Sequel was greenlit for June 2018. All aboard the hype train!
“Jurassic World” continued to put an Indominus Rex-sized footprint on the summer of 2015 and Hollywood’s record books, crossing the $1 billion mark at the international box office and leading Universal Pictures to an unprecedented $6 billion in global grosses, the studio announced Sunday.
It’s only the fourth film to ever reach this milestone, joining “Avatar” ($2.027 billion), “Titanic” ($1.528 billion) and Universal’s own “Furious 7” ($1.162 billion), which crossed $1 billion in April. With estimated grosses of $1.003 billion internationally and $647.5 million in North America, “Jurassic World” is the third-highest-grossing film of all time and the biggest film of 2015 with a worldwide total of $1.651 billion.
Those milestones are just the latest for “Jurassic World,” a sequel to Steven Spielberg‘s 1993 sci-fi classic about genetically modified dinosaurs running amok that has shattered a slew of box-office records, including domestic and international openings and fastest to $1 billion globally. It ranks as the third highest-grossing movie ever, behind only James Cameron‘s “Avatar” and “Titanic.”
“Jurassic World” has driven Universal to the highest-grossing year in the studio’s 103-year history and the best ever by any studio. Notably, it needed just seven months to shatter the record of $5.52 billion in worldwide grosses set by rival 20th Century Fox in December of 2014.
It is one of the three Universal movies to top $1 billion in global grosses this year, with “Furious 7” achieving the feat and Illumination Entertainment’s “The Minions’ getting there in August. Nearly every film the studio has released has worked, including “Fifty Shades of Gray,” “Pitch Perfect 2” and “Straight Outta Compton.”
“Jurassic World,” which was directed by Colin Trevorrow, starred Chris Pratt and Dallas Bryce Howard and was produced by Frank Marshall, Patrick Crowley and Spielberg and had a $150 million production budget.
Universal has set a sequel for June of 2018. Pratt, Howard and most of the cast will return, but no director has been set. Colin Trevorrow, directed and co-wrote “Jurassic World” with Derek Connolly, and they’ll script the sequel, too.
It was no surprise when Universal Studios set a release date for an upcoming Jurassic World sequel earlier this summer, especially considering the film had just crossed the $1.5 billion mark at the global box office. Speaking on the Jurassic Cast, director Colin Trevorrow spoke about coming up with this new trilogy of films with co-writer Derek Connolly on a road trip the pair took and how specific quotes from the original Jurassic Park informed their approach to each film.
“Honestly, the trilogy is articulated in Jurassic Park, it’s all in there… Jurassic World is all based on Ian Malcolm’s quote, ‘You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you wanna sell it.’ That to me is Jurassic World, that’s why I had all the product placement, that’s what it was. The second one, Jurassic World 2, and as we were driving we tried to find, what is the foundation? ‘Dinosaurs and man, separated by 65 million years of evolution have been thrown back into the mix together. How can we know what to expect?’ That’s why it’s exciting that the movie did well, that leaves us a lot of room to run, and it was part of this design, it had a beginning, middle, and end when we wrote the first movie. Now that the movie did well, we get to play that out.”
Trevorrow went on to talk about the larger themes of the films and how the success of “World” will allow them to do things a little differently.
“It will get to be a different kind of film. The audience has given us permission to a certain extent to take this to the next level, and I don’t necessarily mean in scale, I feel very strongly that it’s not about more dinosaurs or bigger and better dinosaurs, it’s about using this as a starting point for a much larger story about our relationship with these animals and about animals in general and the dynamic created by bringing them back to life.”
The director also got more specific about the film and the arc of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s characters.
“Jurassic World was very much made with the fans in mind, and I’m not going to forget it, but now we’ve seen a lot of ‘dinosaurs chasing people around on an island’ movies. I think you guys and also the general audience is going to be down to explore where else we can go. We know Owen is going to be in it and Claire will be in it and neither will be in the same place that we left them in this movie, Even though Claire is the one who evolves the most over the trilogy, it’s her story that mirrors this changing world, Owen has s**t to deal with. The two of them opened Pandora’s Box in Jurassic World and each of them are responsible for different elements of it in different ways, and I think the way that these characters are connected to the circumstances of what’s happening it’s different than the previous films. It’s not ‘Let’s manufacture a way to get them somewhere,’ they’re embedded into it now in a way that as story tellers makes it much easier for us to keep them involved and doesn’t feel as contrived.”
Trevorrow won’t be returning to direct the Jurassic World sequel, instead he’ll be traveling to a galaxy far, far away for Star Wars: Episode IX, and though he didn’t get specific about the sequel, he expressed his excitement about getting to work in that sandbox.
“I obviously can’t talk too much about Star Wars, but the idea of that ‘Universe,’ that word gets thrown around a lot as far as movies are concerned and what people are building, that one’s an actual universe. I think that the size and scope of that… Every kind of story we can think of can be told in the Star Wars universe, because it is endless and boundless.”
The unbridled success of Universal’s Jurassic World, which is currently the third top-grossing movie of all time, pretty much guaranteed that we’d be seeing a lot more dinosaur action in the coming years. And now director Colin Trevorrow and producer Steven Spielberg have made it clear that the rumblings of the movie being the first of a trilogy have been confirmed by Universal chairman Donna Langley.
Langley talks with THR about more films, explaining, “There’s no reason why we should [have trouble]. [Director] Colin Trevorrow is busy working on an outline. He’s been working with Steven [Spielberg]. And they have an idea for the next two movies actually. It was designed as a trilogy, unbeknown to us. It’s a happy surprise.”
In an interview with E! News, Bryce Dallas Howard spoke about her Jurassic World character Claire, who will be back for the sequel.
She said: “Claire is a different person now. The person she is at the end of the movie is not the person she was in the beginning. Her armor of sorts was that white, pristine outfit with heels in a very corporate environment and stuff, and the chick at the end… totally different. So yeah… it better not be heels.”
The film will be written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, but a director has not yet been found.
When Colin Trevorrow was hired to direct Jurassic World, his biggest movie to date was a low-budget comedy about a guy trying to convince people he's a time traveler. It had no big set pieces. It had no crazy special effects in it. Basically, there's nothing in Safety Not Guaranteed that would naturally make you think, "Yes, this guy should make a movie with a huge budget, big set pieces and crazy special effects!" Obviously the decision to hire Trevorrow worked out for everyone involved - Jurassic World is one of the biggest movies ever - but it was certainly an odd hire at the time.
That's not the case with Jurassic World 2. Producer Frank Marshall has now officially confirmed that J.A. Bayona will be directing the sequel, and it's incredibly exciting news.
Bayona may not be a household name outside of film circles, but he's a remarkable director. His 2007 film The Orphanage is one of the scariest horror movies of the last decade. It's weird and inventive and has some really memorable sequences even on a pretty confined scale (that night-vision bit milks incredible tension). And while it wasn't the big hit it should have been, The Impossible has one of the absolute best special effects-driven scenes ever put together. The tsunami in that movie is a masterful piece that's awe inspiring and horrifying-- two words that certainly go hand in hand with Jurassic Park.
Very excited to see what JA Bayona does with the sequel. He has great tone with his films and I fully expect this to be a darker sequel like The Lost World. He will definitely bring in some good drama and characterization for sure.‘Jurassic World 2’ Finds Director in J.A. Bayona
Certainly will be interesting. I just hope they don't take it off the island though.Very excited to see what JA Bayona does with the sequel. He has great tone with his films and I fully expect this to be a darker sequel like The Lost World. He will definitely bring in some good drama and characterization for sure.
Oh I think it's guaranteed that it's going off island. We already know it's going to be open sourced dinos with many companies working on them, so that confirms that we won't be stuck to an island. Honestly, how many stories can be stuck to one of two islands that we've seen? Now, I don't think we are talking city destruction, but mainland is bound to happen.Certainly will be interesting. I just hope they don't take it off the island though.