Will Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Tap into the Nostalgia of the Original to Succeed at the Box Office?

Jurassic World became the fourth biggest-grossing Hollywood blockbuster of all time when it reached our cinema screens in 2015 and its sequel is inching ever closer to a release at the box office.

Jurassic World became the fourth biggest-grossing Hollywood blockbuster of all time when it reached our cinema screens in 2015 and its sequel is inching ever closer to a release at the box office. The first official trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was unveiled in December, with the film set for release on 7th June in the UK and Australia and 22nd June in the United States. Jurassic World has become a series in its own right with Fallen Kingdom and it is doing its best to maintain the core of what made the original such a success in 1993.

A featurette trailer released on 6th December confirmed that Fallen Kingdom will include two of the leading stars of the original, with dinosaur trainer Owen Grady played by Chris Pratt and former park manager Claire Dearing played by Bryce Dallas Howard. Jeff Goldblum also returns to the franchise as Ian Malcolm having not featured since The Lost World. Ian Malcolm remains one of the most charismatic characters from the 1993 original and these familiar faces will certainly rekindle the magic of Jurassic Park.

The challenge for the franchise’s new director, Juan Antonio Bayona, is to find the right balance between what fans of the franchise are expecting and what fans will be surprised about. Bayona himself has admitted he is a director who enjoys creating intensity and heightened drama and Fallen Kingdom draws similarities with the 1993 original. The island is in the midst of being destroyed, just like the original sees the controlled habitat of the dinosaurs devastated forever, forcing the park’s mastermind John Hammond – played by Richard Attenborough – to evacuate the island.

Many Jurassic Park fanatics believe Fallen Kingdom is also an opportunity to right the wrongs of The Lost World: Jurassic Park; the sequel to the 1993 original. There are certainly a number of similarities between the plotline of Fallen Kingdom and The Lost World as this article on Nerdist demonstrates. Both plots feature rescue missions designed to save the dinosaurs. Fallen Kingdom also focuses on the rescue team’s efforts to try and thwart a rival team from poaching dinosaurs from the forsaken island which was also a large chunk of the storyline in The Lost World.

Regardless of the strength of the storyline and its links to the original, Jurassic World is deeply rooted within popular culture. The franchise and dinosaurs, in general, feature heavily in other movie titles such as Toy Story 2 where Rex is made to look like a Tyrannosaurus rex when chasing the car and in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers where Adam welcomes the rangers to Jurassic Park when encountering a graveyard full of dinosaur skeletons. The franchise still features heavily in gaming titles including state-of-the-art 3D video slots incorporating crisp visuals and audio from the original and new franchise; the latter of which is available on smartphone and tablet devices.

Fallen Kingdom will really have to go some to surpass the $1.6 bn gross revenue that Jurassic World made worldwide. The 14-year lapse prior to the release of Jurassic World undoubtedly created the interest in it as a spectacle. However, Bayona’s attempts to keep some facets true to the original by staying faithful to many cast members and maintaining the concept of protecting the dinosaurs and fleeing the island will almost certainly guarantee its success at the box office.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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