It feels like the Summer of 2017 has only barely begun, but we’re already looking ahead to the Summer of 2018. Depending on what studio you work for, that might very much be the case. Some studios have been enjoying this summer’s box office weather, but others might be thinking it’s a washout, like the fine people that just lost almost $100 on The Mummy. Universal Studios ain’t sweating (too much) though because this time next year they’ll be selling us dinosaurs with the release of the sequel to Jurassic World, or rather Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom as we will have to call it from this day forward…
Not to be confused with the No Doubt’s 1995 breakthrough album Tragic Kingdom, Fallen Kingdom is the official name of the film coming out next summer that will pick up on the events after the 2015 smash hit Jurassic World. Not much is known from the film so far, and the above poster, and the picture above that, are the only two pieces of art released from Fallen Kingdom so far. Rumours on the plot include some strong allegories about animal cruelty and animal testing, while screenwriters Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly have promised a focus on suspense and character versus over-the-top action.
Chris Pratt returns from Jurassic World as raptor wrangler Owen Grady along with Bryce Dallas Howard as Jurassic World administrator Claire Dearing. James Cromwell will appear as Benjamin Lockwood, an old partner of John Hammond’s who has taken it upon himself to rein in the cloned dino madness he helped Hammond create. Justice Smith and Toby Jones will co-star, along with B.D. Wong who returns from Jurassic Park and Jurassic World as geneticist Dr. Henry Wu. Of course, Jeff Goldblum has also been announced to be returning as renowned chaos theorist Ian Malcolm. J.A. Bayona (The Impossible and A Monster Calls) is directing.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will be in theatres everywhere on June 22, 2018. One year from today…