Jurassic World, the fourth film in the Jurassic Park series (that largely ignored the previous two sequels, especially the third), was a smash success at the box office when it was released in June of last year. The movie was able to domestically gross $652,270,625—and even more impressively $1,670,400,637 worldwide. All of this profit was based on a 150 million dollar budget, so yeah. They made money. A lot of money. Not that it was undeserved, because general consensus was that both critics and audience liked it. It’s not surprising, then, that word has gotten out of the inevitable sequel going into pre-production.
The sequel to Jurassic World (or the fourth sequel to Jurassic Park, if you will) is currently rumored to be titled Jurassic World: Ancient Futures. The film is set to shoot in several locations, primarily London and Hawaii. Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, is not set to return as director (due to directing Star Wars Episode IX); he is instead writing the script (with Derek Connolly, reprising his writing role from the previous film). The directing chair is being handed off to J.A. Bayona, known for his work on Penny Dreadful and the upcoming A Monster Calls.
Although Colin Trevorrow has kept the story under wraps for now, in an interview with WIRED Magazine, he was quoted as saying:
“[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island, that’ll get old real fast. 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. […] 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?”
Based on this, we may expect that the next film will explore more places than just a singular isle, and that the film will be on an even bigger scale than before. For now, we will have to wait and see what news about how the world Michael Crichton and Steven Spielberg first gave us evolves next.