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Where can the “Jurassic World” Franchise go from Here?

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The Jurassic Park franchise made a huge comeback with Jurassic World in 2015. It was an ideal follow up to the original trilogy because it gave the perfect answer to “where can the franchise go from here?” After we were introduced to the dinosaur-cloning technology and Isla Nublar in the first film, the next two saw what would happen if people visited there (well the island next to it on John Hammond’s “Site B”) after the program was shut down and dinosaurs were left to roam. Jurassic World found the perfect way to change things up and brought us what would have happened if the park actually did open after the project was shut down for years. This made for very real commentary on commercialism, capitalism, and human nature. Plus, it presented us with dinosaurs wreaking havoc while there’s about 20,000 people on the island instead of the typical dozen.

2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the sequel to Jurassic World, began the transition from the prehistoric fun on Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna that we’ve seen for four movies to saying goodbye to the islands and bringing the dinosaurs to the rest of the world. This was touched on during the third act of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but that was one T-rex (and its baby) in a small part of San Diego for one night. Fallen Kingdom has set up a story involving at least eleven different species of dinosaurs (several of each one) running free in the United States and some being transported to various countries around the world. This movie has set up the biggest change the series has seen so far. In my opinion, this is a fantastic way of keeping the series fresh after five movies.

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom had the island destroyed by a volcano, even wiping out some species of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs will now be in our world. Various world leaders have gained possession of dinosaurs to use as weapons. Dr. Henry Wu is still out there and probably has a way of messing with dinosaur DNA. There’s also a human who was created in the dinosaur-cloning lab. This movie was a goodbye to the Jurassic franchise that we know and a welcome to something new. There are a lot of directions the series can go from here. We don’t know how many more Jurassic sequels Universal Pictures has planned, but to me, there needs to be two more movies.

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The next Jurassic World movie would obviously be focused on the new world where dinosaurs and humans are living together. This movie would show us the fear caused by the dinosaurs with some people, political leaders, and militaries trying to eliminate them and send them into a second extinction. It should also show us the other side of that issue; the people protesting the second extinction and attempting to protect these precious prehistoric animals. The themes from the past movies about whether or not humans should play god would be a primary focus. However, this time, it would be reversed. Instead of answering whether or not we should create dinosaurs, it’d be about whether we should push them back into extinction. Of course, we’d see dinosaurs hunting and eating people all around the world, so it’d be exciting to see that happen in different environments than we already have. Since we saw all those dinosaurs auctioned off at the end of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, there could be en explosive third act including those dinosaurs being used in warfare, furthering the “second extinction” debate. A cool name for this film would be Jurassic World War.

The movie I would want to see after this, which would probably be the final one in the series, would take place in a post-apocalyptic world. We may have had more than enough post-apocalypse movies with zombies or mutants or nuclear bombs going off, but there has never been one involving a dinosaur apocalypse. This final Jurassic movie would have the Earth now ruled by dinosaurs once again after they’ve killed off most of humanity and reproduced while pockets of human survivors fight for their lives. This would all be to show the outcome of humans playing god with the dinosaur DNA for the past six movies. By doing so, we’ve brought back something that nature deemed too dangerous to exist, and we are paying the price. The debate about forcing dinosaurs to go extinct again from the previous film would have the most unexpected outcome: our extinction, not theirs. Not only would we be able to see a fun, original movie about the dinosaur apocalypse, but we’d finally see what Alan Grant, Ian Malcolm, and Ellie Sattler warned us would happen back in the classic Jurassic Park in 1993. The series would finally come full circle. I could see this final film ending with using Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s idea of using the dinosaur DNA and cloning technology to clone or create other humans to rebuild our population. Perhaps this would either cause us to learn to live side by side with dinosaurs or have humanity reclaim the Earth and wipe out the dinosaurs once more. The latter would prove that the more we play god, the more harm it does. An obvious name for this one is Jurassic World: Extinction, with “Extinction” alluding to our own extinction. However, a more fun name could be something like Jurassic World: Dino-pocalypse!

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I was blown away by the latest Jurassic World movie and was left thinking about all the possibilities that were opened up by its ending scenes. These pitches are just a mix between things I want to see from the franchise and my own ideas of what could be fun or interesting. Another important thing necessary to see is what Alan Grant feels about this new world. We received Ian Malcolm’s thoughts in Fallen Kingdom, but not Alan’s, which would be important because he was the original protagonist and is the dinosaur expert. Ultimately, I think there’s a lot of potential for where the series can go from here, and I’m excited to see how it all actually plays out.

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