Riding a mix of nostalgia and Chris Pratt’s unstoppable machismo, Jurassic World became one of the biggest movies in history. So what’s in store for the proposed 2018 sequel?
Director Colin Trevorrow, who will not return to direct, but does plan to provide some creative input, chatted with Wired about some of the big ideas they’re floating for the followup. Thankfully, it sounds like they’ll be branching out creatively from the “Dinosaurs Chase People On Island” setup we know so well. That works for a nostalgia-baiting revival, but for Part 2, you need something fresh.
According to Trevorrow, he’d like to take the dino science aspects and follow that thread in a few different directions. It could definitely fit the creative arc established in the first film, feeding off the raptor-training subplot and looking at what happens when different companies and countries start breeding their own dinosaurs.
Here’s an excerpt from what he had to say:
"[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That’ll get old real fast. 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.
[W]hen 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...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?"
That sounds like an interesting direction to take the franchise, and if nothing else, it sounds like the creative team is interested in taking the action off the island. Much like Jurassic World reminded us of the best parts of Jurassic Park, there’s a way to keep that spirit alive with a new setting — they just have to figure it out.
Jurassic World 2 opens June 22, 2018.