‘Jurassic World 2’ Will Be a Metaphor for the Modern Treatment of Animals

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The universe that Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg created with 1993’s Jurassic Park is a world ripe with all kinds of possibilities. What would a world in which the resurrection of extinct species is a reality be like? Can an ostensibly foolproof system of controlling these creatures and making sure they don’t escape their enclosures really work? (No.) Does life, uh, find a way? (Yes.) This summer’s Jurassic World chose to tell a simpler, more action-y tale than its predecessors, but from what Colin Trevorrow has said about its sequel, Jurassic World 2 will take a more nuanced approach to the possibilities of genetically resurrected dinosaurs.

Speaking with El Mundo (via Time) during Spain’s Sitges Film Festival, Trevorrow talked about the overall feel of the new film, which will be directed by J.A. Bayona.

The dinosaurs will be a parable of the treatment animals receive today: the abuse, medical experimentation, pets, having wild animals in zoos like prisons, the use the military has made of them, animals as weapons.

This kind of issue was touched on in the original film and book, in which all the dinosaurs are branded with the “JP” symbol. InGen created these creatures through science, so, for all intents and purposes, they’re owned by the company. But can a corporation really own a living thing?

Trevorrow said that “the follow-up will tackle concepts ‘more complex’ than the first one, which was a reflection of problems inherent in capitalist society.” Jurassic World ridiculed modern films’ obsessive product placement (before dishing out plenty of Nissan, Starbucks, and Samsung advertisements of its own). But Trevorrow says the sequel will be very different.

The second part will be a very different movie that will explore new paths. For that reason, it was clear that it needed to be Bayona who would direct it, in order to have it grow and evolve with his very personal vision.

The sequel is said to deal with how other companies would handle the genetic technology if it was dished out to more corporations. Would they create toothless, friendly dinosaurs as pets? Would some companies make millions by engineering miniature versions of Velociraptor and T-rex? We’ll know when the movie premieres June 22, 2018.

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