If movie audiences have problems with the slightly screwy plot of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, they’re still probably going to love the bonkers twist ending of the movie. But what does this ending mean for the eventual sequel? When does that sequel come out? How will it work? Here’s what to know so far.
Major spoilers for the ending of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom ahead.
Thanks to resident clone-child Maisie (Isabella Sermon) all the dinosaurs rescued from Isla Nublar in the first half of the movie are let loose in North America at the end of the movie. The final sequences show that the dinos have spread quickly over the continent, and even surfers aren’t safe from that giant shark-eating mosasaur from the first movie. In fairness, Maisie didn’t let this giant prehistoric sea monster out from those cages under the mansion, the implication is that this thing escaped on its own, which makes sense considering the first scene of the movie suggests that thing is totally loose in the ocean.
Anyway, as far as the land-dwelling dinosaurs go, the ending of the movie demonstrates they quickly spread their way over America, leading Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Malcolm to cheesily declare “Welcome to Jurassic World.” But what the hell does this mean for the sequel? Is this franchise really going to do a sequel that is basically just ‘Jurassic World 3: Dinosaur Planet’? Short answer: Hell yes.
Jurassic World 3 is already in pre-production and is scheduled to come out on June 11, 2021, with Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt expected to return. But who else from the franchise will show up? Jeff Goldblum has already said he’ll happily appear in the sequel, but it seems straight-up insane that Sam Neil’s Dr. Grant and Laura Dern’s Ellie Sattler wouldn’t appear in the next one.
The last time we saw Grant and Sattler was in Jurassic Park III and both of them were still pretty interested in dinosaur science, meaning it seems like the government is going to bring them into this whole Dinosaur Planet kerfuffle in the next movie. Plus, if Jurassic World 3 is the last movie in the entire franchise (at least for a little while) it’s unlikely Universal wouldn’t bring Neil and Dern back.
Jurassic World 3 will also be directed by Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World in 2015. What this means for the script or the tone of the movie remains to be seen. But, one thing is for certain, the next entry in this dinosaur extravaganza will be totally different than all the previous entries, if only because the setting is now totally different. Jurassic Park movies usually are limited to a confined area, usually an island. But now, Fallen Kingdom has made all the world a stage for crazy cloned dinosaurs. Will this mean Jurassic World 3 is more like Planet of the Apes than any previous Jurassic Park movie? If we’re all lucky, yes.
-Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out in wide release now.-