“Jurassic World” has become a phenomenon; there really isn’t much more to it than that. Through some spot on casting decisions, capitalization on our 1990’s nostalgia, and a willingness to try something new with a classic franchise, it has gone on to become the third highest grossing movie of all time — roughly $1.542 billion worldwide.

 

 

With that type of hot streak, Universal has opted to double down, and will produce a “Jurassic” sequel to be released June 22, 2018. The studio has not announced anything regarding story, but they have revealed that “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow will co-write the screenplay with Derek Connolly, and Steven Spielberg will return to executive produce the film. Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt will return in starring role, which everyone should have assumed. At this point, studios will find anything to attach to the up-and-coming Pratt.

 

It’s anyone’s guess as to the plot of the next “Jurassic” film; without giving too much away, it seems unlikely that the titular park will see a spike in attendance anytime soon. All of the films in the franchise have featured relatively self-contained narratives, and the most recent did worked largely due to its reverence for the first film.

 

We saw seeds planted regarding the potential of trained dinosaurs as weapons and continued genetic experimentation, but future films need to make sure that they do not deviate too far from the heart of the series.

 

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in "Jurassic World"

Bryce Dallas Howard (right) plays a frigid female as a foil to Chris Pratt’s (left) more relaxed character. (usmagazine.com)

A “Jurassic” sequel also needs to address some of the problems with the original. However valid the claims, some people felt that “Jurassic World” took an antiquated view towards gender, particular with regards to Bryce Dallas Howard’s character, Claire. Her cold, calculating demeanor throughout much of the movie acts as a foil to Pratt’s Owen Grady, a rugged, likeable hero who always a handle on the situation. Although Howard’s character actually does experience a strong arc through the film, many felt she merely waited for Grady to eventually come to the rescue.

 

Money talks, and with the financial success of “Jurassic World,” it was inevitable that we would see a sequel. The franchise has experienced new life after over 20 years; in the words of Ian Malcolm from “Jurassic Park,” they patented it, packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and sold it. If the next “Jurassic” film can take the series in a new direction and learn from the mistakes of the past, then it will certainly prove as one of the films to watch in 2018.

 

Are you excited about a sequel to “Jurassic World”? What do you think will be the plot of the next film? Comment below or tweet @connerws to give us your input!