Despite the fact that dinosaurs are now running loose all over the globe, don’t expect Jurassic World: Dominion to be the final film in the Jurassic Park franchise. Far from it.
Jurassic World was itself the beginning of a new era for the franchise, following Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and The Lost World and Joe Johnston’s Jurassic Park III. Spielberg returned as a producer on Jurassic World, but it’s director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow who has now taken the reins of the franchise and directed Jurassic World and the upcoming Jurassic World 3. Trevorrow co-wrote and produced the follow-up Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which was directed by J.A. Bayona.
And while Jurassic World was very much an echo of the first Jurassic Park movie albeit with a fully operational park, Fallen Kingdom brought the dinosaurs to the mainland and ended with a number of them getting loose. Jurassic World: Dominion once again sees Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return to lead this new era of the franchise, but Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum are reprising their roles from the initial launch of the franchise because with dinos on the run, they need all the expert help they can get.
But Marshall’s description of Dominion as the start of a new era is interesting. Traditionally, when actors sign on for major franchises, they sign three-picture contracts. If that’s the case with Pratt and Howard, they’ve fulfilled their contracts at the end of Dominion. And with Marshall teasing a “new era,” it’s possible that Dominion might bring Owen and Claire’s stories to an end while teasing the further adventures of other new characters. Either ones that would be brand new to the franchise in Jurassic World 4, or a handoff to the younger cast members like Justice Smith or Daniella Pineda. Or maybe after Dominion, a time jump picks up with a grown up Maisie Lockwood, since she herself is a clone created using the same DNA technology that first brought the dinosaurs back from extinction.