December 8, 2023

The producer confirms that Dominion will not be the end of the Dinosaur saga.

All the way back in 1993, Steven Spielberg’s sublime ‘Jurassic Park’ completely reinvented the event movie once again. It was a rollercoaster ride that the world got onto and didn’t want to get off. Two more sequels followed that although were enjoyable, couldn’t hold a candle to the original film. After 2001s ‘Jurassic Park III’, we all thought the franchise had run its course. Not so. 2015 saw the release of ‘Jurassic World.’ The film started a whole new trilogy of movies with this year’s ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ ending this new set of movies. Again, we all thought that the film would be the final film in the franchise. Think again. Producer Frank Marshall has announced that the new film will end this trilogy and round out the six-film arc that started in 1993. But we can also expect more films in the franchise in the future.

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Chris Pratt In Jurassic World: Dominion, A Universal Pictures Release.

During an interview with Slash Film, Frank Marshall decided to spill the beans, saying that ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ is:

“Going to wrap up this (Jurassic World) trilogy, but we’re not resting on our laurels. We’re going to sit down, and we’re going to see what the future is. We have that wonderful series, ‘Camp Cretaceous’, on Netflix. We obviously want to make quality, good movies with great storytelling, great writers, and directors, but we’re definitely looking to do more in the ‘Jurassic’ world.”

Frank Marshall

The plot, as described by USA Today is:

“When a bunch of dinosaurs get loose around the world, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) go on a globetrotting mission to round them up before mankind falls a few spots on the food chain. Back for this ‘Jurassic’ installment are original trilogy characters including Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Ellie Satler (Laura Dern).”

Sam Neill And Laura Dern In Jurassic Park, A Universal Pictures Release.

Jeff Goldblum is also returning as Ian Malcolm. He will be joined by Omar Sy, Mamoudou Athie. Dichen Lachman, Justice Smith. Jake Johnson, Danielle Pineda, Scott Haze, and Campbell Scott. It has been said that the film is a ‘true ensemble’ with the main characters each being of equal importance to the overall story.

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Bryce Dallas Howard And Chris Pratt In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, A Universal Pictures Release.

I love the ‘Jurassic’ movies. Even the ones that I think are really inferior (I’m looking at you ‘Jurassic Park III’ and ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.’), I still sat and enjoyed. To have more movies like this brought to the screen is like heaven and reminds me of my younger days when it was normal to see monster movies at the box office. If, and I say IF this new trilogy closer can deliver the goods, then I’m all for the franchise to continue. However, I don’t wish to see a big-screen version of ‘Camp Cretaceous’. The first season of the show was good but it has declined ever since.

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Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous

I would like to see Bryce Dallas Howard get her chance behind the camera to direct a ‘Jurassic’ film though. After her amazing success with directing episodes of ‘The Mandalorian’ and ‘The Book Of Boba Fett’, she deserves her chance. That is, of course, if Frank Marshall can ‘borrow’ her from his wife, the head of Lucasfilm Kathleen Kennedy to make a film. But as they both, alongside Steven Spielberg, created Amblin Studios, that shouldn’t be a huge problem. As for continuing with the franchise, perhaps they may use this trilogy as a template and bring back Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard for special appearances in one film or another. It certainly bears thinking about.

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Bryce Dallas Howard In Jurassic World: Dominion, A Universal Picture Release.

All I will ask though is a plea to the filmmakers. You can do whatever you want to the human cast. Have them squashed, eaten, or meet their demise in some way you decide to devise. Just don’t break my heart. DON’T kill off Rexy the T-Rex or Blue the Velociraptor. These pair are why I go to see the movies. And keep John Williams’ score cues as you have done for this trilogy. Without my two favorite dinosaurs and Williams’ classic score cues, the next set of films won’t feel the same. Or be as interesting as the past six have been.

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Rexy Returns In Jurassic World, A Universal Pictures release.

‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ eats, roars and claws its way into theatres on June 10th.

Would you be happy to see more ‘Jurassic’ films? Are you a fan of the franchise? Or do you think it is time for the franchise to be made extinct? Swoop down to the comments section and leave your thoughts!

Sources: Universal Pictures/ USA Today/ Slash Film

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