After $1.6 billion in box office takings, a sequel to this summer's mega-smash Jurassic World was always going to be a sure thing. Fans of Rexy, raptor Blue and her crew are in luck because the wheels are in motion for a follow-up.
Details might be scant at the moments, but consider this article (which we'll update as new info drops) your one-stop shop for cast, plot rumours and potential spoilers on Jurassic World 2...
Jurassic World 2 first look: who's that girl?
Our first official look at Jurassic World 2 appeared via the instagram account and reveals a new character and some old bones.
We spy a Triceratops and possibly a few raptors but where are the bones of the Indominus Rex? The first genetically-engineered dinosaur species seems to be missing.
In terms of the young girl, recent leaked casting calls seemingly revealed that a 9-year-old girl named Lucy will be one of the central characters - no news yet on who the actress is.
Jurassic World 2 plot: Dinosaurs get weaponised
With Jurassic World seeing John Hammond's dream of a dinosaur theme park in tatters (again), it's difficult to figure out where things will head next. Our prediction: the sequel will be Jurassic War.
Vincent D'Onofrio's character Vic Hoskins pushed hard to turn raptors into weapons for war, and going by what Colin Trevorrow has to say, it looks like this thread is something that'll be explored in the follow-up.
"[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island. That'll get old real fast," he explained.
However, even if it does mean war, it's definitely not going to be a game of Dinosaur Top Trumps. According to Trevorrow, new director J.A Bayona will bring a different flavour.
"I don't think that bigger, better dinosaurs or bigger, more epic-in-scope action sequences are what people are necessarily looking for from this franchise and what they love about it." Trevorrow told Jurassic Outpost.
"It will be more suspenseful and scary. It's just the way it's designed; it's the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skill set."
It might be a parable about animal rights too.
"Both Jack [Horner – palaeontology consultant] and me, we are concerned about man's relationship with animals," Bayona told Jurassic Outpost.
"Dinosaurs are a parable of the treatment of today's animals: abuse, experiments in medicine, pets, [you] have wild animals in zoos like prisons, military use has been made of them, animals and weapons."
And one of our favourite dinosaurs from the original Jurassic Park is returning. Fans have spotted a Dilophosaurus on set of Jurassic World 2 - in case you've forgotten he was the curious chap who played a game of hide and seek with Dennis Nedry before revealing his frill, squirting noxious goo in his face and then eating him. Yum!
Universal Pictures chief Donna Langley has also revealed that fans can expect at least two more Jurassic movies. "Colin Trevorrow is busy working on an outline," she said.
"He's been working with Steven [Spielberg]. And they have an idea for the next two movies actually. It was designed as a trilogy, unbeknown to us. It's a happy surprise."
Bayona is also viewing it as Jurassic Park 5, which presumably means he's acknowledging 2 and 3 as well...
Jurassic World 2 cast: The stars come out again
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be back reprising their roles as dino trainer Owen Grady and former park chief Claire Dearing (who won't be running in heels this time).
Having cemented himself as squad alpha by the close of Jurassic World, we're expecting Owen's raptors to be involved in some form. Let's just say there better be Blue!
Director Juan Antonio Bayona announced on Twitter that Geraldine Chapman would be joining the cast too - she's appeared in all three of his previous movies The Orphanage, The Impossible and A Monster Calls.
Sadly, although he's definitely up for it, it doesn't look like there are any plans to get Jeff Goldblum back. Make it happen, guys!
And it looks like Jake Johnson won't be back as wisecracking park employee Lowery Cruthers either. Sad times.
Jurassic World 2 director: Colin Trevorrow is back (sort of)
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is now hot property following the runaway success of the film. But as he's onboard to direct Star Wars Episode 9, it's The Impossible's JA Bayona who'll be stepping into his directorial shoes.
"We're moving it into new territory," Trevorrow told The Playlist. "JA Bayona is an incredible director and I know he'll push the boundaries of what a 'Jurassic' movie is. I think it's important that we take risks. A franchise must evolve or perish."
Bayona was apparently considered for the first Jurassic World, but declined
Trevorrow and his Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly will be cooking up the story again. Steven Spielberg will also be serving as a guiding hand behind the scenes as executive producer.
"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. And when you look back at nuclear power and how that started, the first instinct was to weaponise it and later on we found it could be used for energy."
Trevorrow added that dino tech will be going "open source". "It's almost like InGen is Mac, but what if PC gets their hands on it? What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?"
As with all highly publicised sequels of late, then came the comparisons with Star Wars Episode V.
"It will be darker and scarier than the previous film," Bayona told Scified. "Obviously when you have Chris Pratt it will also be very funny. But it will be darker. It is a second step in a trilogy, and the second step is always dark as in The Empire Strikes Back or The Wrath of Khan which are the examples you always get."
Jurassic World 2 budget: it's gonna be big
JA Bayona really that he'll have an even bigger toy box to play with on the new movie. While Jurassic World was made for $150mm the sequel will apparently command a budget of $260MM. Oof. That's quite the investment.
We can't say we're surprised however - the first film took $1.67 billion world wide, making it the fourth most profitable movie of all time. What that extra $110mm will afford Bayona we can only imagine.
Jurassic World 2 release date: It's got some serious Marvel competition in 2018
The park will officially be open for business again on June 22, 2018, slotting into the mid-summer US release date that powered Jurassic World to box office success.
Right now there's no direct rival for Jurassic World 2, but close by there'll be competition for eyeballs from Godzilla 2 (June 8) and Marvel's Black Panther (July 6).
UK fans you're in for an early raptor-based treat - Jurassic World will hit cinemas in in Blighty on June 7, a whole two weeks before its US debut.
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