Jurassic World director admits his movie probably shouldn't have existed

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Jurassic World director admits his movie probably shouldn't have existed

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In what may be an asteroid-sized blow to Jurassic World fans, director Colin Trevorrow has admitted that there probably should have only been one Jurassic Park film.

The 1993 Steven Spielberg film spawned five sequels over a span of almost three decades, with the most recent being the critically panned, but commercially successful, sixth instalment Jurassic World Dominion.

Trevorrow joined the franchise with the release of the 2015 revival film Jurassic World, starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Colin Trevorrow has shared why he thinks Jurassic Park is 'unfranchiseable'. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo.
Colin Trevorrow has shared why he thinks Jurassic Park is 'unfranchiseable'. Credit: REUTERS / Alamy Stock Photo.

At the time of the film’s release, he was mostly known for his indie films, which makes his admission about the first film being ‘inherently unfranchisable’ all the more intriguing.

In an interview with Empire to mark the end of his work on Jurassic films, he addressed the evolution of the revived film series and how his movies differ.

Jurassic World Dominion is the last film in the Jurassic World trilogy. Credit: Universal Pictures.
Jurassic World Dominion is the last film in the Jurassic World trilogy. Credit: Universal Pictures.

“For the franchise to be able to move forward – because it’s inherently unfranchisable, there probably should have only been one Jurassic Park – but if we’re gonna do it, how can I allow them to tell stories in a world in which dinosaurs exist, as opposed to, here’s another reason why we’re going to an island?”

The 2022 instalment, Jurassic World Dominion, is the third and final entry in the Jurassic World franchise to be spearheaded by Trevorrow.

Dominion was mostly panned by critics. Credit: Universal Pictures.
Dominion was mostly panned by critics. Credit: Universal Pictures.

It's not intended to be the final farewell to the world of dinosaurs, however, with plans already in place for future Jurassic films – potentially with some of the characters introduced in Dominion.

Producer Frank Marshall told Slashfilm: “I think that 'Dominion's' going to wrap up this trilogy, but we're not resting on our laurels. We're going to sit down, and we're going to see what the future is.”

Jurassic World Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar was destroyed, in a world where dinosaurs now live and hunt alongside humans all over the world. Trevorrow’s flick examines how this new dynamic will reshape the future.

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Original cast members from Jurassic Park also returned for the most intense and fearsome cinematic reunion ever, including the universally loved heartthrob Jeff Goldblum, who returned to the franchise as Dr. Ian Malcolm.

Unfortunately, Goldblum’s gifted mathematician couldn’t solve the problem that is Jurassic World Dominion’s Rotten Tomatoes score, which is now at 29 percent.

This score is the lowest of any of the films in the franchise. By comparison, the films that preceded Dominion - Fallen Kingdom (2018) and Jurassic World (2015) scored 47 percent and 71 percent respectively.

One thing’s certain, the dinosaurs will be stomping back onto our screens in due course.

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Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Jurassic Park

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