After $1.6 billion in box office takings, a sequel to this summer’s mega-smash Jurassic Worldwas always going to be a sure thing. Fans of Rexy, raptor Blue and her crew are in luck because the wheels are in motion for the follow-up – now officially titled Jurassic World: Lost Kingdom.
Details might be scant at the moment, but consider this article (which we’ll update as new info drops) your one-stop shop for cast, plot rumours and potential spoilers on Jurassic World 2…
The first footage from Jurassic World: The Fallen Kingdom arrived via twitter from Colin Trevorrow and it’s so adorable it’s almost cynical. Here we see Chris Pratt giving a baby velociraptor a little stroke. We could watch it over and over.
Teasers have also been released for the first trailer, which arrives on Thursday, December 7.One shows Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and Justice Smith running away from the latest dinosaur stampede, while another has our hero admiring a sleeping T rex.
Our first official look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom appeared via the movie’s Instagram account, and revealed a new character and some old bones.
We spy a Triceratops and possibly a few raptors, but where are the bones of the Indominus Rex? The first genetically-engineered dinosaur species seems to be missing.
In terms of the young girl, leaked casting calls seemingly revealed that a 9-year-old girl named Lucy will be one of the central characters – no news yet on who the actress is.
With Jurassic World seeing John Hammond’s dream of a dinosaur theme park in tatters (again), it’s difficult to figure out where things will head next. Our prediction: the sequel will be Jurassic War.
Vincent D’Onofrio’s character Vic Hoskins pushed hard to turn raptors into weapons of war, and going by what Colin Trevorrow has to say, it looks like this thread is something that’ll be explored in Jurassic World: Lost Kingdom.
“[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That’ll get old real fast,” he explained.
However, even if it does mean war, it’s definitely not going to be a game of Dinosaur Top Trumps. According to Trevorrow, new director JA Bayona will bring a different flavour.
“I don’t think that bigger, better dinosaurs or bigger, more epic-in-scope action sequences are what people are necessarily looking for from this franchise and what they love about it.” Trevorrow told Jurassic Outpost.
“It will be more suspenseful and scary. It’s just the way it’s designed; it’s the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skill set.”
It might be a parable about animal rights too.
“Both Jack [Horner – palaeontology consultant] and me, we are concerned about man’s relationship with animals,” Bayona told Jurassic Outpost.
“Dinosaurs are a parable of the treatment of today’s animals: abuse, experiments in medicine, pets, [you] have wild animals in zoos like prisons, military use has been made of them, animals and weapons.”
And one of our favourite dinosaurs from the original Jurassic Park is returning. Fans have spotted a Dilophosaurus on the set of Jurassic World 2 – in case you’ve forgotten, he was the curious chap who played a game of hide and seek with Dennis Nedry before revealing his frill, squirting noxious goo in his face and then eating him. Yum!
Universal Pictures chief Donna Langley has also revealed that fans can expect a Jurassic World 3 as well. “Colin Trevorrow is busy working on an outline,” she said back in November 2015.
“He’s been working with Steven [Spielberg]. And they have an idea for the next two movies actually. It was designed as a trilogy, unbeknown to us. It’s a happy surprise.”
And Bayona is viewing Fallen Kingdom as Jurassic Park 5, which presumably means he’s acknowledging 2 and 3 as well…
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be back reprising their roles as dino trainer Owen Grady and former park chief Claire Dearing (who won’t be running in heels this time).
Having cemented himself as squad alpha by the close of Jurassic World, we’re expecting Owen’s raptors to be involved in some form. Let’s just say there had better be Blue!
Bayona announced on Twitter that Geraldine Chapman would be joining the cast too – she’s appeared in all three of his previous movies, The Orphanage, The Impossible and A Monster Calls.
He said he was definitely up for it, and now it seems that Jeff Goldblum will be reprising his role as Dr Ian Malcolm in the sequel.
“It’s small… who knows, they may cut me out entirely,” he told the Empire podcast. “But if I stay in I’ll be a sprig of parsley or a little garnish, hopefully with some impact!”
But it looks like Jake Johnson won’t be back as wisecracking park employee Lowery Cruthers. Sad times.
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is now hot property following the runaway success of the film. But as he’s on board to direct Star Wars Episode 9, it’s The Impossible‘s JA Bayona who’ll be stepping into his directorial shoes.
“We’re moving it into new territory,” Trevorrow told The Playlist. “JA Bayona is an incredible director and I know he’ll push the boundaries of what a Jurassic movie is. I think it’s important that we take risks. A franchise must evolve or perish.”
Bayona was apparently considered for the first Jurassic World, but declined the director’s chair on that occasion.
Trevorrow and his Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly will be cooking up the story again. Steven Spielberg will also be serving as a guiding hand behind the scenes as executive producer.
“I feel like the idea that this isn’t always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment. And when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponise it and later on we found it could be used for energy.”
Trevorrow added that dino tech will be going “open source”. “It’s almost like InGen is Mac, but what if PC gets their hands on it? What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?”
As with all highly-publicised sequels of late, then came the comparisons with Star Wars Episode V.
“It will be darker and scarier than the previous film,” Bayona told Scified. “Obviously when you have Chris Pratt it will also be very funny. But it will be darker. It is a second step in a trilogy, and the second step is always dark as in The Empire Strikes Back or The Wrath of Khan, which are the examples you always get.”
Pratt echoed Bayona’s sentiments, promising fans that the sequel will be “a scarier version, a little bit darker, and will continue to expand and carry the story forward in a way that is really unexpected and you wouldn’t have imagined”.
Jurassic World 2 budget: it’s gonna be big
JA Bayona will have an even bigger toy box to play with on the new movie. While Jurassic World was made for $150m, Lost Kingdom will apparently command a budget of $260m. Oof. That’s quite the investment.
We can’t say we’re surprised, though – the first film took $1.67 billion worldwide, making it the fourth most profitable movie of all time. What that extra $110m will afford Bayona, we can only imagine.