Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom writer Colin Trevorrow is already looking to the franchise's future. According to Trevorrow, who also produced the film, Fallen Kingdom won't end on a cliffhanger but it will set up a third Jurassic World film.
"At the end of this movie, it’s not a cliffhanger, but it’s designed for people to want to know what’s going to happen next, whereas the earlier Jurassic Park movies had pretty clear definitive endings. They were much more episodic," he explained in an interview with Sebas Tabany. "In working with Derek Connolly, my co-writer, we were also thinking about where it was gonna go in the future."
“I remember telling Steven [Spielberg] even while we were making the first movie, 'This is the beginning. Here is the middle. And here’s the end of the end.' This is where we want to go," he recalled. "I feel like that kind of design is crucial to a franchise like this if you really want to bring people along with you and make sure they stay interested. It needs to be thought through on that level. It can’t be arbitrary, especially if we want to turn this into a character-based franchise with people who you lean in to follow what they’re going to do.”
Should Jurassic World spawn a third film, it would be the sixth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise. The series kicked off with Jurassic Park in 1993, with The Lost World: Jurassic Park hitting theaters in 1997 and Jurassic Park III arriving in 2001. In 2015, the franchise found new life with Jurassic World, which became the fourth highest-grossing film in the world behind Avatar, Titanic and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fallen Kingdom is due out this June.
According to film's star Bryce Howard, Fallen Kingdom will find Jurassic World's protagonists racing time to save the dinosaurs from a volcano on Isla Nublar. "Claire’s founded an organization, Dinosaur Protection Group, and they’re finding a way to get these dinosaurs off the island,” she explained in an earlier interview. “She reaches out to Owen Grady to let him know this is happening… When you see them at the beginning of this story, you get caught up as to what’s going on… but it’s not what you would necessarily expect." However, where the film goes from there is anyone's guess.
Directed by J.A. Bayona from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, B.D. Wong, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, James Cromwell and Jeff Goldblum. The film arrives June 22, 2018.