Updated. Check out our full review of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Jurassic World was one of the biggest hits of 2015, grossing over $1.6billion worldwide and becoming the fourth highest-earning film ever.
Naturally, Universal Pictures greenlit a sequel soon after the film’s colossal success with its title being revealed as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom earlier this year. Story details are incredibly scarce so far, but fans have been quick to spot teasers from both Universal and Jurassic Park aficionados too.
With that in mind, join me for a look at the long-awaited Jurassic World sequel and see what fans, and newcomers alike, can expect. A spoiler warning is in force, so if you’d like to go into JW2 with your eyes firmly closed, don’t read on.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Director
It has been well documented that Jurassic World’s Colin Trevorrow will not be returning to the series as director, rather sticking to a producer and screenwriter capacity. In his shoes we have the very talented JA Bayona who has directed critically acclaimed films like The Impossible and A Monster Calls.
Bayona has said he would like to include some more horror into the series and return the franchise to its roots as family friendly horror. Something praised by both Trevorrow and directing legend, Steven Spielberg.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Setting
While Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has been spotted filming in the UK, it has been announced the film will not be set here. Instead, the UK has been used as a base for ‘Lockwood Manor’, owned by James Cromwell’s character Benjamin.
Most of the action is believed to be taking place on Isla Nublar as numerous characters try desperately to save the island’s prehistoric beasts from a volcanic eruption. The cinders of which can be seen on the official teaser poster released earlier this year.
The Dinosaurs of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Blue the Velociraptor will be returning as will ‘Rexy’ from Jurassic Park and Jurassic World. Outside of the two fan favourites, numerous leaked images show Stegasaurs and Triceratops being used during filming.
It is not fully known if hybrids will make an appearance in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom but I would say this was highly likely as a recent promo from Universal shows JA Bayona staring into the mouth of what looks like the Indominus Rex. A newcomer to the series is the Stygimoloch, again leaked in many images.
Due to the increased budget of this second film, a rise from $150million to $250million, it has been reported that Jurassic World 2 will feature many more animatronics than its predecessor.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Stars
Fallen Kingdom sees the return of Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady as well as Bryce Dallas Howard’s Clare Dearing. We do not know the story points that surround their characters at the moment.
Elsewhere, veteran actor James Cromwell will star as an associated of John Hammond with ‘Lockwood Manor’ seemingly playing an important role in the film’s plot. B.D. Wong’s Dr. Henry Wu is also believed to be returning.
Fan favourite Jeff Goldblum will also be reprising his role as Ian Malcolm in a role described as ‘small’ by the actor himself.
The Action of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
The majority of the story is being kept (thankfully) tightly under wraps but a helicopter sequence filmed in the rain (as in the slideshow below) seems to show an intense action scene.
There are also reports that an underwater action sequence will feature in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but it hasn’t been confirmed whether the brilliant Mosasaurus from its predecessor will return.
The Merchandise of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
LEGO and Mattel have both been announced as official partners to the brand, with Mattel replacing Hasbro from the previous film. While Hasbro produced many toys for Jurassic World, none of them were particularly well received, being criticised for lacklustre designs and quality.
Funko POP also revealed in January 2018 that they are creating a range of Jurassic Park figures to coincide with the first film’s 25th anniversary. These include Ian Malcolm, John Hammond, Alan Grant and Dennis Nedry as well as the dilophosaurus and velociraptor. There is also a Jurassic Park jeep with Laura Dern’s Ellie Sattler sat inside. It’s not known at this time whether Funko will be releasing figures for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Trailer
On December 8th 2017, the official first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released via the Universal Pictures YouTube channel. In the 150 second clip, we see Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return as well as the reintroduction of Jeff Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm. It also sees a more ‘earthy’ colour palette in comparison to Jurassic World’s often criticised clinical filter.
Some new dinosaurs were also included, including the Carnotaurus and a baby animatronic version of Blue the Velociraptor. What did you make of our first look at Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom?
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Superbowl Trailer
During the 2018 Superbowl, the second official trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was released. This 90 second snippet gave us a better look at the film’s third act, including the secretive Lockwood Manor. It’s fair to say that while it perhaps showed a little too much, this second trailer for Jurassic World 2 confirms the idea that the franchise is moving in a completely new direction. What did you make of it?
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Final Trailer
The final trailer for Fallen Kingdom was released on April 18th and whilst many accused it of revealing too much (a trait of all Jurassic films no less), it showed a side to the series we have never seen before. Apart from the brief and much-maligned climax of The Lost World in San Diego, the series has never seen dinosaurs interacting with the general populous.
Here, we see the Mosasaur terrorising a group of surfers and the extraction of dinosaurs from Isla Nublar as it erupts into life. The imagery throughout the trailer is incredibly striking, part and parcel of having J.A. Bayona as director and the latter half of the 150 second clip features his trademark style. This trailer is much better than what preceded it and promises a film that will take the Jurassic Park series to where it has never been before.
What are you looking forward to seeing in Jurassic World 2? Let me know in the comments box below.
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With thanks to Universal Pictures and Jurassic World News for the images referenced above.