Colin Trevorrow‘s 2015 smash sci-fi film Jurassic World may have returned genetically engineered dinosaurs to the big screen in a big way, but its title belied the relatively confined setting for the thriller. The 1993 original film, Jurassic Park, was also kept within the bounds of its title theme park, though the sequel The Lost World took dinosaurs off the island and into an unprepared civilization. It’s looking like the Jurassic World sequel might follow the same course, but with more of a metaphor in mind than the previous spectacle-centered sequel.
In a chat with El Mundo (via Time and /Film) during Spain’s Sitges Film Festival, Trevorrow talked about the core thematic elements of his dinosaur film and the upcoming sequel that’s due on June 22, 2018. While the first film certainly had some problems, at least the spiritual center of the sequel sounds interesting, and it’s one that’s likely to earn approval from PETA.
Here’s what Trevorrow, who will produce the Jurassic World follow-up that will be directed by J.A. Bayona, had to say about the once and future Jurassic Worlds:
“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 also added that “the follow-up will tackle concepts ‘more complex’ than the first one, which was a reflection of problems inherent in capitalist society.” He elaborated on how the sequel will attempt to go farther with its narrative:
“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.”
The sequel is poised to take the (fictionally) established science in some interesting directions, like putting the technology to create dinosaurs of all shapes, sizes, and abilities in the hands of other entities, corporate, private, or otherwise. Could some ne’er-do-well gene-hackers attempt to make dinosaurs for their own ends? Could a private company engineer and breed “friendly” dinosaurs as pets for monetary gain? There are a lot of possibilities for a sequel, it just remains to be seen how far it will go in exploring them.
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