The 5th installment of “Jurassic Park” film series, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” has dominated the overseas box office once again for the 2nd consecutive week.
The film has grossed over $932 million worldwide, making it the 3rd highest-grossing film of 2018, behind “Avengers: Infinity War” ($2 billion) and “Black Panther” ($1.3 billion).
It is expected that the Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard-led sequel should pass the $1 billion mark by this week.
Though the J.A. Bayona film received generally mixed reviews from critics for its weak plotline, it is still considered a huge success for the franchise. Not to mention that a third film, currently known as “Jurassic World 3” is slated for a release in 2021.
“Jurassic World 3” will be the final installment for the trilogy. Though the movie is still in its early stages of development, several key details of the movie have emerged and here are the ones that we know thus far.
1. Colin Trevorrow returns as director
Colin Trevorrow is the director for the 2015 “Jurassic World” which is set twenty-two years after the events of “Jurassic Park”. The film set a record-breaking opening weekend where it became the 1st film to gross over $500 million worldwide, becoming the 3rd-highest-grossing film of all time.
The movie received generally positive reviews among critics, and is considered to be the 2nd best film from the “Jurassic Park” franchise after Steven Spielberg’s 1993 adaptation.
Despite doing very well in the box office, “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” received mixed or average reviews among critics who felt that the film added nothing new to the franchise. Thus, at the request of Steven Spielberg, Colin Treverrow is asked to take on the director’s chair once again.
2. A shift in genre
All the “Jurassic Park” films are generally labelled as science-fiction adventure films, but some fans may see them differently as it also contains horror, thriller, and a little bit of fantasy.
But the recent entries to the franchise especially “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom”, has taken the dino-series in an unexpected directions. Thanks to J.A. Bayona’s horror background, the “Jurassic World” sequel takes the series back to its horror roots with its surprisingly dark moments.
According to Colin Trevorrow, the new “Jurassic World 3” will be a “science thriller” similar to Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park”. In speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said, “If I could contextualise each film, I would say ‘Jurassic World’ was an action adventure, ‘Fallen Kingdom’ is kind of a horror suspense film, and ‘Jurassic World 3’ will be a science thriller in the same way that Jurassic Park was.”
3. Mark the 28th anniversary of the franchise
Jurassic World 3 will be released June 11, 2021. pic.twitter.com/9RLUWl13tZ
— Jurassic World (@JurassicWorld) February 21, 2018
Even before the release of “Fallen Kingdom”, the last film for the trilogy has already been planned and the release date was already announced to the public back in February.
“Jurassic World 3” is slated to be released on the 11th June 2021 in the United States. The particular date is quite special as it is also the exact release date for the original “Jurassic Park” in 1993.
Thus, the last entry of the series will mark the 28th anniversary of the dino franchise which seems rather fitting as the threequel aims to mirror the original film in terms of theme and tone.
4. No more hybrids
As mentioned in the previous points, the 3rd “Jurassic World” film will be taking a ‘back-to-basic’ approach where it will focus more on real dinosaurs instead of hybrids. “I’m looking forward to, in the 3rd film, getting a little back into the Paleontological, wild animal, true dinosaur nature of all of it,” Trevorrow told Total Film.
Even though all the dinosaurs in the films are hybrids in a sense as they are made in a lab by scientists using the genes and DNAs of other animals. But for “Jurassic Park” franchise, hybrid means, creating a new species of dinosaur using the genes and DNA from multiple dinosaurs as well as other creatures.
Whatever it is, “Jurassic World 3” will see the basic plot of the original “Jurassic Park” expanded to a global scale, and this may be the perfect way to wrap up the series with the “true dinosaurs” being the main star of the show.
5. Return of Alan Grant and Ellie Satler
The cameo appearance of Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm in “Fallen Kingdom” is probably the part that got fans excited about the movie the most. Many fans were hoping that the last film will feature more old faces from the franchise such as Sam Neil as Alan Grant and Laura Dern as Ellie Satler, and Trevorrow seems to support the idea.
“We felt like (‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’) was Malcolm’s return. This was his… let him have his moment. I feel that way about everyone, especially Laura (Dern), in that she never got to have her own movie. That identified as being something that’s important. I feel like this moment with Goldblum, because he had this very clear set of ethical questions that he was able to pose for everyone, we just wanted to put the spotlight on him,” Trevorrow told MTV.
When fans told Treverrow that they would feel cheated if the 2 iconic characters didn’t appear in the upcoming film, Trevorrow replied, “I totally agree with that. I would feel robbed, too, yeah.”
It is still not sure whether Neil and Dern will be reprising their roles in the upcoming film, but it is certain that Trevorrow is putting a lot of thoughts in this as this will be the final film of an enormous franchise.