While we still have three months left in 2015, it will be very hard for another movie to top the massive box office success of Jurassic World. The blockbuster took in $649.8 million domestically and $1.6 billion worldwide, and it didn't take long for Universal Pictures to announce a sequel, Jurassic World 2. Colin Trevorrow will come back for this highly-anticipated sequel, and during an interview with the Jurassic Cast Podcast, the filmmaker revealed that there are two quotes from the original Jurassic Park that essentially inspired both Jurassic World and Jurassic World 2.
"Honestly, the trilogy is articulated in Jurassic Park, it's all in there. Jurassic World is all based on Ian Malcolm's quote, 'You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you wanna sell it.' That to me is Jurassic World, that's why I had all the product placement, that's what it was. The second one, Jurassic World 2, and as we were driving we tried to find, what is the foundation? '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 why it's exciting that the movie did well, that leaves us a lot of room to run, and it was part of this design, it had a beginning, middle, and end when we wrote the first movie. Now that the movie did well, we get to play that out."
The sequel will hit theaters on June 22, 2018, with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard set to return as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing. Colin Trevorrow is coming back to co-write the screenplay for the sequel with Derek Connolly, although he is not returning as a director. The filmmaker revealed that the sequel will feature weaponized dinosaurs and will take place off of Isla Nublar. When asked about the follow-up, the filmmaker said the story will be taken to the next level.
"It will get to be a different kind of film. The audience has given us permission to a certain extent to take this to the next level, and I don't necessarily mean in scale, I feel very strongly that it's not about more dinosaurs or bigger and better dinosaurs, it's about using this as a starting point for a much larger story about our relationship with these animals and about animals in general and the dynamic created by bringing them back to life."
The filmmaker revealed that he mapped out an entire trilogy with co-writer Derek Connolly, during a road trip from Los Angeles to Vermont. While he wouldn't go into specifics about the third movie's plot, he did say that Bryce Dallas Howard's Claire Dearing will evolve the most throughout the trilogy, and that the sequel doesn't "manufacture" ways to take these characters somewhere else.
"Jurassic World was very much made with the fans in mind, and I'm not going to forget it, but now we've seen a lot of 'dinosaurs chasing people around on an island' movies. I think you guys and also the general audience is going to be down to explore where else we can go. We know Owen is going to be in it and Claire will be in it and neither will be in the same place that we left them in this movie, Even though Claire is the one who evolves the most over the trilogy, it's her story that mirrors this changing world, Owen has s**t to deal with. The two of them opened Pandora's Box in Jurassic World and each of them are responsible for different elements of it in different ways, and I think the way that these characters are connected to the circumstances of what's happening, it's different than the previous films. It's not 'Let's manufacture a way to get them somewhere,' they're embedded into it now in a way that as story tellers makes it much easier for us to keep them involved and doesn't feel as contrived."
Universal hasn't announced who will direct Jurassic World 2, and it isn't known how far along Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly are on the screenplay. Who do you think should direct Jurassic World 2? Or do you hope that Colin Trevorrow changes his mind and comes back to the helm? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more updates.