During a recent press junket for The Lego Movie 2, Chris Pratt has teased that Jurassic World 3 will "deliver on the promise of the end of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom."
“I can’t say anything, but I can tell you when I heard the pitch, I was blown away. I can’t believe that we’re going to make that movie, and I can’t believe they found a way to deliver on the promise of the end of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Like, ‘Wait what? The island has blown up. The animals are out, we can’t put them back in the box. What are we going to do? How are not only these dinosaurs but this technology moving forward going to affect the planet?’ We jump forward, and it’s like, ‘Oh! Oh, right! Oh, damn!’…it’s going to be pretty epic.”
Now, I don't mind sharing with you fine people my annoyance at Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom after the credits rolled. I won't get into the things about the movie that didn't work, but I was retroactively annoyed by the marketing campaign that had slightly missold the movie. Sure, I knew I was going to see dinosaurs gone wild sequel and that's what I got, but it contained a lot less Goldblum goodness than the promos suggested.
The first trailer for the Fallen Kingdom was anchored by some stern words of caution from Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum). Add to that some thrilling shots of dinosaurs lose in the world, and that was enough for me to get excited for a sequel I wasn't hugely anticipating. Goldblum has five minutes of screentime, if you've seen the trailer, then you've seen the bulk of his scenes. That awesome shot of a Mosasaurus readying to feast on beachgoers, it's at the end of the movie, and it's as long as it was in the trailer! Universal teased the next sequel in the first sequel, or rather the fourth sequel counting the original trilogy.
Working within the restrictions of a tentpole movie, director J.A. Bayona did an admirable job with the Fallen Kingdom to inject some much-needed terror back into the franchise. That said, the plot followed the tried and tested path all the Jurassic sequels have gone down, but it did add human cloning into the mix in the closing minutes which is something new.
Having sat out of Fallen Kingdom to end up not directing Star Wars Episode IX, Colin Trevorrow returns to direct and co-write (alongside Emily Carmichael & Derek Connolly) the concluding chapter of the new trilogy. Jurassic World 3 is currently slated for release June 21, 2021. Fingers crossed Jeff Goldblum will be back in a more meaningful capacity.