‘Jurassic World 3’: Could the Original Actors We Love Really Come Back?

Audiences love romping, stomping dinosaurs no matter how silly their movies are, so Jurassic World 3 will be coming down the pike in 2021. This time, apparently, the movies are going to pull an X-Men and try to fuse the cast of the new movies with the cast of the old movies.

Laura Dern in Jurassic Park
Laura Dern in Jurassic Park | Photo by Murray Close/Getty Images

In other words, the stars of the original Jurassic Park, Sam Neill and Laura Dern might – just might – appear in the movie. At least that’s what Bryce Dallas Howard kind of/sort of said to MTV News recently, if exaggerated blinking is anything to go by. It would be sort of like what the X-Men franchise did with Days of Future Past, which brought together the Patrick Stewart/Ian McKellen crew with the James McAvoy/Michael Fassbender crew.

But to paraphrase Dr. Malcolm’s fateful quote: “They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”  

Last time on ‘Jurassic World’

Here’s how we got to this point. In 1993’s Jurassic Park, scientists miraculously bring dinosaurs back to life. Because humans are stupid, they think it’s a good idea to put the animals into a zoological theme park. Dinosaurs roar and eat a bunch of people, and humans flee for their lives.

In 1997’s Jurassic Park: The Lost World, we find out there’s another island with dinosaurs. Because humans are stupid, they go to this island with the aim of bringing dinosaurs back to the mainland. Dinosaurs roar and eat a bunch of people, and humans flee for their lives.

In 2001’s Jurassic Park III, because humans are stupid, a father and his kid go parasailing near the island and disappear. A rescue team goes to retrieve them. Dinosaurs roar and eat a bunch of people, and humans flee for their lives.

In 2015’s Jurassic World, a new theme park is created, because by golly, this time we’ve learned our lesson and will do it right. But because humans are stupid, they decide to create a mean dino hybrid that breaks loose. Dinosaurs roar and eat a bunch of people, and humans flee for their lives.

In last year’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, a volcano is about to consume the island. Because humans are stupid, instead of letting nature take its course, they go to the island to retrieve the endangered species. Dinosaurs roar and eat a bunch of people, and humans flee for their lives. Only this time, the dinos make it back to the mainland, where they can’t wait to eat stupid people.

What might happen in ‘Jurassic World 3’

Because both Jurassic World movies made over $1 billion worldwide, and because Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard signed three-picture deals, the new movie is scheduled for release June 11 of 2021. Colin Trevorrow, who helmed Jurassic World but only co-wrote Fallen Kingdom, returns to the director’s chair. Pratt and Howard are the only confirmed co-stars at this time. Whatever story they have is being kept under wraps.

Howard stars in Rocketman as Elton John’s mother, and it was at the premiere of that film that MTV News asked her about the possible reunion. “I don’t know what’s been confirmed or whatever, but I’ll blink if it’s happening… maybe…” she said before blinking in an exaggerated fashion.

For his part, Trevorrow also told MTV News he’s open to the idea, saying that if Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler didn’t appear, “I would feel robbed too.”

Is a return really a good idea?

Although the Jurassic pictures all have basically the same plot, making the same movie over and over again isn’t necessarily a bad idea. Hollywood has been doing that ever since it started. Just ask Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland, who made four “hey kids, let’s put on a show” movies in the ’30s and ’40s.

On the other hand, the idea may be just fan service, where the filmmakers recycle parts of old movies just to stoke the flames of nostalgia. The crew from Dark Phoenix found out the hard way that sometimes audiences do get tired of do-overs, with the supposed final X-Men film grossing a disastrous $33 million upon its opening, guaranteeing the movie will lose a lot of money.

As much money as Fallen Kingdom made, many viewers were disappointed with Jeff Goldblum’s return. The trailers highlighted Ian Malcolm, who had only appeared in the first two movies, but it turned out that his role was nothing more than a glorified cameo. If the same happens with Sam Neill and Laura Dern, fans may throw up their hands.

Still, as history has shown us, people keep coming to the dinosaurs, and none of the five films so far has been a financial boondoggle yet. We’ll find out in a couple of years if audiences still decide to endorse the park.