‘Jurassic World: Dominion’ Cast Members Chris Pratt and Sam Neill React to the Title and Start of Production

The cast and filmmakers of the third Jurassic World movie announced that production began on Monday, Feb. 25. The title of the film will be Jurassic World: Dominion according to director Colin Trevorrow’s clapboard in a picture he posted on Feb. 25. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return, along with Jurassic Park stars Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill and Laura Dern.  Find out what the stars are saying about it below. Jurassic World: Dominion is in theaters June 11, 2021.

From ‘Jurassic Park’ to ‘Jurassic World’ so far

Steven Spielberg directed 1993’s Jurassic Park, based on the novel by Michael Crichton. Using groundbreaking digital effects, the film became the number one movie of all time, surpassing Spielberg’s own E.T. The tale of dinosaurs cloned from DNA running amuck at a theme park seemed to really bring the dinosaurs back from prehistoric times.

Jurassic World prequel Jurassic Park
Sam Neill and Tyrannosaurus Rex | Murray Close/Getty Images

After the success of the movie, Crichton wrote a sequel book. Spielberg directed the sequel film, but fans were disappointed by The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997, despite making Goldblum’s Ian Malcolm the main character. 2001’s Jurassic Park 3, which Joe Johnston directed, was the last film for over a decade.

2015’s Jurassic World brought the franchise back in a big way, grossing over $1 billion. Claire Dearing (Howard) reopened a dinosaur theme park which was running smoothly until her genetic creation, the Indominus Rex, got loose. Raptor trainer Owen Grady (Pratt) helped park visitors escape. 

At the end of 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the dinosaurs got loose in the U.S., prompting Malcolm to declare, “Welcome to Jurassic World.” Trevorrow directed a short film, Battle at Big Rock, in which a family camping at Big Rock National Park, had to escape from the loose dinosaurs.

Chris Pratt explains ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’

Pratt posted his own start of production announcement on Twitter. First, he revealed that the Jurassic World: Dominion shoot would run 100 days for him. Count on many more months of post-production work to bring all the dinosaur visual effects to life. Then he shared the definition of “dominion.”

Chris Pratt: Jurassic World
Chris Pratt | Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images

“JURASSIC WORLD do·min·ion /dəˈminyən/ 1. sovereignty or control. ‘man’s attempt to establish dominion over nature’ #JurassicWorldDominion,” Pratt wrote. Then he quoted Samuel L. Jackson’s character in the original Jurassic Park, “Hold onto your butts.”

It was already clear from Fallen Kingdom that the next Jurassic World film would deal with dinosaurs in the real world. Pratt’s definition of “dominion” suggests the battle at stake. The very idea of cloning dinosaurs suggested man playing god, as Malcolm protested. When it comes to man vs. nature, when nature has the dinosaurs back at its disposal, it looks like the beasts will have the sovereignty or control.

Sam Neill reacts to ‘Jurassic World: Dominion’

Neill played Dr. Alan Grant, one of the paleontologists John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) invited to Jurassic Park. He starred in Jurassic Park 3 too, reenlisted to guide a family looking for their son on Isla Sorna.  “Here we go,” Neill wrote. “#colintrevorrow at the wheel, and we are turbocharged.”

Nice to hear Neill is “turbocharged” about his return to Jurassic World. He will also reunite with Dern, who played fellow paleontologist Ellie in Jurassic Park and a cameo in Jurassic Park III. Hopefully it’s not too late for them to make their relationship work either.