These are certainly going to be busy days for Chris Pratt. On the weekend he appeared in a video announcing the start of principal photography on Avengers: Infinity War, but on the opposite side of the ocean from The Avengers set in Atlanta, another Pratt franchise seems to be getting ready to roll as well. Yesterday, Jurassic World‘s producer Frank Marshall sent out a tweet that seemed to indicate that it’s dino time again, or close to it. Meanwhile, the studio has made some moves that more strongly hint about what the storyline of the highly anticipated sequel will entail.
First, Marshall has something he wants to show you.
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) February 14, 2017
Of course, that doesn’t mean that cameras are set to roll on the film just yet, but if they’re setting up production offices then they must be getting close to show time. J.A. Bayona will be directing the film, taking over from producer and co-screenwriter Colin Trevorrow, which will re-unite stars Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in a new dinosaur adventure co-starring Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, and Ted Levine. That’s what we know. What we’re still in the dark about: the plot.
There maybe some new insight though. According to fan site Jurassic Outpost, Universal Studios has bought the internet addresses IslaNubarRescueMission.com, AllCreaturesHaveRights.com, and AllCreaturesHaveRights.org, which all seem to point to the previously discussed thematic basis for the film, which is animal rights. “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,” Trevorrow said last year.
From conjecture, it would seem that the plot of Jurassic World 2 might involve some kind of dino rights group learning about the experimentations of Ingen at the park, the same kind of genetic engineering that created the Indominus Rex and led to the crisis in Jurassic World. Perhaps they end up leading a “rescue mission” to Isla Nubar where something happens that then requires Pratt and Howard’s character to return to the island and get to the bottom of Ingen’s doings. Trevorrow and Bayona have both promised a bigger, scary new story for Jurassic World 2, and one that might tie the connections even tighter between the 2015 movie and the broader Jurassic Park universe, but we’ll have to wait and see how all that shakes out.
Jurassic World 2 will be in theatres everywhere on June 22, 2018.