Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will feature a reunion between two old friends, a dinosaur rescue mission, an active volcano, Jeff Goldblum, and another genetically-enhanced beast. Even with so many moving parts in the sequel directed by J.A. Bayona, co-screenwriter Colin Trevorrow reportedly wanted to stuff even more things into the plot that he eventually had to be reined in by producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley, who told him to save some of it for the third film.
"He wanted to go much further in the second one. And we all sort of looked at it and said, I don’t think everybody’s ready for that," Crowley told /Film. "Pull it back a little. It was just in terms of the length of the time of the storytelling. He had started here and went all the way to there.”
"[When Colin] came in, I think he’s been thinking about this since Jurassic World where we’re gonna go in 2 and 3," added Marshall. "So it was just a question of how far we were gonna go in 2. So he kind of had it all sketched out. And basically from what I remember he brought a treatment in. I mean, I don’t think we sat down and talked to him about it."
Despite all the spectacle and action, the producers wanted to spend a bit more time on developing the human characters who actually anchor the narrative. As we know from the first trailer for Fallen Kingdom, Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) had a falling out between the events of the last movie and Fallen Kingdom. They had fallen for each other, but something went sour in their relationship and Claire comes to Owen after all this time, seeking his help in a mission to save the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar from an upcoming volcanic eruption.
"Well we really felt we needed to spend time to get to know Chris and Bryce again," Marshall continued. "Where they’d been in three years. Because as you’ll see, there’s a big change in her. She’s realized that she made a mistake and that it was responsibility, not her fault, but she was part of what happened. So she’s now trying to make up for it. Trying to do better and Chris is pretty much still a loner on his own. Not wanting to deal with anything. So we had to set that up."
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will gorge itself on fresh human meat when it stomps into theaters everywhere June 22.