When Jurassic World was announced as the next installment from the Jurassic Park series to be green-lit, undoubtedly there were skeptics out there who had settled with the idea that anymore movies would only contribute to the franchise fatigue.
They might have also felt that Jurassic World was just another confirmation that the studios were out of ideas to come up with something more original.
But $1.62 billion dollars later, it was clear that movie-goers had spoken with their hard-earned cash that they wanted to see to see dinosaurs in another summer blockbuster and so, recent news that Jurassic World 2 will be part of a trilogy should be pretty exciting momentum to get caught up in.
It’s been reported that the director of the first Jurassic World is handing off those duties to the director of The Orphanage, Juan Antonio Bayona, who is scheduled to start filming the sequel in February, 2017.
Latino Review interviewed the director about the details in confirming the trilogy.
“It’s very interesting. The whole Jurassic World is a trilogy that Colin Trevorrow has envisioned. We’re writing the second chapter, and it’s very interesting where he’s leading the story.”
When Jurassic World first came out, so did the critics who felt that its director, Colin Trevorrow, was lacking in his ability to capture what made the original Jurassic Park so great.
But again, the movie was enough of a box office success that it’s hard for critics to gain much footing over the numbers. Since Trevorrow is leading the way with this confirmed trilogy story — even though we’ve been duped by trilogies before — a change up in the director’s chair should convince fans that Jurassic World 2 won’t be a let down.
Trevorrow has already become part of the legends of filmmaking with Spielberg in this case, and with George Lucas with Star Wars IX, which he’ll be directing for a scheduled 2019 release. And both he and Bayona appear to be committed to preserving the legacy of the originators, which Bayona continued to elaborate on in his interview.
“I grew up watching Steven Spielberg movies and I love those movies and the legacy, so it’s a question of being truthful to the legacy and at the same time, bringing new stuff that people will appreciate.”
— Comic Book Resources (@CBR) October 20, 2015
There are obviously key moments in Jurassic World that the sequel will focus on, such as the continuation of what happens with Dr. Wu.
His character was carried over from the original Jurassic Park into the 2015 hit, putting him up against a reckless CEO. As for what is going on with the dinosaurs, the story would suggest that Dr. Henry Wu could become the next park CEO and would be more hands-on since he holds the genetic power of the park’s “attractions.” And as we’ve seen with the series, that power corrupts.
In the past movies, we can see the unraveling of the idea of the original park, followed by the temptation and the scavenging of the park and the island of dinosaurs, in a consistent battle between the InGen Corporation, which went into the second Jurassic Park film, The Lost World, followed by a motley crew of bottom-of-the-barrel hunters who were in the pocket of the company in order to return to the island again in Jurassic Park III.
the only thing more stressful than the kitchen scene:
-the pteranodon scene in Jurassic Park III pic.twitter.com/0imYYs3PmM
— PAM HALPERT. (@apictureofspace) September 5, 2016
Jurassic World was the first attempt at a fully functional park, where we could see what the creator, John Hammond, wanted to do, assuming the genetically-modified dinosaur of the 2015 film wasn’t there.
But in the mentioned interview, Bayona also expressed how excited he was to get started with the project, or at least in the process of writing for the film.
Taking Jurassic World on as a trilogy project seems to be the right answer in this case. Unlike the approach with the first three movies, where it seemed a lot less ambitious and with a every-director-for-themselves direction; it’s exciting to look forward to more Jurassic World under these conditions.
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