What’s Next for Jurassic Park?

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When Universal Studios released the movie Jurassic Park in 1993, based on the Michael Crichton novel, it changed the way films were made forever. There was something so cutting edge about the special effects in the movie that audiences were drawn to see it just for this factor alone and the subsequent franchise has gone from strength to strength.

The concept of dinosaurs being cloned from DNA found in a mosquito preserved in amber was captivating not only to children but adults as well. The fact that these creatures were extinct long before the emergence of man allows us, using the fossilized evidence, to create a movie largely devised through imagination. We know roughly what a T-Rex looked like because we have its skeleton but we can only guess at the colour and behaviour the animal exhibited. This fascination with these ancient creatures and modern special effects allowed Universal Pictures to create such a vivid picture of what they could have been like and how humans would have been in serious jeopardy should the species co-existed helped to make the film iconic.

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T-Rex Skeleton by Connie Ma (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Such was the success of the first film the ideas feature within its narrative have become more important than a mere action movie but have seeped into popular culture in many different guises. You have theme parks and amusement parks based on the idea such as Jurassic Park: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, which is a water-based, dinosaur-themed amusement. There have been video games such as Lego Jurassic World, which allows players to traverse the story of the first trilogy and the fourth film in comic Lego style. 32Red casino have also released a Jurassic Park slot game which allows players to play for cash prizes in a dinosaur-themed, online environment.

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So far, the franchise has produced the original trilogy, which included the first film and also includes the Crichton’s novel The Lost World. It was announced that a fourth film would be released in 2005 but due to a number of issues regarding the script and the plot, it was not released until 2015 as Jurassic World, which is planned to be the first film in another trilogy. Apart from another set of movies this franchise could easily branch out further. 32Red and indeed, similar sites such as allslots casino have already produced an online slot game – but why not take this further.

Imagine how popular an actual bricks and mortar casino would be if it was themed like the great movie franchise Jurassic Park. You would have endless possibilities to create a truly interactive experience within a casino environment that would give it an edge over competitors. This could be regularly updated to make sure that is doesn’t become stale and these updates could coincide with the release of the subsequent movies.

The next film in the franchise is set for a 2018 release and the plot is planned to look at how the dinosaurs on the island could be wiped out due to a natural disaster, liken to the theories surrounding their actual demise approximately 66 million years ago.

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Impact Event by Fredrik (copyright free)

The film will be called Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and see the two main protagonists of the last movie, Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, return to find a volcano on the island, Isla Nublar, to be threatening the life of the dinosaurs that now roam freely upon it.

There are plenty of concepts that could be explored here, including the ethics of playing god and bringing back an extinct species. The ideas of how dinosaurs would interact in a modern city environment would also be an interesting idea to explore and, even though this is already the fifth film in the series, there is still plenty of scope to come up with interesting plots and storylines.

Whatever the next film has to offer it is clear that audiences will still flock to see it. The last effort in the franchise Jurassic World is the fourth highest grossing movie of all time, having taken $1.6 billion in the box office. Once adjustment for inflation is taken into account, it is the second-highest grossing movie in the franchise after the first film, so unlike the dinosaur, there is plenty of life in this series yet.

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