I thought Jurassic World was ok (click here for review); not great, but certainly better than the other attempts to follow up Jurassic Park. I’ve been absolutely floored by how well it has done at the box office, though. Clearly there was a convergence of nostalgia from people like me who loved Jurassic Park and wanted to re-experience it and a new generation who just generally wanted to see dinos snacking on tourists. The end result has been a phenomenal gross for Universal Studios. Jurassic World today passed The Avengers and is now the #3 film all-time in global box office. I fully expect it to pass Titanic for #2, though Avatar’s not budging off that throne (perhaps Episode VII will put a Star Wars film back atop the leaderboard). With all of its success, it is the least shocking announcement in sequel history that a follow-up film (Jurassic Park 5 or Jurassic World 2….who knows?) has been greenlit for 2018 with both Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt expected to return.
The end of Jurassic World left the door wide open for future installments. They’ve got Isla Nublar in ruins, overrun by dinosaurs…..again (I am curious to know how they regained control after the first film). Then the world’s dodgiest geneticist, good old Dr. Henry Wu, and his freakazoid dino hybrid project have been whisked away by INGen (The World’s Dumbest Corporation Since 1993) to a secret location. Making the Indominus Rex a hybrid was fine. Unlike the T-Rex from the first film, you never like the I-Rex. She’s an abomination. However, if you’re just going to start cranking out hybrid dinos, you stray from the actual dinos, which as Chris Pratt put in the film, “Are ‘wow’ enough”. So we’ll see what direction they take. Director Colin Treverrow had said before the film came out that he didn’t plan to do another one (which seemed like a presumptuous statement at the time), but we’ll see if that holds in the wake of Jurassic World’s box office success.