Next year’s Jurassic World: Dominion will wrap up the entire franchise that began with Jurassic Park in 1993, says director Colin Trevorrow.
Jurassic World: Dominion will wrap up the entire franchise that began with Jurassic Park in 1993, says director Colin Trevorrow. Following Jurassic Park III in 2001, the dinosaur franchise took several years off and appeared to be at the end of its story. Then, 2015 saw the massive Jurassic World pick up the reins and bring the property into a new age. It earned a sequel in 2018, with the third and final installment scheduled for next year. Jurassic World 3 was originally planned for this year, but due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Universal bumped it back to 2022.
Though plot details are still scarce, it’s expected Jurassic World 3 will pick up on the tantalizing tease from the end of the second film, which saw dinosaurs running amuck in the real world. To combat the wild dinos, Jurassic World 3 has assembled a truly impressive cast of familiar faces. Jurassic World leads Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be back once again along with several others, though the thrilling hook is that Jurassic Park trio Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum will all return for another adventure. And they won’t be reduced to mere cameos either.
Trevorrow recently spoke to EW about the second season of Netflix’s Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous, and he provided some teases about Dominion. When it comes to how it connects to what came before, Trevorrow called the film “a celebration of the whole franchise.” He then elaborated by saying it’s the culmination of one large story, which even stretches back to the original Jurassic Park films. Trevorrow said:
"When you got to the end of the Jurassic Park trilogy, it may not have been as clear in what the complete story of those three movies was because they were a bit more episodic in the way that they were approached. But this trilogy is not that way. It's very much a serialized story. What was important for me was, when you watch Dominion, you really feel like you are learning how much of a story that first set of movies was and how everything that happened in those movies actually informs what ultimately is able to happen in this. If kids who are born today are going to be presented with six Jurassic Park movies — you hope the parents will buy them the box set — you hope they are going to get to feel like they watch one long story."
Fans were pleasantly surprised to hear Dern, Neill, and Goldblum will be back, and there have been plenty of other signs that Jurassic World 3 is going all in as a franchise ender. Things like locations and dinosaurs from past Jurassic Park installments will make encore appearances in this finale, and as Trevorrow indicated, there’s a purpose behind that. Jurassic World 3 will serve as the proper ending of the entire franchise, and it intends to honor everything that came before by featuring new connections. Fans who have watched every movie will likely be thrilled by this endeavor, provided the story proves to be a good one.
With Jurassic World 3 still well over a year away, it might be some time before fans get to see something like a trailer. Undoubtedly, the first bit of footage uniting the Jurassic Park trio with the likes of Pratt and Howard will send jolts of excitement through the fanbase. In the meantime, those who haven’t caught up on the Jurassic franchise have plenty of time to do so in order to best prepare for this epic finale. It sounds like it’ll be a more immersive experience for those who’ve watched it all.