Director Colin Trevorrow discussed the possibility of there ever being an R-rated entry in the jurassic world franchise. The Jurassic the franchise as a whole began life nearly 30 years ago when Steven Spielberg’s original sci-fi thriller jurassic park hit the screens in 1993. This film, based on Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name, spawned a trilogy that spanned Jurassic Park 3 in 2001. However, the franchise remained dormant until 2015, when the Trevorrow-helmed jurassic world landed in theaters, launching Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard into the world of the franchise by having them attempt to save the titular theme park from being overrun by escaped dinosaurs.
jurassic world was a huge success and is still the ninth highest-grossing domestic film of all time. Although Trevorrow left the franchise for the second film, stepping down for JA Bayona to headline 2018 Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdomhe returned to the property after being let go star wars episode ix in favor of JJ Abrams. Jurassic World Dominionwhich combines the characters of jurassic world franchise with legacy characters Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), came to theaters on June 10, 2022 and climbed the charts, eventually becoming the third highest-grossing film on the national chart of the year so far.
Collider had the opportunity to speak with Trevorrow in Malta at an event promoting the upcoming extended release of Jurassic World Dominion. When asked if the public would see an R-rated jurassic world anytime soon, he shared a worry about the prospect, saying that “if a parent took their child to see this movie and horrified them for life, i know that would be a problem“However, he admitted that he would not want to”put handcuffs on anyone who has a vision for this in the future“, which implies that, even if it is possible, it is not something that he would like to lead. Read his full quote below:
It is difficult to answer this question. I do not know. I know if we did “A Quiet Place,” if we did a really scary, potentially very restrained hard R version, I know I’d want to see that movie. If a parent took their child to see this movie and horrified them for life, I know that would be a problem. Look, I don’t want to handcuff anyone who has a vision for this in the future. All I know is people love dinosaurs, people love movies with dinosaurs, and I know people love the world that [‘Jurassic Park’ author] Michael Crichton created. The reason why there are dinosaurs and humans in the same place, this sci-fi idea, it’s a brilliant idea. From there, I feel like someone else should come to us.
Franchise films and R-rated blockbusters have become a little more common in recent years. At the very least, 20th Century Fox was able to experiment with them with great success, with both the x-men franchise movies dead Pool and Logan performing incredibly well at the box office despite their R ratings. However, the rating is still widely considered to fall within comedies, dramas, and more adult-oriented action or horror films.
In the end, whatever Trevorrow says, it still seems utterly unlikely there will ever be an R-rated. jurassic world film. The films are designed to be family thrillers, allowing them to reach an audience of both people who grew up with the original films and their children. An R rating would inherently prevent many people in the film’s core demographic from being allowed to see it, or at the very least that would be the studio’s primary concern before greenlighting such a big-budget project.