Though it won’t be released until 2021, Jurassic World 3 and its filmmakers want to make sure you haven’t forgotten about the franchise.
That, sadly, includes the completely bonkers finale of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, in which Chris Pratt & Co.’s characters decided to release dinosaurs out of captivity from the modern world’s wealthy elite.
That film, directed by J.A. Bayona, didn’t displease fans for its decision to stay true to the franchise’s title. A prominent moment in the film has Jeff Goldblum’s character tell us: “Welcome to Jurassic World”. It’s the journey through which we were made to go that didn’t sit well.
Personally, I liked Bayona’s approach; it felt like it corrected Colin Treverrow’s 2015 reboot and its dogged emulation of Steven Spielberg’s original, Jurassic Park.
Now on yet another course-correction, the franchise re-enlists Trevorrow as director for the third film, which is due for release in 2021. To keep all of us looped in, they have dropped an eight-minute short, titled “Battle at Big Rock”.
The short film stars Andre Holland and Natali Martinez as a young couple camping with their three kids inside an RV. Following the events of 2017’s Fallen Kingdom, dinos are now out and about, and sure enough, they spot a family of Triceratops rummaging their bonfire. Then, as is customary in any Jurassic Park or Jurassic World story, a big scary carnivorous dinosaur walks in. It is an Allosaurus, and it is keen on eating the Tricera-fam for dinner.
The entire thing, to be honest, looks promising. The tone sits smack in the middle of the Amblin-esque wonder of its predecessors and the pure monster horrors that Bayona’s sequel introduced two years ago. Of course, there are still the heavy-handed metaphors (look at the triceratops, they’re just like us!) and obnoxious throwaway lines (“That’s okay, kids. This is just nature sometimes.”), but we’ll let it slide.
But what does this mean for Jurassic World 3? Do these characters hold any significance to the main plot?
Looking at the box office numbers for Fallen Kingdom, it would be foolish to shift to a whole new set of characters, with Chris Pratt’s star power obviously fueling the fire in Jurassic fans’ hearts.
The thing about “Battle at Big Rock” is that it’s far contained and removed from the past movies. Don’t be surprised to see any of the characters introduced here pop up in the third film, maybe as some of the survivors Owen (Pratt) has to shepherd through.
The idea of a world in which humans and ginormous reptiles co-exist isn’t a bad one, and I’m curious to see where Trevorrow and his team take this.
Watch Trevorrow’s short film, “Battle at Big Rock”, below: