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Whether it’s Archaeopteryx, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurs Rex or the humble chicken, there’s a dinosaur for everyone out there – and still more being dug up; the Chinese Beibeilong sinensis or “baby dragon” was found inside a fossilized egg and made the news worldwide as recently as May of this year. Our near universal love of giant lizards is encapsulated by just one movie series though: Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park.

A film that made cinemagoers fear long grass the way Jaws kept an entire generation out of the water, Jurassic Park has gone through a number of plotlines over its five-movie run, with the third installment built around arguably the most baffling; namely, velociraptors that can “talk”. The success of Jurassic World repositioned the franchise as one of the top adventure movies out there though, serving as something of a “soft” reboot for the dinos.

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Jeff Goldblum

Jurassic Park’s fame goes well beyond the silver screen now though, with video games and even LEGO sets based on the movie series. A five-reel slot machine made by Microgaming and playable on the Guts casino website is a distinctly modern use of the Jurassic Park brand, featuring the likeness of Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), John Hammond (Richard Attenborough), and the female Brachiosaur from the original film.

The  Jurassic Park Online slot game is one of the more popular titles in the Guts catalogue due to its 243 paylines, range of Free Spin features, and the T-Rex Alert Mode, which can add 35 wilds to the game at any given moment. The slot is one of a number of pop culture-branded games on the Guts website, along with Game of Thrones, Hellboy, Tomb Raider: Secret of the Sword, and Hitman, a title based on Square Enix’s popular video game.

But what’s next for Jurassic Park? As the film with the third biggest opening ever, Jurassic World 2 was inevitable and has in fact already been greenlit for a June 2018 release. Starring Chris Pratt as Owen and possibly Jeff Goldblum as shirtless scientist Ian Malcolm, the fifth entry in the long running franchise will actually take its cues from the first: remember when Dennis Nedrey (Wayne Knight) tried to steal and sell InGen’s research?

Open Source

Concerned with the implications of a black or open source market in dinosaur DNA, Jurassic World 2 will ostensibly deal with a domesticated dinosaur, creatures bred for war, agriculture, transport, and other human-oriented tasks. It’s a dystopic concept that’s superficially similar to that of Greg Bear’s 1998 book Dinosaur Summer – but whether the sequel will go for a Planet of the Apes-style rebellion or a standard chompfest is anybody’s guess at this point.

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Part of the groundwork for the plot was laid in the first Jurassic World, with one of the most memorable scenes Owen’s efforts to “train” velociraptors. The idea of weaponized dinosaurs has parallels with the San Diego Incident (The Lost World) too, in which a rampaging T-Rex destroyed part of the city as it searched for its stolen child. Significantly, Jurassic World 2 will also leave the islands of Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna behind.

There’s still a year to go until Jurassic World 2’s opening night so a lot could change in the franchise’s canon before then. Regardless, as the archetypical adventure for all ages, the fifth dinosaur romp could be the movie event of the year.