The Jurassic Park franchise is a wildly successful one, but it also has a slight plot issue. The first movie could really have been a one-and-done-deal, but after almost making a billion dollars (in the early 90’s!) Universal knew that people wanted more. The Lost World tried the same idea of humans running away from dinosaurs in the jungle and threw in a T-Rex on the mainland but it didn’t really mesh together, instead feeling like a convoluted way to get characters back on the island. Jurassic Park III was more of the same, and Jurassic World was more-or-less a reimagined version of the first movie but not as good. There’s only so many times that the foolishness of man can be the main theme and there’s only so many times that audiences will watch people running away from dinosaurs until they get bored.
Director Colin Trevorrow seems to agree with this notion, and in a new interview with Wired (via Flickering Myth) he hints that the seeds planted in the fourth movie will play a part in the fifth, recently announced for 2018.
“It will not be just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That’ll get old real fast.”
Well, that’s a relief.
Trevorrow went more in-depth with this, comparing dinosaurs to nuclear power and suggesting that there could be multiple different parties making dinosaurs.
“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.
This isn’t something necessarily that was in the book but is a seed that I wanted to plant in this movie, is that might be able to grow in more of these movies if they decide to make more of them, is: What if this went 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? Dr Wu says in the film, when he’s warning Dr Mesrani, ‘we’re not always going to be the only ones who can make a dinosaur’. I think that’s an interesting idea that even if we don’t explore fully in this film, there is room for this universe to expand.”
I have to say, I’m interested to see what they come up with. Dinosaurs on the mainland is something which was only explored with the T-Rex for about twenty minutes of The Lost World; there is still a ton of potential with that. It also makes it easier to rope Pratt and Howard’s characters back in. Dare I say, could we see returns for Alan Grant and Ian Malcolm now that they have the perfect platform to tell everyone that dinosaurs are a bad idea? I feel giddy already.
Trevorrow is back to write the sequel but somebody else will direct – who could it be? Throw some suggestions out in the comments!