We are still nearly two years away from the release of Jurassic World 2, but we have been learning quite a bit about the movie as of late. Specific plot details are still a bit scarce, but Colin Trevorrow recently revealed some of the issues that the sequel will be tackling. According to him, Jurassic World 2 will be taking on the idea of animal abuse.
Colin Trevorrow, who directed the first Jurassic World and is co-writing Jurassic World 2, recently did an interview with Time. During the interview, the filmmaker revealed that the dinosaurs in the new movie will be something of a metaphor for how we as people treat animals in the real world today. Here is what he had to say.
"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."
As mentioned in the quote, J.A. Bayona is going to be directing Jurassic World 2, which Colin Trevorrow recently revealed was the plan long before it was announced. There is some precedent for the idea of dealing with animal abuse in the Jurassic Park franchise. In Jurassic World, Hoskins (Vincent D'Onofrio) said to Chris Pratt that extinct animals have no rights when he was talking about using the raptors for military operations. The Lost World also had sort of an overarching theme of letting the animals exist and to not treat them like property, even though they are man-made creations.
While we don't know a lot about specific plot details, we do know a few additional things about Jurassic World 2. Both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are set to reprise their roles, which seems like a no-brainer, especially in the case of Pratt. It has also been stated by Colin Trevorrow that the Jurassic World sequel won't be sticking to dinosaurs chasing people around on an island. It is also likely that the idea of militarized dinosaurs will also be explored further, as many of the embryos made it off the island with InGen. The creative team behind Jurassic World 2 has also promised that the movie will be scarier, it will include new dinosaurs and it will include more practical dinosaurs.
The Jurassic Park franchise had been dormant for 14 years after the failure of Jurassic Park III, but Jurassic World was able to totally reinvigorate it. It was generally well-received by critics and fans, but more importantly for Legendary and Universal, it made a ton of money. The movie made $1.67 billion worldwide, so now we are getting at least two more movies in the franchise, starting with Jurassic World 2 which is set for release on June 22, 2018.