‘Jurassic World’ Official Short Film ‘Battle at Big Rock’ Finally Results in TV Series

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Two characters facing the Allosaurus in the 'Jurassic World' short film 'Battle at Big Rock'

Credit: Universal Pictures

These days, when it comes to the ongoing Jurassic franchise, chatter within the fanbase usually involves either Jurassic World 4 (2025) or “Jurassic Park: Survival” (TBA).

Of course, it’s understandable to be excited about these two upcoming sequels (which are two of three upcoming sequels), especially considering the latter is a first-person, action-adventure open-world video game set 24 hours after the original 1993 film.

But there’s one entry no one ever talks about, and it could have changed the entire franchise forever. Instead, everyone seems more concerned with a wishy-washy animated series.

Lately, fans have been salivating profusely over the new animated series Jurassic World: Chaos Theory (2024). While it’s nothing to write home about (it’s mediocre at best), it at least acknowledges the brilliant Jurassic installment in question.

Two Atrociraptors in the dark in the 'Jurassic World: Chaos Theory' trailer
Credit: Universal Pictures / DreamWorks Animation / Amblin Entertainment / Netflix

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Since its worldwide premiere online five years ago, the short film Battle at Big Rock (2019), which was helmed by Jurassic World (2015) and Jurassic World Dominion (2022) director Colin Trevorrow, has amassed over 11M views via the Jurassic World YouTube channel.

The film was part of what became a four-year marketing campaign for the then-upcoming saga-ending Jurassic World Dominion, which promised to follow through with the concept of dinosaurs running amok on mainland North America and beyond, with the previous film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018), being the catalyst for the world-changing event.

Allosaurus attacks in the 'Jurassic World' short film 'Battle at Big Rock'
Credit: Universal Pictures

However, many fans believed that Universal Pictures was also using Battle at Big Rock to test the waters for a live-action Jurassic television series.

Unfortunately, five years has brought us no closer to that dream. Instead, we’ve had five seasons of the underwhelming Netflix animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous (2020 — 2022), and now, the equally-“meh” sequel series Jurassic World: Chaos Theory.

With all that said, Battle at Big Rock has finally been given a follow-up of sorts. But before we dive in, check out the film for yourself below to catch up:

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While a taut and suspenseful addition to the franchise, at just eight minutes in length, you could say that Battle at Big Rock is a “bite-size” Jurassic installment, so perhaps it’s no wonder fans are no longer talking about it. Still, there’s no denying that the short film wields plenty of potential for the wider franchise.

But with the three Jurassic World films having each grossed over $1B worldwide, why didn’t it result in a live-action television series? Almost every major IP has either already moved to the smaller screen (Star Wars, Marvel), or is at least preparing to. So why not Jurassic?

Here’s to hoping there are already plans to bring genetically engineered dinosaurs onto our television screens. But at least Chaos Theory serves as a sequel-of-sorts to Battle at Big Rock by bringing back one pretty big character: the Allosaurus that attacks the poor family on that campsite.

In the new animated series, there’s quite a bit of focus on the fact that the Allosaurus is blind in one eye, which is the showrunners’ way of telling us it’s the same one from Battle at Big Rock, at the end of which it’s shot in the eye with an arrow by the young girl.

The incident at Big Rock is also mentioned in the first episode, so it’s nice to finally see the film get some attention. While we do see some reused footage from the short film in Dominion, the fact that the 2022 sequel failed to deliver on what Battle Big Rock was setting up is unforgivable. So here’s to hoping Jurassic World 4 will right those wrongs.

Check out the trailer for Chaos Theory below, per Jurassic World YouTube:

Jurassic World: Chaos Theory stars Paul-Mikél Williams (Darius Bowman), Sean Giambrone (Ben Pincus), Kausar Mohammed (Yasmina “Yaz” Fadoula), Darren Barnet (Kenji Kon), Brooklynn (Kiersten Kelly), and Raini Rodriguez (Sammy Gutierrez).

Camp Cretaceous seasons 1 — 5, the interactive experience Hidden Adventure, and all 10 episodes of Chaos Theory are now streaming on Netflix.

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Jurassic Park/Jurassic World Sequels in Development

There are three more Jurassic sequels in the works.

“Jurassic Park: Survival” is a first-person action-adventure video game set on Isla Nublar 24 hours after Jurassic Park (1993). Another video game currently in development is “Jurassic World Evolution 3” (TBA), which is scheduled to release sometime in the next 12 months.

Jurassic World 4 (2025) will be released in theaters on July 2, 2025. It’s being directed by Gareth Edwards (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), written by David Koepp (Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park), produced by Frank Marshall and Patrick Cowley (the Jurassic World trilogy), and executive-produced by Steven Spielberg.

It stars Scarlett Johansson (the Marvel Cinematic Universe), Jonathan Bailey (Bridgerton), Manuel Garcia-Rulfo (The Lincoln Lawyer), and Rupert Friend (Obi-Wan Kenobi). Mahershala Ali (The Green Book) and Luna Blaise (Manifest) are now also set to appear.

No actors from the previous films (Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, BD Wong, and Isabella Sermon) are expected to return.

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