Jurassic World 3… Uh… Finds a Way…

New film. New talent.

NOW, EVENTUALLY YOU MIGHT HAVE AN ARTICLE…?

Believe me, I know this is late. Unfortunately, though, it was always going to be.

You see, for me, 2018 has — so far… — been defined by two not-particularly-pleasant things: dental problems, and computer issues. Tragically, unlike the business with my teeth, I couldn't throw a bunch of painkillers at my computer, and so this one was always doomed to be published long after its relevance had faded — so long after, in fact, that I wasn't sure whether to go ahead with it even when I managed to resurrect my ageing laptop (now, with a dying hard drive inside it and a functioning one stuck to the back of its screen, known as FrankenMac).

Ultimately, though, I decided to post it. A) because with Jurassic's importance to The JHN Files, it would be weird not to mention this particular development, and B) because better late than never.

With that in mind…

On the evening of Wednesday, February 21, it was announced that Jurassic World 3 will be released on June 11, 2021. Given the time between the first film and Fallen Kingdom, and the fact that Jurassic World has long been confirmed to be a trilogy, this isn't particularly surprising. In fact, the real surprise was that the announcement came so early. (Fallen Kingdom's date was announced a month after the first film's release.)

It wasn't, however, the only one.

Alongside the announcement, Variety posted an article reporting that Colin Trevorrow will once again be co-writing the film's script… but not, as before, with Derek Connolly. Instead, he'll do so alongside franchise newcomer Emily Carmichael (working, admittedly, from a story devised by he and Connolly).

Now, I don't want to jump to conclusions — a glance at Carmichael's IMDb page reveals that I'm utterly unfamiliar with her work — but I can't help but be excited by this. Or perhaps 'intrigued' is a more appropriate word. As I've said time, time, and time again, I was seriously underwhelmed by the quality of Jurassic World's writing, and though it remains to be seen whether Fallen Kingdom will bring any improvements in that department, news of some fresh talent is very, very welcome.

I must admit, though, as much as I'm looking forward to seeing the results of Trevorrow and Carmichael's collaboration, 2021 can stay far the future, where it belongs. I know I'm not the only Jurassic fan experiencing a minor crisis over how old they'll be when it rolls around…

Still, there is, I suppose, no escaping it. 2021 will come, and the best we can do is hope it brings a solid Jurassic film with it. As for the present day, some have suggested that the surprising timing of Jurassic World 3's announcement hints at Universal being happy with Fallen Kingdom, confident in the quality of what Bayona has delivered. I'd like to believe that, too — I really would — but I can't quite bring myself to. Not yet. Jurassic World left such a bad taste in my mouth, and the various trailers for Fallen Kingdom haven't quite managed to set my mind at rest.

I have my fingers crossed, though — tighter than you can possibly imagine.

Three months to go.

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