In news that should surprise absolutely no one, director Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) recently told Empire that Universal Pictures is eying next summer’s blockbuster Jurasssic World as the potential start to a new series of films centering on the fictional (and disaster-prone) amusement park populated by actual dinosaurs.
Trevorrow, who is hoping to direct future installments “if they’ll have me,” said:
We definitely talked about [sequels] a lot. We wanted to create something that would be a little bit less arbitrary and episodic, and something that could potentially arc into a series that would feel like a complete story.
No surprise there, given the amount of money that Universal has invested in this long-planned update of the iconic sci-fi adventure series. Trevorrow also elaborated on the themes of Jurassic World, saying:
“It’s about alpha dominance and the fact that humans have been the alpha species for a very long time, and so now we’ve brought back another that happened to be the alpha species during its time, and we have to co-exist, so what is that relationship?”
Judging by the film’s title, it won’t be a peaceful cohabitation. Trevorrow zipped up when pressed for further details, though we already know a few things about the sequel. Jurassic World will be set 22 years after the events at Isla Nublar depicted in Jurassic Park, and the film will return to that same island for much of the story.
New characters will also feature into the film, including one played by Bryce Dallas Howard (pictured above in the first official image from Jurassic World). In addition to that shot of the actress in costume, two images from set were also unveiled today, and you can check those out below.
Dallas Howard will be joined in the film by Chris Pratt, Omar Sy, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Jake Johnson and Vincent D’Onofrio. Jurassic World opens June 12th, 2015.