I'm actually pretty excited about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. I liked what I saw in the first trailer and I think director J.A. Bayona (When a Monster Calls) is going to bring us a cool story that I hope will end up surprising naysayers and audiences. 

It seems like a lot of fans think that this sequel will be similar to Steven Spielberg's The Lost World, but according to producer Colin Trevorrow that won't be the case at all. During a recent interview posted on YouTube by Sebas Tabany, Trevorrow was asked about the main idea and focus on the film and he says that it's about greed:

"To me it’s about greed. The first film is about how if there’s money on the table, there will be somebody who will do the worst imaginable things, or in a lot of case, the dumbest imaginable thing in order to get that money. This film focuses a little bit more on our responsibility for these animals that we’ve made as a result of that greed, but also just the darkest and worst instincts of humans, again, if there’s money involved."

As for the film being likened to The Lost World, we see in the trailer that the story follows Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) as they return to the island in an effort to rescue the animals from a volcanic eruption. Even though there are some similarities, Trevorrow assures us this movie will be different, saying:

"It looks like it is because they all go to a fog-covered, scary island with dinosaurs on it, but it goes to a very, very different place than anyone expects. Really the heart and soul of the movie, the turn of the story, is not what we’ve shown in this trailer. It’s very much not like The Lost World."

I do like the fact that we can expect the story to go into unexpected places. One of those unexpected places will not be soldiers riding on Dinosaurs, though! When this idea was brought up with Trevorrow, he said:

"It’s important that we keep it at least grounded in a space where the dinosaurs are a parable for animals in the world today. I think that ultimately, when people are able to watch this film and where this franchise is going, it really is about the ethical treatment of animals in the world and our responsibility to the living creatures that we share the planet with, alongside our responsibilities to the planet itself. I think the riding of a t-rex by a soldier is a level of fantasy, [while] I love it and I would love to see it, I don’t know if it’s specifically this franchise, but it’s super cool."

We definitely don't need to see that in these Jurassic World films, but we definitely need to see it in a Dino-riders movie! When asked what we can expect from Fallen Kingdom, the producer confirms that it's all leading to a third film that will bring it to an end:

"I knew where I wanted it to go. I remember telling Steven [Spielberg] even while we were making the first movie, “This is the beginning. Here is the middle. And here’s the end of the end. This is where we want to go. I feel like that kind of design is crucial to a franchise like this if you really want to bring people along with you and make sure they stay interested. It needs to be thought through on that level. It can’t be arbitrary, especially if we want to turn this into a character-based franchise with people who you lean in to follow what they’re going to do."

He goes on to talk about the end of the film and how it was designed to set up the next one, saying:

"At the end of this movie, it’s not a cliffhanger, but it’s designed for people to want to know what’s going to happen next, whereas the earlier Jurassic Park movies had pretty clear definitive endings. They were much more episodic. In working with Derek Connolly, my co-writer, we were also thinking about where it was gonna go in the future."

I like what I'm hearing here and I really do hope that they can make a solid movie. Even though I enjoyed Jurassic World, it wasn't without its problems. Hopefully, they learned from their mistakes and will make a better movie this time around. 

Here’s the official synopsis for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The movie will be released on June 22, 2018.

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