Jurassic Park & World: 10 Questions A Prequel Series Could Finally Answer
The Jurrasic Park novels and film sequels hint at potentially major events occurring much earlier. A prequel series could tackle some big questions.
The Jurassic Park franchise extends its mythos across video games, movies, toys, and most recently, a Netflix series. As the series grows, audiences learn more and more about the evolving world presented within. However, the novels and film sequels hint at potentially major events occurring much earlier.
In fact, some of these events might have a lasting impact on the story. Fans have several theories about what exactly happened on Isla Sorna, also known as Site B. It seems to be where the bulk of InGen's work occurred. Even still, the new canon leaves audiences with more questions than answers. Perhaps a prequel series is just what the franchise needs.
10 - How Did Biosyn Find Out About The Park?
One of the most intriguing aspects of the book series by Michael Crichton was the ongoing corporate war involving InGen and Biosyn. Steven Speilberg showed audiences a taste of this war in his adaptation of the first book, when Dennis Nedry meets with Lewis Dodgson. Other than Nedry failing to achieve his objective, audiences never really see much else from Biosyn.
A prequel series has the potential to set up a storyline in which Biosyn meddled with the park prior to the events of the first film. This gives writers a chance to flesh out the on-screen version of the rival company and further explain their interest in dinosaur DNA.
9 - What Else Was InGen Up To On Sorna?
In The Lost World: Jurassic Park, audiences learn of a mysterious secondary island that InGen refers to as Site B. John Hammond explains to Dr. Ian Malcolm that Isla Sorna is where InGen's true focus lies. This island is where the company fine-tuned its genetic techniques and grew dinosaurs before transporting them to the park. After the storm from the first movie, Site B shut down, but the animals remained, creating a sort of biological preserve.
Later on, in Jurassic Park 3, Dr. Grant and the Kirbys stumble upon an embryonic lab during their nightmarish stay on Site B. Inside the lab, they see stasis chambers with seemingly failed spinosaurus specimens. Does this mean InGen's spinosaurus was actually their first hybrid? A prequel series could drop kernels of information on a secret project led by Dr. Henry Wu to further elaborate.
8 - Was Ian Malcolm Involved With InGen Prior To The First Film?
In the original Jurassic Park novel, Dr. Ian Malcolm was actually a consultant for the park, prior to the events of the first story. InGen designed state of the art servers that only one of the world's greatest mathematicians could help bring to life. Unfortunately, the first film fails to confirm this as movie canon.
Dr. Malcolm could appear in a prequel series. He may be involved with designing some of the computer systems for Site B, as well as the main park. This would better tie the film to its book counterpart and explain his "chaotician" outlook on the park later on. To further cement this, he could witness a fatal accident during his supposed first stay on the island.
7 - Just How Close Were John Hammond And Benjamin Lockwood?
The character of Benjamin Lockwood was created solely for Jurassic World. He was neither in the original trilogy nor the books, but he is loosely based on a book character known as Norman Atherton. Lockwood's account of his friendship and partnership with Hammond suggests the two were great friends at some point, before falling out. In the film's canon, it's difficult to take this as anything more than forced retcon.
A prequel series can better tie the characters together, making for a more fluid film canon. Lockwood claims that his daughter visited the park prior to the events of the first film. This is the perfect setup to show Lockwood on-site along with an adult Maisie.
6 - How Did Site B Function Before The Storm?
The second film introduced the mysterious Site B. It expanded on what audiences knew about InGen and laid the foundation for the possibility of more sinister projects. While the third film saw a return to Site B, the only new information it added was the possibility of spinosaurus experiments and the pteranodon facility. How many more facilities existed on the island and what did Site B really look like before the storm?
A series set on Sorna has the grand opportunity to not only give background to how dinosaurs are created and raised, but also plant seeds for secret experiments conducted by Dr. Henry Wu.
5 - Did Any Dinosaurs Get Off The Island Before The Lost World?
While it's not mentioned in the film, the first novel begins the story with sightings of a strange new reptile in Costa Rica. This climaxes with a truly disturbing scene and promotes the idea that the park is not secure. There was no adaptation of this scene in the film, suggesting the animals were well-contained.
A series set before the events of the first film has the opportunity to adapt a similar scene. Supply ships traveling two and from the islands are the most likely route a dinosaur might take to leave the island. This presents an interesting problem that characters could face in the series.
4 - Were Other Paleontologists Involved With InGen?
Neither the films nor the books suggest InGen had any sort of business relationship with outside scientists. It poses long unanswered questions to fans of how a team of scientists would be able to create and manage dinosaurs without a dinosaur expert. As seen in the first film, InGen is outsourced to miners to, at least, secure amber, but the owner of the mine isn't suggested to be a dinosaur expert.
A paleontologist either visiting or living on Site B can offer assistance to caring for the animals and preparing for diverse behaviors. They might better understand what to feed the dinosaurs and how often to feed them. It also offers a chance to see a conflict between a paleontologist and InGen (or more specifically, Dr. Wu) on how to handle certain issues.
3 - Did InGen Have Other Projects Like The San Diego Park?
Audiences received a fascinating look at a secondary park in the second film. Hammond wanted to give the world a more accessible version of Jurassic Park because the film version of the character believed everyone deserved to see dinosaurs. According to concept art shown in the film, it was meant to be a small zoo with an amphitheater at its center to showcase larger animals.
The first novel mentions additional parks in both Europe and Japan that would open soon after Nublar. These mentions offer no further details, but a prequel series could. At the very least, it's the chance to hint at planned dinosaurs at these parks, along with showing concept art similar to that of Jurassic Park San Diego.
2 - Did Anyone Attempt To Train Dinosaurs Before Jurassic World?
In Jurassic World, audiences see Owen Grady leading a project involving the taming of a pack of velociraptors. It was a concept unseen before in the franchise, leaving some fans feeling jaded. The film explains the end goal of this project was to use the pack as military weapons, to Grady's chagrin.
The third film hints at experimentation on spinosaurus. Considering the animal seen in the film was a massive apex predator capable of killing a tyrannosaur, could it be for a military project? Why else would they create a super predator at that time without InGen's oversight? A prequel series would occur around the time of these events and further explain attempts at dinosaur training and modification.
1 - Were There Failed Experiments On Site B That Never Made It To The Park?
The embryonic lab featured in Jurassic Park 3 shows audiences that geneticists were experimenting with spinosaurus for some greater plan. Within large stasis chambers are bodies of fetal spinosaurs, some of which appear to have deformities.
A prequel series set on Sorna would explain if there were other secret experiments occurring on the island. The Kenner toy line Jurassic Park Chaos Effect showed a series of hybrid animals, such as the Ultimasaurus, long before Jurassic World. This might suggest that there were plans by Universal to feature hybrids in the Jurassic Universe as early as the second installment in the franchise.