Jurassic World will hit theaters in just a couple weeks. The press tour to promote the film is just getting under way. Therefore it’s time to ask the obvious question. What about the sequel? Director Colin Trevorrow has already been asked if he would direct a follow up, and, interestingly, he’s already said no.
This film will be Trevorrow’s coming out party of sorts, as his previous endeavor, Safety Not Guaranteed, was not widely seen. It’s probably the best move on his part not to get tied down to the Jurassic Park franchise at this point. If the new film is a hit he will likely be showered with offers and who doesn’t like choices? At the same time there’s a good chance that he’ll be asked back to do the sequel, if he hasn’t already, and he can always "change his mind" if he doesn’t get a better offer or somebody backs up a dump truck full of money to his doorstep.
Jurassic World is expected to open strong given the hype around the return of the franchise, and the distance we’ve obtained from The Lost World, so talk of a sequel was all but inevitable. It feels a little odd to bemoan the need to consider a sequel this soon for a film’s that’s already the fourth in a series, but part of what looks exciting about the film is that they’ve actually made it feel fresh. Also a platoon of trained velociraptors.
The Star Wars comparison is an interesting one though. That franchise appears to be heading into its own "cinematic universe" with multiple films spinning off in different directions. Is there a feeling that the same might be possible with Jurassic Park? It doesn’t seem to have nearly the mythology that Marvel or Star Wars have. While more movies about dinosaurs eating people will always be appreciated by theatergoers it’s hard to say that there’s anything more than that here.
If and when the "Jurassic Universe," or whatever it’s called, swings into gear some new director will have a chance to put their own spin on the story. Is there another up-and-coming director who deserves a chance? We'll see what kind of stamp Trevorrow has put on the franchise when Jurassic World opens June 12.
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CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis. Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.