Jurassic World Dominion director Colin Trevorrow hints at more films in the franchise. In an interview with Empire , the filmmaker confirmed that he intentionally planted seeds for future directors to explore. “I specifically did something different than the other films to change the DNA of the franchise,” he explained – hoping to introduce new characters and tone to future films in the dino-verse. Trevorrow was involved in all three Jurassic World films, and served as an executive producer on 2018’s Fallen Kingdom.
Speaking to Empire, Trevorrow said that while the last five films – including Steven Spielberg’s original trilogy – were based on the dinosaurs, with Jurassic World Dominion he created a world where humans and the prehistoric reptiles coexisted together. According to him, this was the only way for the franchise to move forward, “because it’s inherently unfranchise-worthy, there probably should have been only one Jurassic Park.” This seemed like a better plot device than creating scenarios where the main characters are forced onto Isla Nublar, the dinosaur island.
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While Dominion saw the inclusion of the original Jurassic Park stars – Laura Dern, Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum – it also introduced fresh faces, including DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie and Dichen Lachman (Altered Carbon). Trevorrow hints that their characters could be developed into future stories in the franchise, thanks to the additional 14 minutes present in the extended version – released last month on digital, Blu-Ray and 4K UHD. “There’s more to come,” he said. In India, however, Apple TV, YouTube Movies and BMS Stream only list the theatrical version – running for 2 hours and 27 minutes.
“I never knew this was the end of the franchise until I saw the marketing,” Trevorrow added. “Those guys are brilliant at what they do, but to me I think it might have been clearer if they had said, ‘The end of an era’, as opposed to the whole thing. Because regardless of the cynical approach – of course they will want to make more money, which is what Jurassic World was all about – a new dinosaur fan is born every day.”
While Jurassic World Dominion was not well received by critics, it went on to become a global box office success, crossing the $1 billion (approx. Rs. 8,157 crore) mark last week. It is the second film on 2022’s top-grossing film list, falling behind Tom Cruise-led actioner Top Gun: Maverick, which stands at $1.47 billion (approx. Rs. 11,991 crore). Based on their box office performance, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Universal Pictures continue the dino saga that builds on Trevorrow’s foundation.