At the end of Jurassic World, there was no doubt that the film was setting itself up for a sequel. The only question was, with four installments that centered on dinosaurs, amusement parks, and tropical islands, where could the franchise go next? According to director Colin Trevorrow, the answer lies in looking beyond the borders of Isla Nublar.
“I feel like the idea that this isn’t always going to be limited to theme parks, and there are applications for this science that reach far beyond entertainment,” Trevorrow told Wired. “And when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponize it and later on we found it could be used for energy.” Or, as Trevorrow asked, “what if this went open-source?”
Trevorrow’s comments echo what he already told EW about his sequel ideas. “I felt by introducing a couple key ideas and some of them are introduced by Dr. Wu, played by B.D. Wong, and even the simple idea that these people at Jurassic World won’t always be the only people that can clone a dinosaur. We never imagined what happens when this technology goes open source,” he said. “I think the minute that you add an idea like that into something like this it can open up the minds of every young person who loved these movies. I think there’s a lot of room to grow.”
Trevoorow has stated he has no plans to direct a sequel to Jurassic World — though he intends to stay involved in some capacity. The blockbuster has already grossed $631.5 million; its sequel is scheduled to hit theaters on June 22, 2018.