After enjoying one of the most successful opening weekends in movie history, "Jurassic World" has declared loudly and proudly that dinosaurs still rule the Earth.
What happens next? That's the big question. The specifics aren't clear yet, and probably won't be for a good little while, but the next step is inevitable: "Jurassic Worlds." Or "Jura$$ic World$." Whatever you want to call it, we're looking at a whole lot of dino damage in the near future.
Here's what we know (and hope) about the "Jurassic World" sequel:
You don't need an announcement from Universal to know this to be true. You only need to look at the numbers. In one weekend alone, "Jurassic World" earned $204.6 million domestically, with a worldwide total of $511.8 million. That's what we in the biz refer to as "dino dinero" (ed note: not really a technical term) and you better believe there's more money to come. So, expect official word on a sequel any minute now, but you don't have to wait for it.
It's probably happening with Pratt.
Owen Grady survives the Isla Nublar incident with his pretty face intact, if not with his pack of raptor pals still in tow. Can we expect to see him in whatever comes next? Totally possible. Chris Pratt is signed for sequels ("I think 38 movies or something," he tells Entertainment Weekly), so if the powers that be want him, they have him. Considering that Pratt is the face at the forefront of two of the biggest movies of the last two calendar years, it feels safe to assume that he's wanted.
It's probably happening without Trevorrow.
He's the man who jumped from a little indie called "Safety Not Guaranteed" to a massive blockbuster like "Jurassic World," but he won't be the man to continue operating the park. Colin Trevorrow has confirmed that he won't direct the next "Jurassic" movie, even if he's happy to "be involved in some way" moving forward. Directors, start prepping those pitches.
It's probably happening with dinosaurs.
Definitely at least A dinosaur. Maybe even two. Maybe even three! There might even be military dinosaurs. Who knows! Definitely some dinosaurs, though.
It's probably not happening at the park.
Given the rampage at the heart of "Jurassic World," it's hard imagining John Hammond's dream realized in full-fledged theme park mode once again. Whatever story the sequel leans on, chances are good that it won't involve Jurassic World itself — not as an operational, fully-functioning attraction, at least. Come to think of it, returning to the ruined husk of Jurassic World isn't such a bad idea.
It should probably happen with some familiar faces.
We love you, Henry Wu, but we need more blasts from the past. Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum are all actively working, and are all iconically "Jurassic Park." Expand the "World" by bringing key players from the past back into the fold. If you don't want to get the Luke, Leia and Han of the franchise back in the mix, then cherry-pick some of the other greats, like Joe Mazzello as Tim; he's grown up to be a pretty fantastic actor. Heck, bring the Raptor Kid into the picture and clear up this Owen Grady fan theory once and for all. Maybe stop short of bringing in Samuel L. Jackson as a robot-armed Arnold… then again, maybe not? Speaking of Arnold…
You should hold onto your butts.
We're about to enter an all-new "Jurassic" era, and it's going to kick ass.