In recent years a number of blockbuster franchises with overarching storylines spanning multiple films, plus spinoffs like series have made attempts to synergize media to create sprawling worlds that can draw in audiences across age groups and demographics. One obvious example is Marvel Studios’ MCU, which tied together, with varying success, numerous general-audience superhero films and grittier, mature shows on Netflix streaming. Then there is Lucasfilm with their hit “Star Wars” films being expanded with critically-acclaimed animated spinoffs. One other studio taking the plunge with inter-media franchise connectivity is with Universal’s “Jurassic Park/World” universe, as an animated side-series’ next season has been revealed to tie into an upcoming movie sequel.
Comic Book Resources has it that the upcoming second season of animated series “Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous” on Netflix, and even a possible season 3 might help to set up the upcoming third installment of the “Jurassic World” trilogy, “Jurassic World: Dominion.” This possibility was shared by “Dominion” director Colin Trevorrow, who also serves as executive producer for “Camp Creatceous.” He does respect the work of the actual writers for the Netflix animation, which tells a story concurrent with the first “Jurassic World” from 2015. But it never hurts to sneak in references further tying this spinoff to larger events.
“This season — and if we’re granted further opportunities to tell the story that we have — will keep weaving in to the larger story and really inform some things, even in Dominion that will connect to discoveries made that I’m really excited about,” remarks Trevorrow. Such a development is not far off-field. “Camp Cretaceous” focuses on a group of teenage campers who are the first to experience the titular Camp Cretaceous, a new expansion area of the Jurassic World theme park on Isla Nublar. Unfortunately, they arrive just before the events of the 2015 film, and at the end of the first season the kids are stranded while everyone else evacuates.
That is quite the pickle for the cast of this series, the first story-canon spinoff of the “Jurassic Park/World” franchise. After all, as 2018’s “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” shows, Isla Nublar is going to go boom in a volcanic eruption, and nobody knows how long the Camp Cretaceous survivors will be stuck there. At least, it will not be known until “Camp Cretaceous” season 2 premieres on Netflix January 22. As for “Jurassic World: Dominion,” directed by Colin Trevorrow and unifying the “World” and original “Park” casts (Chris Pratt and Sam Neill), it will arrive in cinemas by June 2022.
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