Jurassic World Dominion (2022) is the second highest-grossing movie of 2022, having devoured over $1 billion worldwide. And though it was marketed as being the last film in the Jurassic Park franchise, this is very unlikely to be the case.
Producer Frank Marshall has already said that there will be more to come, while Jurassic World Dominion director Colin Trevorrow has hinted towards an R-rated installment, and explained that the latest film lays the groundwork for future stories.
But even putting all that aside, the six films have grossed a combined $6 billion at the global box office. In other words, another sequel is inevitable. We don’t know what that looks like yet, but there’s a lesser-known entry in the series that deserves a big-screen adaptation.
Set four years after the events of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), Jurassic World Dominion revolves around dinosaurs living in the human world. As such, an illegal dinosaur trade market has emerged, and we get a tiny glimpse of this during the first act of the film.
We see dinosaurs being sold to shady buyers, and even dead ones being roasted on spits. But more interestingly, there are dinosaurs being entered into fights. This is all background stuff, though, and it’s a shame the film doesn’t expand upon the black market sequence a bit more.
However, while dinosaur battles have long been a staple experience of a Jurassic Park/Jurassic World movie (of the more epic and third-act variety, of course), the black market sequence actually reminds us of a lost and forgotten Jurassic Park video game from 1999.
If the Jurassic Park gaming-verse wasn’t already pretty versatile (The Lost World: Jurassic Park game and the Jurassic World: Evolution series being great examples), Warpath: Jurassic Park (1999) might be considered a stand-out title, as it’s the “Street Fighter” of the franchise.
That’s right — it’s a fighting video game in which the player can choose a dinosaur to fight against other dinosaurs in a variety of iconic backdrops from the first two films, Jurassic Park (1993) and The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997).
While it might seem pretty bizarre on first glance, this concept feels like the next logical step from Jurassic World Dominion, and wouldn’t seem at all out of place in a series where all but one of its entries (The Lost World: Jurassic Park) feature an epic dinosaur fight.
Whether it’s the dinosaur trade market or a new shady bioengineering corporation like Biosyn, there are many ways to explain how dinosaurs would be pitted against one another in a large arena as seen in the 1999 game, and just as many ways to explain why, be it for military or entertainment purposes.
Returning characters could include ex-air force pilot Kayla Watts (DeWanda Wise), Biosyn whistle-blower Ramsay Cole (Mamoudou Athie), and raptor wrangler-turned-French CIA operative Barry Sembene (Omar Sy), all of whom deserve so much more screen time.
So, the follow-up to Jurassic World Dominion is already there, waiting for Universal Pictures to adapt it into the next sequel, whether it’s a Jurassic Park/Jurassic World prequel or even a live-action television series.
As per the Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment website, here’s the official synopsis for Jurassic World Dominion:
From Jurassic World architect and director Colin Trevorrow, Dominion takes place four years after Isla Nublar has been destroyed. Dinosaurs now live — and hunt –alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history’s most fearsome creatures.
Jurassic World Dominion is directed by Colin Trevorrow and stars Bryce Dallas Howard (Claire Dearing), Chris Pratt (Owen Grady), Mamoudou Athie (Ramsay Cole), Isabella Sermon (Maisie Lockwood), Omar Sy (Barry Sembène), BD Wong (Henry Wu), Campbell Scott (Lewis Dodgson), DeWanda Wise (Kayla Watts), Jeff Goldblum (Dr. Ian Malcolm), Sam Neill (Dr. Alan Grant), and Laura Dern (Dr. Ellie Sattler).
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