Colin Trevorrow Just Nailed The Biggest Problem With Jurassic World
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow highlights a bigger problem with the Jurassic Park series and the dilemma it faces for future installments.
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow just nailed the biggest problem with the series and its ability to expand as a franchise. Starting with Jurassic Park in 1993, the film spawned a legacy that’s survived for almost three decades. Jurassic Park and Jurassic World have always been trilogies whose future was in the past, if not from the dinosaurs it brought to life, then from the nostalgia both inspire.
After the success of Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, the original author of the novel, Michael Crichton, became pressured more than ever to produce a follow-up. Although reluctant to do so, he wrote The Lost World, the only sequel novel. Adapted for the big screen as The Lost World: Jurassic Park, although Crichton never wrote another Jurassic Park book, the story continued across four more films and a television series.
franchise fatigue further affects the series. With the collective critical response serving as one of the lowest in the series, Jurassic World Dominion was not “the end of an era” most audiences were looking forward to seeing. Trevorrow’s third Jurassic World film proved there’s only so much they could do with the series before it began to lose its charm. Additionally, with three Jurassic World movies and Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous in between them, there was never a period when people were lacking in content. Some time between the next Jurassic Park movie and the Jurassic World trilogy would allow for new ideas to be considered and an opportunity for a fresh take, while also making the future films feel like a bigger deal when the dinosaurs do return to theaters.
Colin Trevorrow was right when he said that Jurassic Park was better off as a solo feature. The Jurassic World trilogy may have continued the story, but for many, it proved how far removed the series became from its origins and that even a pop culture classic can run its course. However, as long as there’s a story to be told and an enraptured audience, the cinematic adaptations of Michael Crichton’s novels will never go extinct.