Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom teased a sequel that would see its dinosaurs infiltrating the mainland, thus pursuing one of the exact storylines that made The Lost World: Jurassic Park such a disappointment. Granted, the Jurassic World franchise has, creatively at least, been nothing but a disappointment, so the potential of seeing the Indominus rex gobble up Trump Tower was just about all it had going for it. Alas, that shall not be the case.
Franchise shepherd Colin Trevorrow is both writing and directing the third installment, and is already making it clear that his sequel will feature no dino-on-skyscraper action (sorry, Chuck Tingle). In an interview with Jurassic Outpost, Trevorrow said the dinosaurs will, like bears and other wild creatures, stick to society’s outskirts.
“I just have no idea what would motivate dinosaurs to terrorize a city,” he said, seeming to forget that the dinosaurs of this franchise are unwieldy, hungry, and have spent their entire lives surrounded by humans and infrastructure.
“They can’t organize. Right now we’ve got lethal predators in wild areas surrounding cities all over the world. They don’t go pack hunting for humans in urban areas. The world I get excited about is the one where it’s possible that a dinosaur might run out in front of your car on a foggy backroad, or invade your campground looking for food. A world where dinosaur interaction is unlikely but possible—the same way we watch out for bears or sharks. We hunt animals, we traffic them, we herd them, we breed them, we invade their territory and pay the price, but we don’t go to war with them. If that was the case, we’d have lost that war a long time ago.”
Trevorrow also made it clear that the Jurassic World movies aren’t a separate franchise from the one Steven Spielberg started in 1993, saying that the next film will be “the conclusion of a story that began 25 years ago.” That sounds like a weird thing to assert, but it might be necessary considering he’s previously said that Jurassic World would ignore the original film’s two sequels. Now he’s out here calling the next movie “Jurassic Park 6" and we’re just very, very confused.
He continued, “I think fans will be fired up when they see how much we’re connecting it to the source material. I know Jurassic World didn’t feel like a sequel in a traditional sense—the title change probably contributed to that—but it was. And so is this.”
Does that mean Sam Neill and Laura Dern could return for Trevorrow’s film? Or that Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm could do more than mutter charismatically in a courtroom? Just promise not to kill any raptors via gymnastics and we’ll keep an open mind.