans for this to be a trilogy of films:
“I knew where I wanted it to go. I remember telling Steven [Spielberg] even while we were making the first movie,’“This is the beginning. Here is the middle. And here’s the end of the end. This is where we want to go.
I feel like that kind of design is crucial to a franchise like this if you really want to bring people along with you and make sure they stay interested. It needs to be thought through on that level. It can’t be arbitrary, especially if we want to turn this into a character-based franchise with people who you lean in to follow what they’re going to do.
At the end of this movie, it’s not a cliffhanger, but it’s designed for people to want to know what’s going to happen next, whereas the earlier Jurassic Park movies had pretty clear definitive endings. They were much more episodic. In working with Derek Connolly, my co-writer, we were also thinking about where it was gonna go in the future.”
He also addressed concerns that the film is seemingly too closely resembling Steven Spielberg’s “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” in its narrative judging by what we glimpsed on the first trailer recent:
“It looks like it is because they all go to a fog-covered, scary island with dinosaurs on it, but it goes to a very, very different place than anyone expects. Really the heart and soul of the movie, the turn of the story, is not what we’ve shown in this trailer. It’s very much not like The Lost World.
The first film is about how if there’s money on the table, there will be somebody who will do the worst imaginable things, or in a lot of case, the dumbest imaginable thing in order to get that money. This film focuses a little bit more on our responsibility for these animals that we’ve made as a result of that greed, but also just the darkest and worst instincts of humans, again, if there’s money involved.”
The film is set four years after Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
“Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” opens in June.