Colin Trevorrow Teases JURASSIC WORLD 2 Details, Says Chris Pratt's Owen "Has Sh*t To Deal With"
No one predicted Jurassic World would become the third highest-grossing film of all time, but because of its staggering success, a sequel has already been given the greenlight and a new trilogy is underway. Director Colin Trevorrow has moved on to helm Star Wars: Episode 9, but in the meantime, he'll write and produce Jurassic World 2, and he's spoken with the Jurassic Cast about what we can expect from the sequel:
"We looked at it as a trilogy from the very beginning. We designed the whole thing that way. And, honestly, the whole trilogy is articulated in Jurassic Park. Jurassic World is all based on Ian Malcom’s quote: ‘you stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could and before you knew what you had, you’d packaged it and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox and now you want to sell it.’ That, to me, is Jurassic World. That’s why I had all the product placement, that’s what it was. So with Jurassic World 2 it’s: “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?’. That’s not the exact quote, but you get the idea...
And that’s why its exciting the movie did well. I had a beginning, a middle and an end and it was designed this way. So now we get to play that out."
But anyone hoping the sequel will include more people running from dinosaurs on an island is going to be disappointed, because after mentioning it once before, Trevorrow says they're definitely moving on from that conceit and advancing the story:
"We made [Jurassic World] with the fans very much in mind. And I’m not going to forget that, but we’ve seen a lot of ‘dinosaurs chasing people around on an island’ movies. And I think you guys and the general audience are going to be down to explore where else we can go. Owen is going to be in it, Claire is in it and neither are going to be in the same place we left them in the first movie. And even though Claire is the one who evolves the most over the trilogy, it’s her story that mirrors this changing world. Owen has shit to deal with. They’ve both opened Pandora’s Box in Jurassic World and both of them are responsible for different elements of it. And I think the way these characters are connected to these circumstances of what’s happening, it’s different than previous films. It’s not ‘let’s manufacture a way to get them somewhere’, they’re embedded into it now in a way that us storytellers are able to keep them involved without it feeling contrived."
I liked Jurassic World more than a lot of people (it seems there was a big backlash because of how much money it ended up making), and I'm definitely intrigued about the future of the franchise moving forward, especially with Trevorrow making comments like these about the future of the characters of Claire and Owen. I'm a big Bryce Dallas Howard fan, and I'm hoping Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly learned something from the high heel controversy of JW; lets hope Claire and Owen are even better developed characters in the sequel.
We saw what happens when a T-rex invaded San Diego in The Lost World, so it should be fascinating to see if this new generation of filmmakers can create an organic way to bring the action off-island and keep everything logical and exciting. Jurassic World 2 hits theaters on June 22nd, 2018.