Sam Neill’s new memoir, “Did I Ever Told You That?” offered film fans a trip down memory lane with anecdotes from the greatest films of the 20th century, including “Jurassic Park” and “The Piano”. But the book also finds time to look to the future, as Neill drops a hint about a new project that may be on the way.
Neill briefly touches on the 2022 sequel to “Jurassic World: Dominion,” with Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern reprising their original “Jurassic Park” roles. He also teases that a new, longer cut of the film may be in the works.
“Colin Trevorrow, the director of ‘Jurassic World Dominion,’ a very nice man, dropped a line recently,” Neill wrote. “He’s working on a longer cut for the fans. I thought it was already long enough with lots of characters and even more dinosaurs, but there you go. Colin thinks I’ll enjoy this cut because it has at least a few more minutes of Alan Grant in it. Well, who can’t get enough of Sam Neill, right? Please read the last sentence in a wry, ironic tone.”
Fans of the long-running dinosaur franchise will just have to deal with the omission of some extra footage from “Jurassic World Dominion” that could redeem the film in the eyes of critics who largely panned it.
“To say that “Jurassic World: Dominion” squanders its potential would be to suggest that it has a lot going for it,” wrote Siddhant Adlakha in his IndieWire review. “Perhaps some other theoretical sequel to JA Bayona’s usable Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom might have been promising, as a sequel to the haunted house creature that ends with a human clone unleashing dinosaurs on our world.” But “Dominion” director and co-writer Colin Trevorrow (the man responsible for “The Book of Henry”) is the opposite of mastermind. The seeming finale of “Jurassic,” like “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” is ironic because it was Trevorrow’s job — and it sweeps aside the promise of all its predecessors. It’s a sequel whose images carry little meaning beyond what they borrow from other films, and the result is one of the worst big-budget Hollywood blockbusters since Trevorrow’s “Jurassic World.”
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