How the ‘Jurassic Park’ Franchise Will Be Like ‘Star Wars’

Source: Universal Pictures
Source: Universal Pictures

The highly anticipated sequel to Steven Spielberg’s iconic dinosaur movie Jurassic Park comes out this weekend, and Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow has already said he won’t be coming back to make another installment in the rebooted franchise. While it might seem like the budding director is crazy for turning down such a high profile gig, Trevorrow really has the interests of the franchise at heart. He sees the franchise as one that will benefit from a similar approach as Marvel has taken with its cinematic universe, or that Disney is doing with the new Star Wars films — having many different directors involved so that each film has a fresh perspective on the material.

Trevorrow announced at the Jurassic World premiere that he wouldn’t make a sequel to the movie and then spoke more in-depth about that decision to Uproxx. “I intended to just do one for quite a long time and part of it is just that I had such an incredible experience on this and it’s so special to me. I poured so much of myself into this movie; it’s a very personal dinosaur movie,” Trevorrow told the publication.

He went on to say that he thinks the Jurassic Park franchise will benefit from looking to another big franchise that’s being rebooted many years later — Star Wars. “And, yet, I do genuinely believe, as somebody who is partially responsible for making sure this carries on, I think this is one of those franchises — like Mission: Impossible and like what they’re currently doing with Star Wars — that is going to really benefit from new voices and new points of view. So, that’s me doing what I think is necessary to make sure it carries on and stays fresh,” Trevorrow said.

Star Wars is of course being reinvigorated with the upcoming Episode VII — The Force Awakens, which is being written and directed by J.J. Abrams. Disney and Lucasfilms have also announced that there will be a series of spin-off movies in addition to the main trilogy with the potential for more standalone films about different characters in the Star Wars universe. Those spin-offs will allow the filmmakers to explore the worlds of different side characters that there’s less room to spend time with in the main films. Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will be helming the first standalone movie subtitled Rogue One, and it’s rumored to star Felicity Jones and Ben Mendelsohn.

With the Star Wars films Disney is obviously taking advice from another highly successful property it owns — Marvel. Marvel’s huge backlog of comics providing an almost endless amount of storyline gives the company’s cinematic universe the room to keep producing movie after movie about even smaller side characters. Getting the best actors and filmmakers on board makes the films successful even when they’re about comic book characters not many people have heard of. The box office dominating machine that is Marvel has all its films planned out through 2020.

“People right now might be very confused as to why I’m making this decision, but down the line, looking at the way that franchises have been working, I’m pretty confident this is the right answer for this one. We need to keep it new and keep it changing and constantly let it evolve,” Trevorrow went on to say.

He isn’t wrong to point to these things when thinking about building a Jurassic Park franchise, though it will be interesting to see how they pull it off. The fact that the studio and Steven Spielberg chose a director with just one quirky but well-received indie under his belt (Safety Not Guaranteed) to make one of the biggest reboots in recent memory as his second movie ever was remarkable, and it seems even more remarkable that he’s willing to walk away from the giant paycheck and recognition that would come with continuing to direct the Jurassic Park/World movies. Trevorrow really seems to want what’s best for the franchise, and if Jurassic World does well he’ll be fielding offers for other blockbusters anyway.

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