Jurassic World became one of the highest-grossing films of all-time in 2015, ending its cinematic run with a whopping $1.67 billion Worldwide. As well as raking in the cash, the film was successful in telling a story that both capitalised on the nostalgia of earlier movies, and provided an underlying commentary on capitalism and greed.
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The films director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow made excellent use of the $150 million budget showcasing some decent CGI as well as taking advantage of a talented cast which included the likes of Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Judy Greer, Jake Johnson and long-standing Jurassic Park scientist, Dr Henry Wu, actor BD Wong.
The Jurassic World sequel will be directed by J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls), but Trevorrow remains on board as co-writer and has spoken with Time regarding the big issues the film will focus on:
“The dinosaurs will be a parable of the treatment animals receive today: the abuse, medical experimentation, pets, having wild animals in zoos like prisons, the use the military has made of them, animals as weapons. The second part will be a very different movie that will explore new paths. For that reason, it was clear that it needed to be Bayona who would direct it, in order to have it grow and evolve with his very personal vision.”
Those who’ve seen Jurassic World, which we suspect from the aforementioned box office success is all of you, will know that the film’s ending involved the Dr. Henry Wu character running off with some of his research, which was what led to the creation of the Indominus Rex that wreaked havoc across the amusement park. It’s clear that starting another one of these dinosaur parks would be more than a little silly for the characters to do in future instalments, and so in saying that next film, “Will be a very different movie”, we suspect that Bayona looks to expand the established world, with Trevorrow having previously discussed the prospect of civilians now owning their own pet dinosaurs.
Owen (Pratt) and Claire (Howard) are set to return after uniting during the events of Jurassic World, what they will exactly be doing in the sequel is uncertain, but it’s likely that their prior knowledge and experiences in dealing with the dinosaurs will come into play.
Jurassic World 2 is yet to receive an official release date.