Jurassic World Dominion Director Explains Why a Jurassic Park Reboot Would Fail
Jurassic World Dominion director Colin Trevorrow believes that if the Jurassic Parkfranchise is to continue, it has to keep looking forward, rather than start from scratch -- as he thinks that anyone who tries to reboot the property would be setting themselves up for failure.
During an interview with Collider, Trevorrow was asked if he thought Jurassic Park should be rebooted after Jurassic World Dominion, or if it was best for the franchise to keep on its current trajectory. "This is just my own personal opinion. One of the challenges of this franchise is that to reboot it, you have to remake Jurassic Park. And I weep for whoever takes that on, because that is one of the greatest movies ever made," the director said.
"And so I think in a lot of ways, our only choice is to move forward and to expand," he continued. "Because going back there and redoing Spielberg and Crichton, best of luck." Trevorrow refers to director Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park film from 1993, which was based upon late author Michael Crichton's 1990 novel of the same name.
To Trevorrow's point, 1993's Jurassic Park is widely considered to be one of the best films of the '90s, if not all time, and is still lauded for its technical innovation. Upon its initial theatrical release, it became the highest-grossing film of all time -- a title it held until being unseated by James Cameron's Titanic in 1997. In 2018, the Library of Congress even selected Jurassic Park to be preserved in the United States National Film Registry for its cultural significance.
Spielberg returned to helm a sequel to Jurassic Park, titled The Lost World: Jurassic Park (loosely based on Crichton's 1995 novel The Lost World), which released in 1997. Director Joe Johnston then helmed Jurassic Park III, which followed suit in 2001. Nearly a decade and a half later, Trevorrow took the reins on the franchise for 2015's Jurassic World, a legacy sequel set 22 years after the events of the original Jurassic Park.
Jurassic World itself received a sequel in the form of 2018's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which saw J.A. Bayona take over as director. Trevorrow returns to the director's chair forJurassic World Dominion, which will ostensibly close out the Jurassic Park saga -- for the time being, at least.
Jurassic World Dominion opens in theaters this Friday, June 10.