It's been nearly a quarter of a century since Steven Spielberg has taken the world on a safari of truly gargantuan proportions, courtesy of his now legendary film Jurassic Park. With three sequels in the can, and the last one, Jurassic World, becoming a box office smash in 2015, something naturally would survive to chomp another day. Well, it wasn't long before that very possibility was locked in, as that very year it was announced that Jurassic World 2 was officially happening, and with some returning friends.
So, obviously, we here at CinemaBlend are looking forward to the future, and thinking about what exactly we know about the film that is officially titled Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Which is why we've put together this handy guide for all of you adventure lovers, dinosaur fans, and Spielberg devotees out in the world. Apparently, there's a lot of you, as this movie wouldn't be happening without the fans that poured out to see Colin Trevorrow's continuation of an adventure 65 million years in the making. With that in mind, welcome to what we know so far about Jurassic World 2. To that end, let's start with the most recent trailer for the future blockbuster, which you can check out below!
Man, were it not for the assurances of producer Colin Trevorrow that these harrowing scenes only cover roughly the first hour of the movie, it would look like they'd given the whole thing away in the trailer! Now that we've seen some of what we'll be treated to when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters, let's get into all the details we have so far about the movie.
What Will Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Be Rated?
You could probably put a sizable bet on the fact that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is going to be rated PG-13. A summer blockbuster of mass appeal, it's not like it'd have a legitimate chance of being rated R; even if that would mean the franchise would match the tone of Michael Crichton's original writing and content that much closer. While we'd love to see dinosaurs rampaging and scores of carnivorous carnage, this flick's gotta be good for the kiddies to enjoy as well. If it helps, Jurassic World 2 is planning to be scarier than Jurassic World. So it's not like this is going to be a mellow walk in the park or anything.
What Is The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Release Date?
The release date for Jurassic World 2 is officially set for June 22, 2018. Now, obviously, this puts the film deep in the heart of blockbuster country, and its release date is in a pretty competitive window on both sides of the divide. The month that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom drops will see several, highly anticipated, movies hit the big screen, including Ocean's 8 on June 8, The Incredibles 2 on June 15 and Sicario 2: Soldado on June 29. Meanwhile, The Purge: The Island and Ant-Man and the Wasp will be following behind those competitors in the 4th of July time frame.
So, why stick with such a perilous release slot? Well, in addition to ticket sales for most big films dropping pretty heavily in their second weekends, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is being unveiled just 11 days past the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park's release date in 1993. With this beautiful historic symmetry, and the potential for Universal to hype up this anniversary in the weeks and months before the new film's premiere, it almost feels like kismet.
In the beginning, folks wouldn't have been wrong to think that Colin Trevorrow might return for Jurassic World 2's production. Sequel talk was built into the discussions between Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg's meetings for Jurassic World. That probably could have happened, if it wasn't for the fact that Trevorrow announced that he wasn't going to be following the franchise into its next phases. This probably had something to do with the fact that Colin Trevorrow was ready to pursue his labor of love known as The Book of Henry, as well as the fact that he landed himself the golden ticket that is Star Wars: Episode IX.
Obviously, a replacement was needed, and that replacement came in the form of Hispanic film director Juan Antonio Garcia "J.A." Bayona. Bayona was initially noticed for his work on the Guillermo del Toro produced horror film, The Orphanage, and would then go on to make films such as The Impossible and A Monster Calls, as well as lending his talents to direct an episode of Showtime's Penny Dreadful.