Colin Trevorrow Needs To Let Go Of The Jurassic Past
The writer/director hinted at bringing more legacy characters into the Jurassic World. But should they?
One of the majorly teased selling points of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was the return of one of the series' most iconic characters: Dr Ian Malcolm, unforgettably played by Jeff Goldblum.
When the film was released in June we found out just how big of a part Goldblum would play, and the truth is... it was tiny.
Bookending the film, Goldblum's entire role saw him seated at a congressional hearing of some sort, talking about the dangers of tinkering with dino DNA. It has absolutely no effect on the actual events of the film, he doesn't interact with anyone in the primary cast, and it's unclear what this hearing is even for.
Colin Trevorrow -- the film's writer and the director of the first Jurassic World -- went on the Empire Podcast to discuss the film and Goldblum's cameo. During the chat, he hinted that he hoped to add more characters from the original trilogy into the next Jurassic World, which he will co-write and direct.
In regards to why Malcolm wasn't in Jurassic World, Trevorrow said, "It felt like a construct of screenwriters trying to figure out how to fit in a character they love".
"I have so much respect for those characters that I just wouldn’t want them doing anything that I don’t think they would naturally do."
In Jurassic World, the only legacy character to appear was Henry Wu, played by B. D. Wong. Wu also shows up in Fallen Kingdom and -- other than the T-Rex -- he was the only character from the originals.
"It’s almost like I’m fighting against my own instincts of wanting just the whole thing to be one giant Love Boat reunion special of just everybody," Trevorrow continued.
"The pattern that I’ve tried to follow here is that instead of putting everyone in the first movie and slowly killing them, we’re going to slowly bring people in, which hopefully will keep people interested in coming back to see how their favourite characters fit into this new world."
The most likely additions into Jurassic World 3 would be Dr. Alan Grant, played by Sam Neill, and Dr. Ellie Sattler, played by Laura Dern.
It would be amazing to see Neill and Dern return to the big screen and be chased by an array of dinosaurs again, but the big problem is Trevorrow's Jurassic Worlds have yet to really find their own feet.
One of Fallen Kingdom's biggest issues was that it attempted to do so much and ultimately achieved very little. Even the post-credits scene felt more like an afterthought. Even the film's big twist (human cloning! wow!) is treated with the same gravitas as a lunch order.
Everything felt like a massive, empty set-up for the third film, while pulling a neck muscle trying to constantly nod to the older films.
There's a moment in Fallen Kingdom where a lone brontosaurus wails as its engulfed in a cloud of ash and smoke while Isla Nublar, the setting of Jurassic Park, is destroyed by a volcano.
Fallen Kingdom had the very literal chance to burn its obligations to the original trilogy, to pay respects to their iconic legacy but build something new. Trevorrow's desire to continue to point audiences back to the films they so loved only reminds them of the emptiness of his own creations.
If the Jurassic franchise has taught us anything, it's that... maybe some things are better left in the past.