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Jurassic Park: A Brief History of the Dinosaur Disaster Franchise

Earlier this year, a sequel to the 2015 release Jurassic World and the fifth film in the Jurassic Park series was finally officially announced. Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow have returned to write this sequel, though J. A. Bayona will be directing in Trevorrow’s stead. Perhaps the most exciting news we’ve received so far is that Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong are just some of the stars that will be returning to reprise their roles, plus Jeff Goldblum will apparently be returning to his role as Dr Ian Malcolm. Apparently, the iconic T Rex will also be making an appearance. As far as we know Jurassic World 2, which may be titled Ancient Futures, is scheduled for release on June 22, 2018.

As fans of the film franchise will know, the Jurassic Park series began back in 1990 when Stephen Spielberg and Universal Studios purchased the rights to Michael Crichton’s novel, which hadn’t even been published at the time. Clearly, Universal Studios knows a good story when they see one and couldn’t wait to share the story of a doomed theme park packed full of cloned dinosaurs.

In 1993, Spielberg’s Jurassic Park hit cinemas and within just a few weeks the movie had earned over $914 million worldwide, making it the most successful movie release in history at the time. Even now, over twenty years since the film’s initial debut, Jurassic Park is the world’s 17th highest grossing feature film ever and Spielberg’s most successful release.


Of course, Jurassic Park also had a large impact on popular culture due to its success. From June 1993 to August 1997, Topp Comics released a number of comic books before IDW Comics took over in 2010. There have also been a number of games released, with the most recent release being 2015s Lego Jurassic World for Playstation, Nintendo and Xbox consoles. There is even a Jurassic Park slot, which is available here at BitCasino, the world’s first licensed Bitcoin online casino.

Many sequels followed after the success of the Jurassic Park novel and movie adaptation. The second instalment The Lost World: Jurassic Park was released in 1997 and though it received mixed reviews, the film itself broke box office records upon its release. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Jurassic Park III, which received a lot of negative reviews upon its release in 2001. Sure the action was exciting to watch and Sam Neill stars as Alan Grant from the first movie, but any movie that features a talking raptor dream sequence is going to be a bit of a cringefest.

It wasn’t until 2015 that the film franchise received a new instalment, despite the fact Spielberg had already come up with a fourth story back in 2001. Following a number of drafts and rewrites, Rise of the Planet of the Apes screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver finally took on Jurassic World in 2012. In 2013, Colin Trevorrow was revealed to be the director and the film was finally released on June 12, 2015, receiving mostly positive reviews.

Now, not only is Jurassic World 2 already in pre-production but there is also a sixth film on the way. We don’t know much about this sixth installment as of yet, but we hope that the Jurassic Park franchise continues to get the sequels it deserves.

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