Colin Trevorrow Talks Jurassic World Trilogy & Star Wars: Episode IX

Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World was by far the biggest movie of the year, earning over $1,6 Billion at the worldwide box office, making it the third highest- grossing film of all time. Although Trevorrow won’t be directing the sequel, which is currently slated for a June 2018 release, he’s hard at work co-writing the film with Derek Conolly, who also worked with him on the first installment of the new trilogy.

The Jurassic Cast Podcast (h/t to Comingsoon) recently sat down with Trevorrow to talk about his experience making the film among other things, where the director revealed that Jurassic World and the upcoming sequel were inspired by a quote from the the very first Jurassic Park film, and specifically, Ian Malcolm.

Honestly, the trilogy is articulated in Jurassic Park, it’s all in there… Jurassic World is all based on Ian Malcolm’s quote, ‘You stood on the shoulders of geniuses to accomplish something as fast as you could, and before you even knew what you had, you patented it, and packaged it, and slapped it on a plastic lunchbox, and now you wanna sell it.’ That to me is Jurassic World, that’s why I had all the product placement, that’s what it was. The second one, Jurassic World 2, and as we were driving we tried to find, what is the foundation? ‘Dinosaurs and man, separated by 65 million years of evolution have been thrown back into the mix together. How can we know what to expect?’ That’s why it’s exciting that the movie did well, that leaves us a lot of room to run, and it was part of this design, it had a beginning, middle, and end when we wrote the first movie. Now that the movie did well, we get to play that out.”

Jurassic World 2 will see the return of Chris Pratt’s Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire, who we first met this year on Jurassic World. When asked about the two characters, Trevorrow revealed some intriguing new details about what’s in store for the two heroes, not only in the sequel, but the trilogy as a whole.

Jurassic World was very much made with the fans in mind, and I’m not going to forget it, but now we’ve seen a lot of ‘dinosaurs chasing people around on an island’ movies. I think you guys and also the general audience is going to be down to explore where else we can go. We know Owen is going to be in it and Claire will be in it and neither will be in the same place that we left them in this movie, Even though Claire is the one who evolves the most over the trilogy, it’s her story that mirrors this changing world, Owen has s**t to deal with. The two of them opened Pandora’s Box in Jurassic World and each of them are responsible for different elements of it in different ways, and I think the way that these characters are connected to the circumstances of what’s happening it’s different than the previous films. It’s not ‘Let’s manufacture a way to get them somewhere,’ they’re embedded into it now in a way that as story tellers makes it much easier for us to keep them involved and doesn’t feel as contrived.

Trevorrow also talked about how Jurassic World’s success at the box office is going to help the cast and crew of the sequel make the follow-up not only a different kind of film scale wise, but also story wise.

It will get to be a different kind of film. The audience has given us permission to a certain extent to take this to the next level, and I don’t necessarily mean in scale, I feel very strongly that it’s not about more dinosaurs or bigger and better dinosaurs, it’s about using this as a starting point for a much larger story about our relationship with these animals and about animals in general and the dynamic created by bringing them back to life.”

During the D23 Expo last month, it was confirmed that Trevorrow will direct Star Wars: Episode IX. Although the director couldn’t reveal anything about the movie, he did express how excited he is to work on the Star Wars universe.  

I obviously can’t talk too much about Star Wars, but the idea of that ‘Universe,’ that word gets thrown around a lot as far as movies are concerned and what people are building, that one’s an actual universe. I think that the size and scope of that… Every kind of story we can think of can be told in the Star Wars universe, because it is endless and boundless.

Jurassic World 2 hits theaters on June 22, 2018.

SOURCE: Jurassic Cast Podcast ( via Comingsoon)

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.