It wasn't exactly headlining news this week, but some new details were released about the new Jurassic World movie, including the official name (simply referred to as "Jurassic World 2" heretofore). Today, I'll be discussing some of the speculation going on about these new details.
New teaser poster leaves more questions than answers...
(photo cred: Entertainment Weekly)
The official Jurassic World Twitter account tweeted this teaser poster on June 22. As you can see, details are scant here, and we are left with a vague tagline for the movie: "Life finds a way." If your memory is a little rusty, this is a reference to Ian Malcolm's famous line from the original Jurassic Park movie, in which he speculates that the female dinos living in the park could produce offspring even with the absence of males. This quote was undoubtedly included in part as a reminder that Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) will be returning for the Jurassic World sequel after being absent for Jurassic Park III and the first Jurassic World movie.
But, this tagline also raises the question: what is it really referring to? We know that the dinos seemed to be doing fairly well for themselves after Jurassic World was abandoned, so what "life" is it talking about, and what "way" does it need to find? Set photos also released this week sparked some tantalizing speculation seeking to answer this very question.
Those set photos though
(photo cred: Nerdist)
This photo in particular set fans abuzz as it caused Nerdist to wonder whether this Jurassic Park Jeep (featured in the first movie as an attraction which became the catalyst for Jurassic Park's demise) hinted at the possibility of Fallen Kingdom returning to the original park. Remember how Zach and Gray encounter the ruins of Jurassic Park whilst fleeing the Indominus rex? That's because Jurassic Park and World are both located on Isla Nublar--and clearly not very far from one another. Nerdist's speculation seemed to be confirmed by a tweet from the director of the new film, JA Bayona:
Nerdist proposes that it's possible that there could be some residents of Jurassic Park that were never relocated or removed. This, perhaps, is the answer to the riddle of the "Life finds a way" tagline: did some dinosaurs survive the destruction of Jurassic Park and the aggression of the T. rex? Presumably some did, but we never really catch any glimpses of "wild" dinosaur life in the first Jurassic World--maybe on purpose.
A second set photo may provide an alternative view. It depicts a small girl staring at a collection of fossils:
Perhaps it wasn't the T. rex that the dinos had to be worried about: it could have been a man. Who this collection belongs to or why he has it remains unclear (perhaps the new character Benjamin Lockwood, who was a key part of the development of Jurassic Park), but it can be reasonably assumed that these very complete skeletons belonged to dinos from the park itself. I'm getting the feeling that this Lockwood character may get back into the story for sinister motives, but it's all just theory at this point.
Regardless of these new photos, many questions remain. Why would they return to Jurassic Park, especially Dr. Malcolm? The Jeep pictured in the set photo has "04" emblazoned on its side--making it the very same Jeep in which the children Tim and Lex were nearly killed by a hungry T. rex in the original film. In the set photo, it seems to have been repaired, but why? We'll have to wait and find out when Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom releases on June 22, 2018.
Comment below: do you have any theories on what these photos or the poster could mean?
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