As I was looking through some of my old movies the other day I was thinking about if any of them had sequels coming out as I find it more enjoyable to watch a sequel shortly after watching its predecessor. After flipping through fifty or so boring VHS’s I stumbled upon one of my all time favorites: Jurassic Park. Based on the ingenious novel by the late Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park is arguably one of the greatest movies of all time. Like many other movies done by Spielberg, Jurassic Park was an instant classic. Unfortunately, the dynasty was short lived, as Jurassic Park 2 and 3 were extinct the minute they were made. It’s truly a shame to see such an amazing series go to waste, but it would seem that money takes priority over quality film these days.
As far as sequels go, Jurassic Park 4 is officially in production and is set for a 2015 release. Although not much is revealed about the long awaited installment, the story is supposedly going to return to Isla Nublar (the setting of the first film).
There were many different directors that were rumored to take the franchise under their wing over the past decade, but now that the dust has cleared, it will officially be directed by Colin Trevorrow, who is best know for directing Safety Not Guaranteed last year. The script is still being written and edited, but it is rumored to be the most ambitious Jurassic Park yet. These guys make movies for a living and I’m sure with the park’s life on the line, they will come through and make a masterpiece. That being said, I had some completely different hopes for the next Jurassic Park movie.
As symbolic as returning to where the series began can be, I think the series needs more than a new cast retuning to the same island. Granted the movie is still in development, so I don’t mean to criticize something that doesn’t exist yet, but I think there is much more potential for the fourth movie than anyone even realizes. Throw me a bone here. What if instead of going back, the movie takes place a hundred years in the future. Technology is unbelievably advanced and humans are in the space age. What if instead of a park reaching over a few acres, they colonize the moon or Mars, terraform it to be inhabitable, and create a literal planet for the dinosaurs. A planet where they can rule again as they once did. I want to see something as epic as that. I want to see people visiting the moon and a T-Rex grabbing the spaceship out of thin air. Who wouldn’t pay thirteen dollars to see that? If Hollywood is as financially oriented as I have made them out to be, I don’t see how this is too farfetched of a concept to become a reality. With movies like Rise of the Planet of the Apes, The Avengers, and Star Trek Into Darkness, I don’t see why something similar to what I described would be off the table by any means. It’s almost as if it’s a competition of who can make the most epic movie these days; if that is the case Jurassic Park has winning potential. I mean seriously, what’s cooler than dinosaurs?
Alright, so maybe “Jurassic Moon” is a little too far out there and maybe it can be just as epic here on earth, but in this day and age with the technology at our disposal, I’m just pointing out that nothing is off the table. Whether it will be similar to the first three films, or vastly different is beyond me, but if a T-Rex does in fact clamp down on a spaceship as it attempts so flee the moon, I will feel quite compelled to say I told you so.
Stay tuned for more info!