Colin Trevorrow on building a trilogy: Jurassic World just the 'starting point'

Jurassic World - Chris Pratt - Bryce Dallas Howard

Considering the fact that it’s one of the biggest movies in box-office history, it’s not much of a surprise to hear a few Jurassic World sequels are in the works. So, what is director Colin Trevorrow cooking up for the followup?

Trevorrow talked extensively about the franchise plan in a recent interview with Jurassic Cast Podcast, and confirmed they built World as a natural launching point for a new trilogy. They apparently mapped out future arcs for the main players (Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard), and made sure they were locked in for a sequel. As for the next installment, Trevorrow said he wants to follow the progression of World to show what happens when dinosaurs and humans are thrust back into a world together.

As for what, exactly, that will mean? We don’t know, but we’re dying to find out. Considering how the previous Jurassic Park sequels were constructed (mostly featuring contrivances to lure characters back to the island), it sounds like Trevorrow wants to take a different tack and literally build the world in a new direction. If nothing else, it’s a unique spin, and that’s encouraging.

Check out an excerpt from the interview below:

“We looked at it as a trilogy from the very beginning. We designed the whole thing that way. And, honestly, the whole trilogy is articulated in Jurassic Park. Jurassic World is all based on Ian Malcom’s quote: ‘you stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you knew what you had, you’d packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox and now you want to sell it.’ That, to me, is Jurassic World. That’s why I had all the product placement, that’s what it was. So with Jurassic World 2 it’s: 'dinosaurs and man separated by 65 million years of evolution have been thrown back into the mix together – how can we know what to expect?'. That’s not the exact quote, but you get the idea. And that’s why its exciting the movie did well. I had a beginning, a middle and an end and it was designed this way. So now we get to play that out.

It’ll be a different kind of film and the audience has given us kind of permission to take this to the next level. And I don’t mean in scale. I feel very strongly that this is not ‘more dinosaurs’ or ‘bigger dinosaurs’, it’s about using this as a starting point to discover our relationship with these animals and with animals in general, and the dynamic that was created by bringing them back to life.

We made [Jurassic World] with the fans very much in mind and I’m not going to forget that, but we’ve seen a lot of ‘dinosaurs chasing people around on an island’ movies. And I think you guys and the general audience are going to be down to explore where else we can go. Owen is going to be in it, Claire is in it and neither are going to be in the same place we left them in the first movie. And even though Claire is the one who evolves the most over the trilogy, it’s her story that mirrors this changing world. Owen has shit to deal with. They’ve both opened Pandora’s Box in Jurassic World and both of them are responsible for different elements of it. And I think the way these characters are connected to these circumstances of what’s happening, it’s different than previous films. It’s not ‘let’s manufacture a way to get them somewhere’, they’re embedded into it now in a way that us storytellers are able to keep them involved without it feeling contrived.”

The Jurassic World sequel is set to open in 2018. 

What do you want to see from the next film? Do you think Trevorrow is on the right track?

(Via Jurassic Cast Podcast, JoBlo)

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