Yesterday afternoon, I posted an article in which I questioned whether a certain image Jurassic World 2 director J.A. Bayona shared on Twitter might hint that we'll see the park restored to its pre-Indominus glory in 2018's sequel, or beyond.
It's a subject of much debate within the Jurassic community, this, with an apparent majority favouring the closure of the park, assuming it to be a given, but others — myself included — thinking that it's not just possible that the park will reopen, but plausible.
I spent quite a bit of time yesterday flicking through people's various thoughts on Bayona's Tweet — I certainly wasn't the only one… — and, in doing so, encountered much of the aforementioned debate. Presented with those of others, I found myself re-examining the reasons behind my own position — but I was content to do just that, and nothing more. It didn't occur to me until I was heading out to work this morning that putting my reasons down on paper — or screen, rather… — could make for a nice follow-up to yesterday's post.
This article, as you've no doubt surmised, is that follow-up. So, without further ado, let's get started, shall we? I present to you my (purely hypothetical) case for the reopening of Jurassic World.
The obvious reason.
With falling profits having prompted the creation of the Indominus rex, money was ultimately responsible for Jurassic World's downfall — but could also prove to be its salvation. In creating the resort, Masrani Global spent $1.2 billion in construction and building materials alone, and with the park having opened to a whopping 98,120 visitors in its first month alone, it will have made the company a fortune in its ten years of operation.
I find it hard to believe that, given the relatively minor — I'll come back to that one later… — incident, the company would simply walk away from potential future earnings. They do, after all, say all press is good press, and the events of Jurassic World would certainly have drawn a massive amount of attention to the park.
And speaking of those ten years…
A DECADE OF OPERATION
Jurassic World was open for ten years without — as far as we know — any serious incident. Quite a stretch, that, and one that, I reckon, can be seen as pretty irrefutable proof that Masrani and InGen have become pretty adept at containing dinosaurs of the more standard variety.
Things didn't go awry until the creation of the Indominus. Fortunately, though, said Indominus is now — again, as far as we know… — a collection of bones on the bottom of the lagoon.* Seems fairly straightforward to me: learn from those mistakes and reopen the park, sans hybrids. Always assuming a visitor or two didn't get creative with their mobile phone, it's possible that…
THE PUBLIC DIDN'T ACTUALLY SEE THE INDOMINUS
It's an interesting point, this, because we know for a fact that a version of Jurassic World existed in which visitors waiting to be evacuated witnessed at least part of the showdown been the tyrannosaur and its monstrous cousin.
Brief and thoroughly missable though it is, part of the scene in which this took place made it into a very rough leaked trailer.
You have to wonder why the scene was cut.
Brief though it might have been, its exclusion greatly changes the state of things after the events of Jurassic World. If regular visitors didn't see the Indominus, Masrani could do quite a bit of damage control. 'I understand, people died. It was terrible.' — but the outside world needn't know just how terrible…**
As I said above, the whole thing could be presented as having been a relatively minor incident.
This one is a little bit out there, but that's the nice thing about speculation: it can afford to be.
Treetop Gazers was an in-development attraction for Jurassic World. Described as being the 'most evolved' of several new rides, it was (prior to the Indominus incident) projected to debut sometime in 2018 — which, conveniently enough, lines up perfectly with the release of Jurassic World 2.
Now, I'm not saying the sequel will throw us straight back into a fully restored park — though, I suppose, who's to say it won't? — but I do think, given the timing, this could prove to have been a subtle hint that we're not quite done with Jurassic World yet. It might, in fact, not be the only one…
Following the release of the film, the official in-universe website, was updated to display a graphic asking visitors to excuse the mess at Jurassic World. Said graphic has since disappeared, and, as far as the site is concerned, the park is functioning as normal. Might the truth be right under our noses?
IT'S A BIG, WIDE JURASSIC WORLD
The second-last argument on my list, and the first of my 'real-world' reasons.
Whatever your feelings towards Jurassic World, I think we can all agree that the park was seriously underutilised in the film. A glance at the official map —
— reveals that there was much more to the park than what we saw, and having waited for so very long to see Hammond's dream realised, this was seriously disappointing. The restoration of the park could be the perfect chance to atone for this.
THE SELFISH REASON
Having covered this one in yesterday's post, I won't spend too long here. I repeat it solely for the sake of completeness.
Simply put, I love Jurassic Park — the place itself, hence the lack of italics. When I was a kid, I spent a massive amount of time imagining that everywhere I went was somehow part of it — and I do mean everywhere. Despite its many and obvious dangers (not to mention a certain propensity for catastrophe…), I wanted it to succeed.
Opinion of the film aside, I feel the same way about Jurassic World. I absolutely think it can work, and I hope it's given the chance to. #MakeNublarGreatAgain!
THE ARGUMENT AGAINST
I'm nothing if not open to opposing viewpoints, so I think, for the sake of variety, it would be remiss of me not to mention the colossal case in favour of the park going extinct. A visit to the 'Investors' section of the Masrani website presents, perhaps, the biggest piece of evidence: an urgent memo revealing that, post-incident, the company is facing the worst financial crisis it's ever seen.
I'm prepared to admit that this might be the final nail in the coffin of my entire argument — reopening Jurassic World might be plausible, but definitely won't happen if there's no money to fund it. Unless, of course, a third party steps in…
THE CLOSING STATEMENT
Well… there it is.
Though I'm perfectly happy to be proven thoroughly wrong, I think there's a fair to decent chance we'll see Jurassic World restored in future films. I'd like to point out, though, that I don't think this means said films have to take place exclusively at the park — after all, Trevorrow has said that the focus will shift from the islands, and, as of now, there's no reason not to believe him.
Concerned that it might completely rob future instalments of a 'Jurassic' feel though I may be, I'm completely open to this — but I really think it would be a great, refreshing twist to get a film in which the park works as intended, with the tension coming from elsewhere.
As I said at the end of this article's predecessor, we'll just have to wait and see.
* As borderline insane as it would be, I think it could be pretty great if people arrived on Nublar in Jurassic World 2 to find the mosasaurus dead and its stomach conspicuously free of Indominus remains…
** This could make for a few compelling twists to the tale. What if Masrani Global assumes no one saw the Indominus, goes ahead and reopens the park, only for some visitor-shot mobile phone footage to emerge?
2011. Yes, you read that right: 2011. That’s the last time there was a Jurassic game of any real significance. Whilst an enjoyable treat, LEGO Jurassic World wasn’t at all what the majority of fans have been waiting for, and with the commercial success of Jurassic World, it should have been but an appetiser for bigger, better things to come. Well… fire the waiter, and send some raptors into the kitchen to see what’s up, because we’re still waiting for the main course.
Jurassic is a franchise that lends itself to any number of genres, and there's certainly no shortage of ideas for possible games. It really is about time one came along. Yes, there are rights involved, deals to be made and permissions to be gotten, but, let's be honest: it's going to happen.
Life will find a way, and someone will make one. Why not you?