Before I say anything else, I’d like to announce that the Jurassic World deleted scene reel is out, it’s everything I could’ve ever dared to hope for and I’ll be screaming about it in more detail in my next post:
It’s 3 years before Jurassic World 2 will hit theaters, and already the hype train has left the station and I have rumors to cover. Oh glorious speculation! Oh ever-dripping maple syrup of things to guess about from the tree of fan hype! How I’ve missed you, my livelihood!
First of all, let”s have something official and concrete– Trevorrow gave another interview last week, in which he hinted more at what the new movie will bring.
“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?’
Gee, Colin, it sure seems you’re drawing a lot of inspiration from Ian Malcolm and Alan Grant. They sure are great characters, aren’t they? Sure have a lot of smart and insightful things to contribute, about themes that stretch across the whole trilogy, don’t they? Say, you wouldn’t wanna, maybe.. *nudge, nudge* put one or two of them in the new movie, would you?
Seriously though, the Grant quote seems perfect for the type of “dinosaurs living on the mainland and integrated into human society” theme that seems to be developing, and it seems to be setting the stage for a really interesting plot that’s less “what if kids kept tiny Triceratops as pets” and more “what is everything (in the JW2 universe) that’s dependent on dinosaurs in society, like military operations and scientific experimentation, going to do once dinosaurs decide to test their place in the natural order?” And personally, that sounds like the core question of a movie I’d love to see. Also: Jurassic World had tons of product placement for a reason. It was deliberately put there to make a point. What I’m saying is that, to all these listicle writers saying that Trevorrow was being hypocritical by including all of the commercial parts of Isla Nublar, you are cordially invited to go home.
“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.”
This builds on the idea of a “humans and dinosaurs both finding where they fit in this new world, and trying to find out if one can truly rule over the other” plot, but even though Trevorrow says that he doesn’t want to make the movie all about “bigger, louder, more teeth”, I am beginning to wonder if the movie will have to take that direction. If dinosaurs in combat really are going to happen, the military’s goal in creating their own dino-weapons will be to create something lethal and terrifying, and a larger size will inevitably be a part of that. And since T. rex might be awesome but its design isn’t exactly efficient for combat, and Indominus was proven to be so overwhelmingly effective in killing, there would be no reason for dinosaur manufacturers to go back to the basics. They wouldn’t use a “real” dinosaur like a T. rex just for the sake of “hey, it’s an awesome T. rex”, they’d want to innovate and make something that would get the military’s job done as quickly and intimidatingly as possible. This line of logic alone leads me to the conclusion that, even though the rest of the story might focus heavily on character and plot development, there will more likely than not be a big and scary dinosaur that eats people in this, and it’s not impossible that it’ll be an “improved” version of the I. rex. (It follows that the villain might be a smaller I. rex like Hoskins wanted to make, but I don’t think this will be the case; a smaller-sized but intelligent and deadly dinosaur would probably end up taking the raptors’ place, and can you imagine the riots in the streets if that happened?)
And finally, he talks about the characters and gives us a vague sense of their roles in the new film:
“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.” [emphasis added]
My immediate reaction to the bit I bolded was to remember the beginning of the final fight sequence. After the I. rex showed up on Main Street and Owen started shooting at her, there was a shot of him hiding behind an amber statue and cocking his rifle, and in clear view behind him was a storefront that said Pandora. Contextualizing the commercial message with the I. rex destroying stuff and weaving in the “we opened Pandora’s box with this thing” idea– Trevorrow, you clever bastard.
That aside, I’m glad to have confirmation that Claire and Owen won’t just be cameos in this, and that Claire will still be the main character with the most development. I hate to join the ranks of the bloggers who cried sexism, but maybe the second part of her arc will prove that there’s more to her story than learning the importance of family and being able to take care of children– regardless, of course, of the fact that she had exactly the same type of development as Grant, but that’s a message that’s fallen on the general audience’s deaf ears. (As a digression, you will not regret giving this a read.)
We knew, of course, that Claire and Owen were huge parts of the whole Jurassic World Incident in-universe and that they’ll be associated with dinosaurs no matter what happens, but the way he put this suggests that the two of them will still be dealing with the fallout of InGen rather than doing something dinosaur-related but not having to do with Jurassic World. For instance, they might be in charge of deciding what to do with Isla Nublar instead of, say, training therapy raptors. Or they won’t have been working with dinosaurs at all. If this movie follows the same pattern that the rest of the films have, then it’ll take place in June of 2018 and 3 years will have passed; it’s possible that Claire and Owen gave their testimonies, pitched in what they could to help with the aftermath of the park disaster, and then did their best to live out on their own somewhere without having to work with or see dinosaurs and/or reporters, and now they’re being dragged back into things. Whatever happens, rejoice, for the hour of more Claire/Owen draws near!
That does it for the interview, now it’s time for a quick trip to Crazytown. The following is courtesy of DinoReviews101 on JPL, a member of the site’s research staff. Remember, the movie is 3 years off, the script has not been finalized and it’s very important to note that this is only a rumor:
So, now onto the news. Jurassic Park 5 (Jurassic World 2) probably won’t feature any “pure-bred” dinosaurs aside from the Velociraptors. Which includes the T-Rex. This is speculation: I am going off info from drafts of the scripts that have been passed around. Those drafts were said to not include T-Rex, Brachiosaurus, Triceratops, or any other pure bred dinosaurs. While it seems ridiculous not to include the T-REX in a JURASSIC PARK film, let me elaborate (SPECULATION).
I think what Colin Trevorrow and the rest of the JW team were trying to do is make a new “dinosaur king” for the franchise with the new hybrid dinosaur, the Indominus rex. I am assuming that T-Rex DNA will again be incorporated into a new hybrid dinosaur that might “take over the franchise.” I feel the ending of Jurassic World symbolizes the end of the generic “Jurassic” storylines and plot devices (which includes the T-Rex always being heavily involved). Now Raptors will probably be in JP5, being that Owen is in it. […] NO! NO! NO! NO JURASSIC WAR!
Purely to avoid fearmongering, I’m not going to take this seriously. It’s a remote possibility in a sea of what-could-happens, and it’s just as likely to happen as anything else, so I won’t build much on what this implies. However, I can’t say it doesn’t make sense from a producer’s point of view. Hybrids seem like a whole new frontier for the franchise, and especially with the Stegoceratops and Wu’s other experiments, if I were a director I might not want to sit on that goldmine either. Hybrids are a good vehicle for taking the plot off the islands, and I while don’t necessarily want to see nothing but hybrids and raptors, I can respect why that decision might be made. And that isn’t a bad point about the end of JW wrapping up the original trilogy’s general story line– Rexy got her victory and now she owns the island again, we all cried and there’s basically nothing that could be added onto that to make it any more satisfying.
Again, this is nothing but an idea that’s being passed around the production table, and there’s no reason to take it as canon. But it’s definitely exciting to hear that brainstorming for our fifth Jurassic Park movie is underway! What do you think of all of this? Do you like the direction the movie might take? Let your voice be heard in the comments! In the meantime, I have an idea or two about what companies might do with all that technology: