Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 2 and Crossover Teased by Producers
Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous has yet to be officially renewed for a second season. Yet if you’ve finished all eight episodes of the new animated series on Netflix, you know that the series practically demands one: While counselors Roxie and Dave (Jameela Jamil and Glen Powell) managed to get off the island during the evacuation that followed in the wake of the Indominus Rex’s rampage—much to their reluctance—all six of their young campers got left behind. Abandoned on the island. Worse still, they’re separated, with most believing Ben Pincus (Sean Giambrone) is dead and that their cute baby Anklyosaurus pet, Bumpy, is also lost.
So the park might be closed, but Camp Cretaceous definitely remains open, potentially forever. Or at least until a volcanic explosion destroys Isla Nublar (watch Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom for more). So with the prospect of the kids being lost on the island for months or years going into a second season, we had to ask executive producers Colin Trevorrow and Scott Kreamer during an interview roundtable this week if they already were breaking down the concept for season 2. Could it be Lord of the Flies but with a T. Rex?
“Where we leave the kids at the end of the season is they’re alone on this island and they only have each other,” Kreamer said. “So I would imagine if we were to do more, it would definitely be set in a survival story or a ‘get off the island’ story, or I guess, ‘I got to make it’ story.”
Trevorrow elaborated by noting how they wanted to flip a familiar narrative trope on its head in a potential Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous Season 2.
“There’s often a suggestion, when we talk about survival after a disaster in these movies, that a bunch of mercenaries might be left behind on the island,” Trevorrow said with a small laugh. “And it felt like those mercenaries would be fine; it needs to be a bunch of pre-teens!”
Humor aside, however, Trevorrow is taking very seriously the prospect of more Camp Cretaceous. So much so he later hinted that if the new series continues to be well-received by fans that there is the possibility the characters on the series may affect or influence future movies.
“I think what we did is we were able to learn our world so much better simultaneously, because all of these writers were intimately familiar with everything we were doing in [the movies],” Trevorrow said. “I didn’t keep any secrets at all, that’s just not how I am. I certainly tell our actors what we’re doing, because I think if they had been in a vacuum like that, it would’ve been impossible to build something that felt like it was part of the same story.”
So on the prospect of a Camp Cretaceous influencing or crossing over with future movies, the Jurassic World: Dominion director teased, “We have built a real foundation here [with the animated series] that if the audience chooses to let us go forward, we really can weave this this quilt together in a way that is really new and really exciting, and pretty unexpected. All we need is permission from the audience to do so.”
While that is not a firm confirmation on Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous “weaving” with future movies, particularly Dominion, which is currently filming, it certainly leaves the door open for the animated series to influence future movies. Keep in mind that Dominion is being presented as the end of the Jurassic World trilogy. But as Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm says during the Fallen Kingdom finale, this is only the beginning. “Humans and dinosaurs are now going to be forced to co-exist… we’ve entered a new era.”
So even as one trilogy ends, Earth becoming a Jurassic World is only starting, and these kids—assuming some of them get off the island—could find themselves the stars of a live-action movie where our world is going to become a lot more like their camp…