Jurassic World became the fourth biggest-grossing Hollywood blockbuster of all time when it reached our cinema screens in 2015 and its sequel is inching ever closer to a release at the box office. The first official trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was unveiled in December, with the film set for release on 7th June in the UK and Australia and 22nd June in the United States. Jurassic World has become a series in its own right with Fallen Kingdom and it is doing its best to maintain the core of what made the original such a success in 1993.
The challenge for the franchise’s new director, Juan Antonio Bayona, is to find the right balance between what fans of the franchise are expecting and what fans will be surprised about. Bayona himself has admitted he is a director who enjoys creating intensity and heightened drama and Fallen Kingdom draws similarities with the 1993 original. The island is in the midst of being destroyed, just like the original sees the controlled habitat of the dinosaurs devastated forever, forcing the park’s mastermind John Hammond – played by Richard Attenborough – to evacuate the island.
Many Jurassic Park fanatics believe Fallen Kingdom is also an opportunity to right the wrongs of The Lost World: Jurassic Park; the sequel to the 1993 original. There are certainly a number of similarities between the plotline of Fallen Kingdom and The Lost World as this article on Nerdist demonstrates. Both plots feature rescue missions designed to save the dinosaurs. Fallen Kingdom also focuses on the rescue team’s efforts to try and thwart a rival team from poaching dinosaurs from the forsaken island which was also a large chunk of the storyline in The Lost World.
Regardless of the strength of the storyline and its links to the original, Jurassic World is deeply rooted within popular culture. The franchise and dinosaurs, in general, feature heavily in other movie titles such as Toy Story 2 where Rex is made to look like a Tyrannosaurus rex when chasing the car and in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers where Adam welcomes the rangers to Jurassic Park when encountering a graveyard full of dinosaur skeletons. The franchise still features heavily in gaming titles including state-of-the-art 3D video slots incorporating crisp visuals and audio from the original and new franchise; the latter of which is available on smartphone and tablet devices.