Following the nostalgic yet formulaic Jurassic World prized more than $1.6 billion from audiences all over the world, a sequel was always going to happen. Sadly, that sequel, Fallen Kingdom, wasn’t even Jurassic Park 3 levels of phoned in, at least JP3 had the decency to be barely 90s minutes. However, Fallen Kingdom offered an exciting tease for the future in its closing act (and trailer), dinosaurs unleashed on the world.
We’ll ignore how pointless Jeff Goldblum’s cameo was (at least put him in a different suit!), the only purpose it served was to give the trailer some weight. If you’ve seen the trailers, you’ve seen 80% of Goldblum’s much-publicised return to the franchise. Hopefully, the rumours that Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum will have supporting roles in Jurassic World 3 turn out to be true.
Colin Trevorrow is returning to direct Jurassic World 3, which if you’d asked me a couple of days ago if I was excited about it, all I would be able to do is shrug my shoulders. However, Colin Trevorrow has made an eight-minutes short set in the Jurassic World universe that might just save the franchise. The Battle at Big Rock serves as a continuation of Fallen Kingdom with numerous species living out in the wild, and a young family have a close encounter of the Jurassic kind.
André Holland (Moonlight), Natalie Martinez (End of Watch), Melody Hurd, and Pierson Salvador star as said family, and you can watch the whole eight-minute film here.
Speaking about the as-yet-untitled sequel, Trevorrow promised we wouldn’t see dinosaurs lay waste to big cities, which is often the default setting for these types of movies.
“I just have no idea what would motivate dinosaurs to terrorize a city. They can’t organize. Right now we’ve got lethal predators in wild areas surrounding cities all over the world. They don’t go pack hunting for humans in urban areas. The world I get excited about is the one where it’s possible that a dinosaur might run out in front of your car on a foggy backroad, or invade your campground looking for food. A world where dinosaur interaction is unlikely but possible—the same way we watch out for bears or sharks. We hunt animals, we traffic them, we herd them, we breed them, we invade their territory and pay the price, but we don’t go to war with them. If that was the case, we’d have lost that war a long time ago.”
Jurassic World 3 will be released summer 2021, here’s hoping a few more short films can escape in the run-up to release.