VIDEO: The Complete Jurassic Park Timeline, Explained

Saturday, April 4, 2020

With over 25 years of history, the Jurassic Park franchise continues to grow. Here's a look at the film series' timeline.

One of the biggest hit cinematic franchises from the past 30 years has been Jurassic Park, adapting Michael Crichton's novels of the same name. Following a genetics company that successfully clones dinosaurs from fossilized DNA to create a theme park that allows visitors to see the prehistoric creatures in the flesh. However, things go horribly, horribly wrong on every occasion. The 1993 original film spawned its on line of sequels and merchandising, with a sixth installment currently planned for release next year.

With time jumps throughout the franchise's history marking the real-world passage of time as well as changes to its cinematic universe caused by the reintroduction of dinosaurs on Earth, the series' history can be a difficult to parse out -- especially as the current generation of Jurassic Park films largely ignore the events of all but the original film in the series. However, with its initial five installments and the prologue to this year's Jurassic World: Dominion, the ongoing narrative history isn't as overly convoluted as it may initially appear.

Check out the video to see how each of the popular film series' five current installments relate to one another in the timeline and where the upcoming sequel to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom may line up with the previous films.

From InGen CEO John Hammond's dreams of building a theme park populated by dinosaurs that could thrill and inspire the world to the corporation being taken over by nefarious businessmen seeking to use the dinosaurs and genetics technology for their own twisted ends, the Jurassic Park franchise has always showcased the consequences of using technology recklessly to blend prehistoric life with the modern world. And with Fallen Kingdom depicting the dinosaurs now running amuck beyond InGen's islands, the consequences will be on full display in Dominion.

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