In 1993, Jurassic Park opened its gates for the first time, bringing chaos, calamity, and romping good entertainment! The movie – directed by Steven Spielberg – told the story of a theme park filled with dinosaurs, that get loose from their confinement and terrorise staff and guests.
Upon release, Jurassic Park was a monster hit at the box office, and as such it spawned a collection of sequels, beginning with The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997, and continuing with Jurassic Park III in 2001. These additional films continued the story from the first movie, and featured the return of key characters such as Dr. Alan Grant, Dr. Ian Malcolm, and Dr. Ellie Sattler.
Following the release of Jurassic Park III, the Jurassic movie series was put on hiatus. There were various talks about creating a fourth entry in the saga, but for a while nothing came of it.
But in 2015, the Jurassic movie series was given a restart, with the release of a new entry: Jurassic World. The movie – directed by Colin Trevorrow – told the story of another theme park (this time fully operational), that once again experiences chaos when the dinosaurs get loose.
Jurassic World acted as both a sequel to the Jurassic Park movies, as well as a reboot to the series. It became a jumping on point for new audiences, and offered up plenty of action and spectacle for cinema-goers.
As with its predecessors, Jurassic World proved very popular and became another box office smash. In turn it spawned a sequel in 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and in 2022 it will be accompanied by yet another new movie: Jurassic World: Dominion.
Jurassic World: Dominion will be the third entry in the Jurassic World collection, but overall, it will be the sixth entry in the Jurassic movie series. But will it tie up any loose ends? In short: Will Jurassic World 3 be the end of the story?
According to Jurassic World: Dominion director, Colin Trevorrow, Jurassic World 3 will connect together all of the previous movies in the series, so that when audiences finish watching the movie, they will feel like they have reached the end of a sprawling story. The director refers to Jurassic World: Dominion as “a celebration of the whole franchise.”
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, back in January 2021, Trevorrow said: “To me, (Dominion) is a culmination of one story that’s been told.”
He added: “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.”
To ensure that Jurassic World: Dominion feels very much like the culmination of the series, legacy actors Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern will all return to the franchise, reprising their characters of doctors Grant, Malcolm, and Sattler respectively. They will join Jurassic World regulars, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, along with B. D. Wong, Isabella Sermon, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, and Omar Sy.
But even with this extended cast, is Jurassic World: Dominion REALLY the final movie? Surely there is room for more entries in the series?
Well, when it comes to Hollywood, never say never (just ask Bond, Batman, or Spider-Man etc). If Jurassic World: Dominion makes big money at the worldwide box office – something it is predicted to do – then it is unlikely Universal Pictures will make this franchise extinct.
However, for now, Jurassic World: Dominion is being viewed as the end point in the series. It has been designed to unite old and new characters, tie-up dangling plot threads, and create a conclusion to everything that has come before.
Will the franchise return in the future? Most likely. But for now, let’s just be thankful that we have reached this point, as getting this final film completed has been a bumpy journey.
For those that are unaware, Jurassic World: Dominion began shooting in February 2020 and was originally due to be released in 2021. However, the movie’s release date was pushed back a whole year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And the pandemic not only caused a delay to the release of the movie, it also caused significant challenges during filming, with the production having to shut down entirely when COVID-19 spread across the world. According to the New York Times, when production resumed some months later, Universal Pictures had to issue cast and crew members with a 107-page safety manual to ensure the movie could continue shooting, while still adhering to strict safety protocols.
The safety measures included the implementation of temperature scanners, the introduction of regular testing (three times a week), as well the use of vacuum-sealed meals during break times. The production team was also divided into two groups, to ensure that no one was on set that didn’t need to be there, and between takes the actors were required to socially distance themselves from each other.
The measures worked and while it may have meant a lot more time and effort going on behind the scenes, the protocols helped to keep production running during the global health crisis. The safety measures also allowed the cast and crew to step away from the craziness of the world for a short while, by temporarily jumping into the fantasy realm of the Jurassic series.
Speaking about the success of the measures, back in August 2020, Colin Trevorrow, said: “We are able for this little moment to be in the world that we’re creating and leave the rest of the world behind.”
Jurassic World: Dominion is scheduled to arrive in cinemas in June 2022 and is a hotly anticipated movie. I believe I speak for many Jurassic Park/World fans when I say the release can’t come quickly enough.
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