Written by Tom G. Wolf
In a year that’s already stuffed full with blockbusters, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is still likely to stand tall above the rest. Chris Pratt + dinosaurs is a recipe for success.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits Australian cinemas on June 21 – but in the meantime, let’s let our imagination run wild as we take a guess at what we might see onscreen.
The closest thing we’ll ever get to a Dino-Riders movie
Ah, Dino-Riders. One of the best toy franchises to never make it out of the ’80s. It’s unlikely we’ll get a big budget, big screen adaptation anytime soon… but with Jurassic World’s hints at the prospect of militarised dinosaurs, here’s hoping we see at least a few dinosaurs equipped with laser rifles.
A villainous turn from Wu
Back in the original Jurassic Park, Dr. Henry Wu was the friendly scientist who helped engineer the dinosaurs for John Hammond. But in Jurassic World, we saw a darker side of Wu, who was secretly working with the sinister Vic Hoskins. With Hoskins’ apparent death in the last film, Wu may step up to the plate as a major big bad for the series.
One thing that often gets overlooked from the original novel of Jurassic Park is that Hammond wasn’t just bringing back prehistoric animals – he also brought back a whole bunch of prehistoric plants, too. So with the constraints of the park gone and the action taking place in the wild, why not introduce some kind of Venus Man-Trap in there too? It may not be super-accurate, but the filmmakers have already taken plenty of liberties with the dinos – and it would be nothing if not memorable.
To be honest, this is something we don’t want to see. Annoying kids are a running theme in the Jurassic movies, with each film thus far bringing their own brand of yappy youths to the big screen. Jurassic World offered the most annoying kids yet seen in the series – but hopefully the filmmakers will learn from their previous mistakes this time around.
Well… duh. After all, the hint is there in the title. But Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is set to contain more prehistoric beasts than any other film in the Jurassic series. We don’t have a final list yet, but based on the toys, there are a lot featured.
So far we’ve seen a T-Rex, Dilophosaurus, Velociraptors, Stegosaurus, Carnotaurus, Baronyx, Spinosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Spinosaurus, Triceratops, Parasauralophus, Compsognathus, Gallimimus, Mosasaurus, Stygimoloch, Allosaurus, Metriacanthosaurus, Dimorphodon, Pachycephalosaurus and a Herrerasaurus. And let’s not forget that we’ve also had some glimpses at the fictional Indoraptor, who looks to be the film’s genetically engineered big bad!
Of course, this is not a guarantee. The very first Jurassic Park toyline from Kenner in 1993 featured a bunch of creatures that have never appeared in any of the films, including a Dimetrodon. But it’s nonetheless a safe bet that it will be chock-a-block with extinct creatures. And that’s a great thing!