Even though ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom‘ will not hit theaters until June 22nd, it seems that the next film in the franchise has already been given a release date, set to come out in almost exactly 3 years, on June 21st, 2021. Fortunately, though, it is all part of a plan, as apparently the director of the first ‘Jurassic World,’ Colin Trevorrow, always saw this cycle of films as a trilogy, and therefore always knew there was going to be a third installment after ‘Fallen Kingdom.’
While speaking on the story for all three movies in an interview back in 2017, Trevorrow (who is now an executive producer on the series) stated:
“I remember telling Steven even while we were making the first movie, ‘This is the beginning. Here is the middle. And here’s the end of the end. This is where we want to go. I feel like that kind of design is crucial to a franchise like this if you really want to bring people along with you and make sure they stay interested…“At the end of this movie, it’s not a cliffhanger, but it’s designed for people to want to know what’s going to happen next, whereas the earlier Jurassic Park movies had pretty clear definitive endings. They were much more episodic. In working with Derek Connolly, my co-writer, we were also thinking about where it was gonna go in the future.”
Of course, knowing there is a third movie coming out does take some of the tension out of the movie, as we know at least a few of the characters have to survive the catastrophic volcanic events taking place on Isla Nublar, otherwise who are we coming back to see in the third film? Whether it be some fan-favorite dinosaurs, Chris Pratt’s character of Owen Grady or Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing, someone has to be the lead in Part 3, so someone clearly will have a character shield in Part 2.
But at the end of the day, does that really matter?
I personally love trilogies, and I like the idea that Trevorrow had this one planned from the beginning, even if I don’t particularly think the ‘Jurassic World’ movies are the greatest, but this alone might encourage me to stick with the franchise. What are your thoughts on knowing all 3 movies are part of one interconnected story, and not as episodic as the ‘Jurassic Park’ movies that came before? Share your thoughts in the comments below!