The final installment of the Jurassic World trilogy won’t hit theaters until 2021, but there’s some good news for those who need a dinosaur fix: A new short film by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and writer Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising) that premiered on FX on Sunday is now free to watch.
The ending of last year’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom made a huge promise to fans of the franchise, and the bite-sized sequel, Battle at Big Rock, begins to pay it off. Though humans don’t seem too aware, the post-Fallen Kingdom world has entered a Neo-Jurassic era, with homo sapiens and dinosaurs living alongside one another. The short film takes place one year after the events of the last movie in Big Rock National Park, where a family of divorce convenes to strengthen its bonds with a camping trip. An encounter with dinosaurs turns very quickly into a fight for survival — it’s the Jurassic Park franchise, so what do you expect, really?
Starring André Holland, Natalie Martinez, Melody Hurd, Pierson Salvador, and a little baby who is not too happy about the arrival of an allosaurus, Battle at Big Rock plays out like a set piece from a feature-length Jurassic movie. There are peaceful dinos grazing in the modern world, the ungodly power of a 40-foot carnivore’s jaws tearing through a camper, and some schmaltzy metaphors about the power of family and love. Triceratopses, they’re just like us!
Oh, and make sure to sit through the credits of the short: the Big Rock family aren’t the only ones having close encounters of the dino kind.
Jurassic World 3 is scheduled to film in 2020, and like Battle at Big Rock, will explore just what a life alongside the formerly extinct means for humans. Trevorrow returns to direct the film, after producing Fallen Kingdom and departing Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in 2017.