The Jurassic Park franchise has been a part of the pop culture world for 30 years. Michael Crichton’s smash hit sci-fi novel hit book stores in 1990. Stephen Spielberg adapted the story for the big screen in 1994, resulting in one of the most iconic films in history. During those three decades, a whole lot of people have been eaten. But despite that, have you ever hoped those resurrected prehistoric creatures would finally destroy all the humans? And not just the evil ones? If the answer is “yes,” you might finally get what you wished for in Jurassic World 3. Writer and director Colin Trevorrow has announced the film’s official title, and it’s an ominous one for all mankind. Because after Fallen Kingdom saw dinosaurs make their way to our own shores, they’re going to return in Jurassic World: Dominion.
Trevorrow shared the film’s name on Twitter to commemorate the movie’s first day of filming. As far as title’s go it’s a pretty solid one—short and powerful. It also fits perfectly with where the story left off after the second Jurassic World film. After the most absurd auction in history (dinosaurs would not sell for so little), the dinosaurs who were saved from the island were released into the realm of mankind. A final montage showed them beginning to cause havoc for humanity. It made the T. rex invasion at the end of The Lost World seem like a reasonable problem.
A short film from Trevorrow last year offered further insight into what we would see in the trilogy’s third installment. The director’s “Battle at Big Rock” showed a family camp site being overrun by a dinosaur fight. Starring André Holland and Natalie Martinez, it also clued us into just how much dinos will terrorize the United States’ West Coast one year after the end of Fallen Kingdom. News reports mentioned other attacks and sightings, and the main family wasn’t surprised to see one appear. They didn’t expect to see one “all the way up here,” though, indicating the dinosaur problem was not under control.
To follow that up with a title like Jurassic World: Dominion is not a great sign for those of you still rooting for “people” in the franchise. When prehistoric monsters are running around, the last word anyone wants to start thinking about is one that refers to sovereignty. This movie could really end on a bleak note, with dinosaurs in control. That would set up a future trilogy, one akin to Planet of the Apes where the humans must fight for their own freedom and survival. It might sound unlikely, until you remember the warnings from the original film. This title almost feels like a promise to reach the story’s inevitable end.
“Life will not be contained. Life breaks free. It expands to new territories, crashes through barriers, painfully, maybe even dangerously.”
“God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.”
“Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth.”
And of course there was Dr. Ian Malcolm’s dire words from Jurassic Park, which he repeated in Fallen Kingdom.
“These creatures were here before us. And if we’re not careful, they’re gonna be here after. We’re gonna have to adjust to new threat that we can’t imagine. We’ve entered a new era. Welcome to Jurassic World.”
And we’ve known for 30 years who truly has dominion in Jurassic World.
Jurassic World: Dominion comes to theaters on June 11, 2021.
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