Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Read at your own risk!
The climax of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom claws a whole new path for the franchise.
After only existing on Isla Nublar for years, dinosaurs are now running free in the United States. Kingdom ends with a montage of dinos in various locales (Vegas! The suburbs!) as well as Owen (Chris Pratt), Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), and Maisie (Isabella Sermon) driving off into the sunset.
What does the ending mean? Where will the third film take audiences? Where the hell is nanny Iris (Geraldine Chaplin)? EW talked to executive producer and co-writer Colin Trevorrow, who is also co-writing and directing the third installment, for answers.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The dinosaurs are released into the wild at the end. What does this mean for the third film? A big bonanza of dinos running amok?
COLIN TREVORROW: Not a bonanza — that sounds chaotic. [Laughs] No, it will be focused storytelling with dinosaurs all over the world. We really wanted this technology, this genetic power, to go open-source at the end of the film. What we’re suggesting is not just that these specific animals that we care about that were in captivity were freed, but also that the ability to create these animals has gone a little bit wider than our friend Dr. Wu. The open-sourcing of any technology, like nuclear power, that’s the scary side for me.
At the end, we also see some dinos being transported in trucks. Are those the individuals who bid on the dinos at Lockwood’s estate?
Yes. There are unknown buyers from around the world taking their purchases, mostly carnivores, and heading out to do what they will.
We don’t see who has it, but it looks like someone has taken some of the DNA samples.
We’re suggesting that the purchasing extended all the way from live dinosaurs to embryos to DNA to everything.
You mentioned Dr. Wu (B.D. Wong) — is he alive?
I’ll just say I personally don’t feel like his story is finished. I think there is more to be told. He’s obviously a very important character for us. He really matters to the story we’re telling.
What about Maisie’s nanny, Iris? Is she alive? Or did she get fired and just go, “Peace!”?
[Laughs] We lost track of her in the story. I don’t want to identify clearly where she is. She’s not dead. I don’t want to identify that just yet either. But she was definitely summarily let go.
Could she return in the third film?
I’m not going to say, “I don’t know.” I’ll say, “I can’t say.”
Talk about the creation of Maisie. One of the biggest twists is the reveal that she is a clone, using the technology from Hammond and Lockwood. What made you want to explore that?
Well, we’re so much closer to cloning humans than we are to cloning dinosaurs. It felt like far less of a leap to me than dinosaurs do. Barbra Streisand recently cloned her dog. I bring that up specifically because what motivated that? She cloned her dog out of love. To have a character who has such deep love and has felt such loss and the inability to go on, I think is something we all feel. So the idea that you might be able to bring someone back in that way is emotionally grounded in a very universal idea.
Mills (Rafe Spall) tells Owen and Claire they’re the “parents” of this new age. Will the third film be them rectifying the wrongs and reversing Pandora’s box?
I don’t know if you can do that. But I do know that’s a very important scene. It very clearly identifies the narrative value of those two characters. It’s not just two people who happen to have been thrown together. The actions of those two individuals have really defined the story moving forward and the reason we’re there. Their sense of responsibility is what this movie is about. The next movie is about their redemption.
They sort of become surrogate parents to Maisie at the end. Will that continue in the next one?
I found this movie to be a family-creation myth in the way a lot of Disney movies are. The evolution of their relationship from being this sort of playful banter of the first movie to this film where it matures significantly all the way to the point at the end where they are guardians and have a responsibility for another life. In the third film, that responsibility will continue.
There are a couple of heel/boot shots in this one. Is it still crazy that “heel-gate” happened?
It was a uniquely American issue, but I listened. I think imagery and iconography and messaging all matters. The shot you’re talking about in the office the shot was actually designed to echo her introduction in the first film, and then the elevator doesn’t work. The rest of it is our director.
You told me the last time we talked that the third film is more of a “science thriller,” akin to the first Jurassic Park. Can you elaborate on that?
You think I’m going to tell you what it’s about? [Laughs] Absolutely, leaning into the science and the paleontology is something that’s very important to me. There are moments in both of these films where you have that very Jurassic Park-like scene of people debating the ethics and the morality of the science, and those all have a place. But we’re very fortunate in having a franchise that kids love that is science-based. These animals really existed. I think we’ve built enough of a popcorn empire that for the third film we can really start addressing some themes and ideas and laying out some clear facts to make sure kids recognize that science is real and dinosaurs are real and we didn’t make this stuff up.
Weaponizing dinosaurs is something that’s been discussed since the first Jurassic World. Will we see the culmination of that in the third film, like weaponized raptors?
I’m not just going to keep saying “no” to everything. To me that idea is always best realized as the pipe dream of a crazed villain. That’s where I think it lives.
Will Franklin (Justice Smith) and Zia (Daniella Pineda) return for the third?
I love those characters. So much of what we do is creating these people and seeing how the audience responds to them, and seeing if they love them as much as we do. I don’t have that presumption that everyone is going to love everything. I hope people care about Franklin and Zia — I definitely do.
Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) bookends the movie. Could he come back?
I love all the legacy characters. If anything, I almost love and respect them too much, because it’s one of the reasons I’ve been limiting their appearances in the movies to only things that feel absolutely organic and real to the story we’re telling. But my mission absolutely is to try and find ways to respect the legacy of this. I know how much those characters mean to people.
Could Ellie (Laura Dern) and those shorts return?
I don’t know if I can promise the shorts, but I would love that. I think she’s one of the best actors we have right now.
Is there one big thing that you can tease about Jurassic World 3?
I’ll just say that this has been one long story, and it has been thought through, and it has been designed. I think as people see the choices made in Fallen Kingdom, they’ll put some trust in us that we know where we’re going and we have a plan. I can definitely promise that the third movie will be an emotional movie.