Jurassic World Sequel to Include 'Complex Animal Rights Themes'
For those who enjoyed Jurassic World, there is already the good news of a confirmed sequel in-the-works. Now, there is another reason to get excited, and it is due to the surprising subject matter of the second movie.
Although filming won’t even begin until next year, Colin Trevorrow, the director of the first Jurassic World, spoke about some of the “more complex” themes fans can expect in the upcoming sequel. According to Time:
“The second part will be a very different movie that will explore new paths. The dinosaurs will be a parable of the treatment animals receive today: the abuse, medical experimentation, pets, having wild animals in zoos like prisons, the use the military has made of them, animals as weapons.”
The sequel, which is tentatively titled Ancient Futures and is actually the fifth installment of the Jurassic Park film series, will be directed by J.A. Bayona, who Trevorrow described as:
“An incredible director and I know he’ll push the boundaries of what a ‘Jurassic’ movie is. I think it’s important that we take risks. A franchise must evolve or perish.”
Universal Studios announced that the release date for Ancient Futures will be on June 22, 2018. Let’s hope that if people can be sympathetic towards exploited dinosaurs, they can extend that sympathy to animals being mistreated in reality!
UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that James Cromwell has joined the cast of the Jurrasic World sequel. Cromwell became a vegan and animal rights activist after filming Babe, and with the theme of the sequel made clear, Slash Film has made an educated guess:
“Much like how Ted Levine is the kind of actor who feels genetically engineered to mess with the forces of nature and get chomped to pieces by a T-rex, James Cromwell is the kind of actor who feels genetically engineered to sympathize with the plight of the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar. After all, Cromwell is a vegan, and outspoken animal rights activist in the real world and Jurassic World 2 will apparently deal with the concept of “dinosaur rights.” It’s easy to image Cromwell, who turned 77 last month, signing on for a movie like this because it will sneak some of his pet causes in front of millions of people.”
The film still has the scheduled release date of June 22, 2018.
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