Written by Christian James
The latest installment to Stephen Spielberg’s 1993 “Jurassic Park” was in 2001 with “Jurassic Park III.” For over a decade now, moviegoers have believed that the beloved franchise would not go further than a trilogy. Although in 2009, there were talks around Universal Studios for another sequel. It’s been six years and that sequel, titled “Jurassic World,” is finally getting the release it deserves.
Universal practically had to start from scratch with their fourth “Jurassic” movie, unlike what many fans would hope, Spielberg has decided to stay away from the next installment. Director Joe Johnston, who was the mind behind the third movie, also stated that he would not be returning. Leaving the studio to find a completely new director. They landed on Colin Trevorrow, who unfortunately does not have a lot of experience. He made his debut with “Safety Not Guaranteed” in 2012. While it didn’t rain in a lot of money, it did very well in terms of the critic viewership.
With a director that not too many people have heard of, Universal knew that the only way this fourth installment could be a success is with a big star. So they grabbed Chris Pratt, who was one of the highest growing actors of 2014. With some huge blockbuster hits including “Guardians of the Galaxy” and “The Lego Movie,” Pratt was a guy that audiences were falling in love with. That is where Universal struck gold, not only are fans of the “Jurassic Park” trilogy already buying their tickets, but fans of Chris Pratt are as well. Placing “Jurassic World” on the top of the list for movies to see this summer.
Many of those who have plans to see “Jurassic World” have mistaken this sequel as a reboot. A very similar situation occurred earlier this summer with “Mad Max: Fury Road.” “Jurassic World” is not a reboot, as Trevorrow has stated himself, “Reboot is a strong word. This is a new sci-fi terror adventure set 22 years after the horrific events of ‘Jurassic Park.’” Similar to the recent installment to “Mad Max,” this allows for them to create a new dinosaur thriller without disregarding the original movie. Trevorrow has said that “Jurassic World” will ignore the events that took place in “The Lost World” and “Jurassic Park III.” Not to say that the movies will be completely excluded from the franchise, but because they took place on neighboring islands, they may be disregarded in the upcoming movie. Although connections to “Jurassic Park” will be found, such as the return of actor B.D. Wong who will be reprising his role as Dr. Henry Wu.
It may be a mistake for Trevorrow to make the decision to ignore “The Lost World” and “Jurassic Park III.” Whether or not the events of the two sequels took place on a separate island, it is still important for the characters within “Jurassic World” to remember how dangerous these dinosaurs are. If not treated very carefully, they could potentially escape to San Diego, California like they did in “The Lost World.”
Although, after the first trailer for “Jurassic World” was released many fans of the trilogy complained about the unrealistic problems, confused about why a park would genetically create their own dinosaur, as well as Pratt’s odd relationship with the Raptors. Shortly after, they released another trailer that fixed those problems, explaining that whenever the park releases a new species of dinosaur, their daily visitors skyrocket. The relationship between Pratt and the Raptors was revealed to not be completely loyal, as they are shown attacking civilians during the trailer. So if they were able to fix those complaints easily, then maybe their handle on the other two sequels will be handled well.