Jurassic World gets a lot of credit for reigniting the Jurassic Park franchise, but it really didn’t get into any of the serious implications of genetic technology that was at the heart of the original book written by Michael Crichton. Sure, it was touched on, but all that serious, sciencey stuff kind of got in the way of dino-mayhem and Chris Pratt being awesome. Well the good news is that Pratt will likely still be awesome in the upcoming Jurassic World 2, but the better news is that the producers will be working back into the film some of those serious sci-fi themes. If animal rights issues are your bag, then Jurassic World 2 will be for you.
In an interview with Time magazine, a publication well-known for its coverage of Asian Dawn (Die Hard reference!), Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow talked in specific thematic terms about what’s cooking for director J.A. Bayona in the sequel.
“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. 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.”
Trevorrow has previously said there’s a reason that Bayona was the man hired to helm the new Jurassic film, and it has to with his background in horror with projects like The Orphanage and several episodes of Penny Dreadful. Anyone from PETA will tell you that some of those videos of animal abuse that they collect are as horrible and as difficult to watch as any horror movie, so it seems that Bayona is the right man to get the job done if Jurassic World 2 is going in a darker direction. Jurassic World made serious bank by sticking pretty close to what the movie series has done before, so the filmmakers should have plenty of room to play and create something new and compelling.
Jurassic World 2 will be in theatres everywhere on June 22, 2018.