WALKING IN GIANT FOOTSTEPS
It seemed like it was going to be just another day in the Jurassic fandom — a few posts here and there, but otherwise as quiet as ever. Things changed, however, at 8:14 PM.
At 8:14 PM, Colin Trevorrow well and truly set the community ablaze by sharing the first official photo from the set of the still-untitled Jurassic World 2.
And it's really something to look at.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) 8 March 2017
The still, which promptly spread like wildfire from both official accounts — including that of the film's director, J.A. Bayona — and those of fans, is, simply put, stunning.
At first glance, in fact, I thought it was concept art.
Showing a small girl — Lucy, undoubtedly — standing before a looming ceratopsian skull in a hall filled with various other fossils, it promises that 2018's sequel, whatever the quality of the story, will be a sight to behold. It's exactly the sort of look I've been hoping for since Bayona was announced as director, and I am, as you can probably guess, thrilled.
Now, it's worth bearing in mind that the final film might well look different — what with colour correction, etc. — but this is, nonetheless, incredibly encouraging.
In a recent post about Jurassic World 2, and how I'm doing my best to keep my expectations in check, I wrote that I don't want to be as excited as I am for the film, having been so disappointed by the first. But I can't help it, ladies and gentlemen — on a night like this, as enthusiasm spreads throughout the Jurassic community like wildfire, I'm excited.
Whatever awaits in a darkened cinema in June 2018, tonight is a good night. As producer Frank Marshall himself put it, 'JW2 lives!'.
For the moment, I'm glad it does.
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?