The final installment in the Jurassic franchise will feature two parallel stories, following the various characters from the franchise history.
Jurassic World: Dominion is bringing back all the favorites, but they might not crossover in the way many expected. Jurassic World: Dominion will mark the third film in the Jurassic World franchise and the sixth film in the overall Jurassic Park franchise. The original film was released in 1993 and has remained a classic in no small part due to the incredible cast of Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum.
When Jurassic World: Dominion was announced, it was confirmed that the original stars of the first would reprise their roles alongside current stars of the franchise, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Jeff Goldblum had a cameo in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but it was indicated that his role in the next film would be more substantial. Filming on Jurassic World: Dominion wrapped in November 2020 after having to be shut down multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the release date having been moved from 2021 to 2022.
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It appears that the stars of each Jurassic franchise won’t exactly crossover throughout the film, but will be two stories running parallel with one another as one follows the original Jurassic Park characters, while the other follows the Jurassic World characters. In a recent interview with Collider, Jurassic World: Dominion director, Colin Trevorrow, discussed how the film will feature a different story structure to the previous films. The intersecting stories will allow them to do justice to all the characters. Trevorrow said:
telling two parallel stories that are just driving closer and closer together, and you understand that, and you start to understand how they’re going to intersect, and then they do. But that’s not a traditional way to structure a movie…not shortchanging anybody… Laura and Sam and Jeff are just as big a part of the movie as Chris and Bryce are, as far as screen time, as far as their importance to the story, everything.
The natural assumption among many was the two casts would join up similarly to the crossovers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe or the Fast and Furious films. However, it appears to have more in common with X-Men: Days of Future Past, which featured the two casts of the respective franchise installments but in different stories, with the only major crossover being Wolverine and the meeting between Xavier and his older self. It also is a similar strategy to Godzilla vs. Kong, which featured two sets of protagonists in team Kong and team Godzilla, who weren’t really aware of the other’s presence until the end of the film.
Jurassic World: Dominion is set to wrap up the franchise, says Trevorrow. In many ways, Trevorrow finds himself in a similar situation that he would have been if he had stayed on to direct Star Wars Episode IX. In a crowded 2022 summer that will include Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Indiana Jones 5, Mission: Impossible 7 just to name a few, the final Jurassic film will have some heavy competition, but hopefully, the all-star cast of Jurassic World: Dominion draws audiences in.
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