– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I’ve said it time and again. We live in an era of big budget franchises. More than ever, Hollywood is trying to capitalize on any familiar brand. You wonder why they’re going so far as to reach for properties like LEGO and Angry Birds? It’s because history has shown that it’s more likely to attract audiences. I know movie fans often complain there is no creativity left in Hollywood, but at the end of the day, we really have no one but ourselves to blame.

It’s one of the main reasons last year’s Jurassic World took off like it did. The original Jurassic Park film was one that many film fans hold in their heart as one of the best movies ever made. In true Hollywood fashion, however, one film wasn’t enough, and the studio is planning for Jurassic World to be the first movie in a trilogy, leaving some to roll their eyes at the whole thing. While Jurassic World definitely left things open for a sequel, many argue that it felt forced, and that a sequel really wasn’t necessary.

Speaking with HitFix, Jurassic World director and Jurassic World 2 co-writer/producer Colin Trevorrow defended the next film in the franchise.

“This one has to make a case for itself in another way. We’re all cynical about sequels and we probably grow more cynical every year so this also has to prove that it has a reason to exist, beyond just making more money. And I believe it does. I think there’s a real story to be told here and more that’s all really sourced from [Michael] Crichton’s original ideas that can be expanded on…The thing I love the most about what he introduced is this idea that I think is so prevalent in our world today that a mistake made a long time ago just can’t be undone. When we look at even the wars that exist, the things we’re dealing with, these are all things that began long ago with choices that were made and you can’t put it back in the box. To be able to relate that to this world, the minute that they cloned a dinosaur, you can’t put that back in the box. And what could be the ultimate result of that?”

Do we really need another Jurassic World? Probably not. But there is no denying that there is a real potential for this franchise beyond simply making money. As Trevorrow stated, we are getting more and more cynical in today’s society. Let’s just hope that, when all said and done, that Jurassic World 2 does much more than just make the studio boatloads of money.

What do you think of Trevorrow’s comments? Do you believe there’s a great reason why they’re actually doing a sequel, or is it all nothing but money? Let us know your thoughts in the comments down below!


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.