Sequels, like evolution, are inevitable. Like genetically-modified dinosaurs, they cannot be stopped. When Jurassic World becomes the third highest-grossing movie of all time (not this year, not this decade; ever) you could bet your dino DNA that Universal was going to make another one. And now it’s official: an as-yet untitled Jurassic World sequel is coming to theater on June 22, 2018.
Bryce Dallas Howard
Jurassic World now holds the record for the biggest opening weekend in movie history, with over $208 million in the U.S. and $500 million worldwide in just three days of release. After more than a decade since the last sequel, Jurassic Park fans were clamoring for more dinosaur action. Director Colin Trevorrow gave them exactly what they wanted.
When all you care about is money, bad things happen. That’s the message of Jurassic World, where greedy theme-park executives hoping to spike attendance engineer the “Indominus Rex,” a genetically-modified dinosaur that immediately turns on its creators and runs amok. Designed as a cautionary tale about the dangers of building a meaner, badder monster purely for the sake of profits, Jurassic World works equally well as a cautionary tale about doing the same thing in movies. All of the rationalizations provided by Jurassic World’s employees — “Consumers want them bigger, louder, more teeth.” “Somebody’s gotta make sure this company has a future!” — could have been taken directly out of the mouths of the studio executives who approved this gene splice of a reboot and a sequel. Their creation — the Indominus or the movie, there’s basically no difference — is as advertised; huge, mean, and visually striking. But this experiment is not without consequences.
Captain Marvel is kind of a big deal for the Marvel Cinematic Universe — it’s the studio’s first solo woman superhero movie, and as such, it’s attracted the attention of a few leading ladies. Emily Blunt told us last year that she’d love to play the superhero, while Jessica Chastain has also expressed interest. And now Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard is throwing her name out there, too.
The final trailer for Jurassic World takes on a more insidious tone, from the jarring piano score to the shot of baby Indominus Rex hatching interspersed with shots of relentless dino-violence. This is a park built on bad ideas, and Indominus Rex is the worst idea of them all. Welcome to Jurassic World, I guess?
Universal has revealed another new TV spot for Jurassic World, featuring a little bit of new footage from the upcoming sequel — most notably, a dinosaur petting zoo, where park attendees can interact with little, (allegedly) harmless dinosaurs. This whole place is teeming with bad ideas, although the worst is definitely that big bad hybrid dino, Indominus Rex.
It’s going to be incredibly difficult not to compare Jurassic World to Jurassic Park, but instead of avoiding those comparisons, director Colin Trevorrow is meeting them head-on. The new featurette draws on nostalgia from the first film, as the cast — along with producers Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall — ruminate on what made Jurassic Park special, and how it paved the way for the high stakes narrative of Jurassic World.
The last clip we saw from Jurassic World wasn’t exactly promising, featuring a conversation between Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, whose gender roles felt very outdated. Plus, there were zero dinosaurs or action to be found. But the new clip is entirely action and dino-centric, which should raise your spirits once again.
Something has survived ... and it’s been packaged, licensed and sold to an audience of millions! No, we’re not talking about the Jurassic Park franchise or the new Jurassic World trailer, but rather the dinosaurs on display in the film, who are the star attractions in a fully functioning prehistoric theme park where nothing ever goes wrong! Until it does. And when things go wrong at dinosaur theme parks, things go really wrong.
In a summer filled with gigantic releases, even the fourth movie in an iconic franchise has to work overtime to stand out. Jurassic World has released a new poster and it feels like step one in the process of rolling back the wave of bad buzz that accompanied that first dinosaur-free clip. Sure, Bryce Dallas Howard is still present, but this time, she’s joined by a very large, and presumably very hungry, dinosaur.