Franchise reboots are, for better or worse, here to stay. And the Jurassic Park franchise has been successfully revamped for the 21st century.
2018's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, though it received mixed reviews, was an undeniable box-office hit. The sequel took over $1.3 billion, paving the way for a third film.
Steven Spielberg, the director of the first Jurassic Park movie confirmed Colin Trevorrow, who directed 2015's first reboot, Jurassic World, would return for the third instalment (or sixth, depending on where you're counting from).
The threequel remains untitled so far, and few details have been released. Jurassic World 3 will be written by a newcomer to the dino-franchise, Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising).
Trevorrow called the threequel a "celebration of everything that has existed in the franchise up until now." Here is what we know so far about the upcoming movie.
Jurassic World 3 release date: When's it out?
Cinemas across the world will be welcoming dinosaurs again on their screens on June 11, 2021.
That's in keeping with the June release dates that have proven so effective for the previous two movies in the series. According to Variety, filming is set to begin in spring 2020.
However, rumours have spread that filming already began in January 2019, just outside Dublin. Star Bryce Dallas Howard only added fuel to that fire by telling Joe.ie: "I wasn't there," indicating that someone else, perhaps, was.
Jurassic World 3 cast: Who's coming back?
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be seen once more as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing respectively, as confirmed by Colin Trevorrow. He has stated that there are other characters from Fallen Kingdom who will become "major characters".
Newcomer to the franchise Isabella Sermon might also return as Maisie Lockwood, the genetically-created offspring of John Hammond's former partner Sir Benjamin Lockwood (James Cromwell).
And to complete this trilogy, morally dubious geneticist Dr Henry Wu (BD Wong) might finally get his comeuppance.
Though he wasn't in the sequel, Jake Johnson could reprise his much-loved Jurassic World role as Lowery in the threequel.
Trevorrow said: "It doesn't mean he'll never be back, and I've had conversations with almost all of the actors going back to the previous films about how important their legacies are to these movies, and yet also how important it is to continuously change and evolve them into something new."
Of course, we all want to know... is Jeff Goldblum back once more as Dr Ian Malcolm? In Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom he had limited screen time, leaving Malc fans wanting more.
The actor has already hinted that his maths-loving scientist could be in the third outing, "...there's going to be another one, which some people may or may not be in it. That's all I can say."
Let's hope he is back and, this time, fighting off dinos not senators.
When asked by Variety about Goldblum, Sam Neill, and Dern returning, Trevorrow simply said: "I can confirm nothing. But nothing would make me happier than to be able to work with any of those people."
Jurassic World 3 plot: This is the end
We don't know too much about how the threequel will continue from Fallen Kingdom's cliffhanger that saw dinosaurs out in the world.
Trevorrow has been calling it a "science thriller" and Howard has been talking about how the movie will "bring the entire saga together", especially as it's been reported that it's the final movie in the Jurassic World series.
But one thing that the third movie won't be is a dino-vs-human war movie. "Dinosaurs can't organise," Trevorrow told Jurassic Outpost.
"Right now we’ve got lethal predators in wild areas surrounding cities all over the world, [but] they don’t go pack hunting for humans in urban areas. The world I get excited about is the one where it’s possible that a dinosaur might run out in front of your car on a foggy backroad, or invade your campground looking for food."
Chris Pratt has promised fans that they "will not be disappointed" and teased that the movie could start after a time jump.
"I can’t believe that we’re going to make that movie, and I can’t believe they found a way to deliver on the promise of the end of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," he explained.
"Like, 'Wait what? The island has blown up. The animals are out, we can’t put them back in the box. What are we going to do? How are not only these dinosaurs but this technology moving forward going to affect the planet?'. We jump forward, and it's like, 'Oh! Oh, right! Oh, damn'. It’s going to be pretty epic."
Jurassic World 3 trailer: When will we see it?
If JW3 follows in the footsteps of its predecessor, then we won't get our first glimpse until December 2020 with a second trailer rolling out in April 2021.
If the Ireland filming rumours are to be believed, however, a teaser could arrive much sooner than we anticipated. There is always the chance that the filming has nothing to do with the movie.
The dinosaur animatronics spotted in Ireland could be part of the mysterious short film Jurassic World: Battle at Big Rock.
Photojournalist Padraig O’Reilly posted to Twitter pictures from filming at the Powerscourt Estate in Ireland. The license plates on the vehicles in the pictures read District of Columbia, aka Washington DC
This could be a setting for the threequel if the country suddenly has dinosaurs roaming all over and needs to spring into action. Or for the obscure short film.
Let's hope they buck the trend, though, and deliver us some Jurassic goodness before then.
Jurassic World 3 is out in UK cinemas on June 11, 2021.
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