The past year has been tough for the movie industry. Many blockbuster releases planned for release during 2020 were subject to extreme delays, often as much as a year or more. In the case of Jurassic World 3: Dominion, fans of the franchise have a long wait ahead – the movie’s creators just announced that it will be an entire year before Dominion finally hits the silver screen in June 2022.
This no doubt seems like an extremely long wait considering, that Universal previously stated the film was almost complete way back in 2019. Universal has not confirmed whether the picture is indeed complete or if further scenes are still waiting to be shot. They do insist, however, that the additional year will not go to waste. Presumably, this means that extra time will be spent on post-production and things like that – only time will tell.
The History and Future of the Jurassic Franchise
After the massive success of the first two Jurassic World movies, there was never any doubt that a third movie was on the way eventually. Dominion was first confirmed as being in production way back in February 2018, just after the performance numbers for its predecessor were confirmed.
It transpired that Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom had grossed an unbelievable $1.3 billion at the box office. This saw the movie reach #15 on the list of the largest grossing films of all time. This is slightly short of the performance of the first movie, which grossed nearly $1.7 billion and now holds position #6 on the prestigious all-time list.
The cliffhanger at the end of Fallen Kingdom saw the dinosaurs escaping from their private sanctuary into the regular streets and fields of the real world. The 2019 short film “Battle at Big Rock” did do a little to take the edge of that cliffhanger by giving us a glimpse of what happened next: the world has been overrun by dinosaurs. That’s a questionable concept given the capabilities and firepower of our modern armed forces, but should make for a great movie!
What about the Spin-Off Shows I Keep Hearing About?
Netflix already has a teaser show available to watch right now, too. It’s called Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous and is well worth a watch if you haven’t seen it yet. The writer/director of the actual movie franchise is heavily involved in the spin-off and insists that there will be many threads that weave into the larger story that we’ve seen – and are looking forward to – on the big screen.
It does all sound a little vague, and even the promise that there will be many “discoveries” in the spin-off that connect directly to Jurassic World: Dominion gives very little information. Nevertheless, it’s great to know that the people behind the picture are doing things that show they understand the frustration felt by fans. Waiting patiently for an entire year is difficult in any case, but waiting for the next installment of your favorite movie franchise? Absolute torture!
Which Actors Will Return for Jurassic World: Dominion?
The producers know that both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard (Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, respectively) are absolutely key to the success of a Jurassic World movie, so it’s no surprise to see the pairing topping the bill of actors due to appear in Dominion. There are a few other names you might recognize on the roster too – Isabella Sermon for example is set to reprise her role as Maisie Lockwood. Maisie is the genetically-created offspring of John Hammond’s former partner – Sir Benjamin Lockwood. This is particularly noteworthy as Maisie is the first human clone ever created, and you can imagine the scramble to obtain control of the technology that was used to create her.
Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda will return as Franklin Webb and Zia Rodriguez, respectively, alongside Jake Johnson who will reprise his role as the slightly … strange Dr. Lowery, despite not appearing in the previous sequel. Velociraptor trainer Omar Sy (Barry Sembene) will also be in appearance
Finally, morally questionable geneticist (is there any other kind, these days?) Dr. Henry Wu will make his return as well, played by BD Wong.
Essentially, almost the entire cast of the previous movie is set to appear in this one. A couple of newcomers are set to join them including DeWanda Wise and Mamoudou Athie, however, nothing has yet been announced that explains what their roles will be.
The Effect of the Jurassic World Franchise on the Wider Entertainment Industry
When Jurassic Park was first released back in the 1990s, the hype surrounding it was absolutely out of this world. The film shot straight to the top of the list of largest box offices takings for any movie but has unfortunately now been pushed down the list all the way to number forty.
Just for fun, I decided to check the value of Jurassic Park’s book office takings using an inflation calculator, to see how things compared. Takings at the time stood at $1,029,939,903.00, equivalent to $1,874,661,686.14 in today’s money. This would place the original Jurassic Park at #6, above its sequel Jurassic World, but slightly below Avengers: Infinity World.
As well as the huge range of dinosaur toys, t-shirts, mugs, and other licensed merchandise, there have already been many hugely successful Jurassic Park / World video games as well. Of course, the gambling sector wasted no time getting in on the action too. Microgaming published the first Jurassic Park slot which went on to be hugely successful, so it’s no surprise to see them also creating the games for the Jurassic World titles.
The dinosaur action doesn’t stop there – Jurassic Giants from Pragmatic Play is an excellent dinosaur-themed slot, and Jurassic Island from Ash Gaming is another great release that will no doubt appeal to fans of the Jurassic World franchise. Search for Dinosaur at online casinos such as Unibet and you’ll find many more games, too – Dinosaur Up by Lightning Box, Dinosaur Rage by Quickspin, Dinosaur Adventure by Genesis, and many, many more.