Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World: Dominion won’t debut in cinemas for quite some time. Despite an illness that caused long gaps in production, the production finished on schedule in 2020. It has been scheduled to have post-production from 2021 to 2022, with a plan to make it one of the biggest blockbusters of 2022. Despite our lengthy wait, Universal Pictures managed to wow CinemaCon attendees with a sneak peek of footage from the movie this afternoon.
At today’s theater owner convention, there was a lot of speculation about Universal unveiling information about Jurassic World: Dominion in Caesars’ Colosseum. Audience members, in fact, thought the studio might even present some footage. In the end, Universal finished their presentation in the Colosseum by featuring Jurassic World: Dominion as the last film discussed. We didn’t receive a trailer or longer first look, but rather, a behind-the-scenes clip was released, including interviews with the movie’s actors and director, as well as a few glimpses of the action.
As you may recall, Jurassic Environment: Fallen Kingdom’s final moments saw every kind of dinosaur breaking out of their cages and infiltrating the world around them, which is a motif you’ll see throughout Jurassic World: Dominion. The director, Colin Trevorrow, shares his idea in a video clip that if dinosaurs were alive today, would you be safe? “I’m afraid not.”
The video showed that many iconic dinosaurs were returning, including those that had not seen in many years. The obvious beasts, such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptors, and Brontosaurus, look magnificently cool, even while creating all sorts of trouble. One of the biggest surprises of the movie was the fact that the audience got to see the Dilophosaurus in it. As viewers know, this dinosaur famously attacked Wayne Knight’s Nedry in Jurassic Park, biting him in the neck and spitting black venom in his face before eating him.
The Jurassic World: Dominion trailer showed dinosaurs in cold settings, but it didn’t give much information regarding time and location. The series has always set the film in locations with tropical creatures (ahem, Jurassic Park and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom), or at least urban ones (Lost World, if you’re keeping score). It’s really cool to watch them traversing in the cold like it’s no big deal. I’m not sure how well they’ll deal with climate change since these aren’t the kind of animals you’d usually assume would thrive in the cold, but I think it looks amazing nonetheless.
We did not see a lot of human characters in the Jurassic World: Dinosaur Show video and they have a notable cast that brings together the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World casts. We did see some fun snippets of the movie, including interview footage with Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Sam Neill, but there was little interaction between characters and almost no spoken conversation. I’ll gripe about it, but seeing Neill wear his Alan Grant helmet while waving a light in front of a screaming dinosaur was really something spectacular.
The new Jurassic World film, Jurassic World: Dominion, will hit theaters on June 10, 2022, and even though the footage released at CinemaCon is unlikely to leak online, the movie should still have an official trailer out fairly soon, and all of the movie-going public will be able to see the new trilogy finale that way.