I’m going to throw it out there and say that I loved Jurassic World. Yes, it had its problems but it also had some really incredible moments, especially the final fight between the T-Rex, the raptor, and the Indominus Rex. When I saw it in theaters, people actually jumped up and cheered at the end of that fight. It was a fantastic experience and I’m thrilled to have been a part of a crowd that had that much fun and energy.
It’s because of those memories that I find myself eagerly awaiting Jurassic World 2, which originally featured Colin Trevorrow as director (he did the first one). However, he bowed out to work on Star Wars: Episode IX, which you can’t really blame him for. In his stead is J.A. Bayona, who we know from The Orphanage and A Monster Calls (review).
Speaking with JurassicOutpost, Trevorrow, who is co-writing the sequel and acting as producer alongside Steven Spielberg, explained that the movie should be more intense than the Jurassic World. Additionally, it will hearken back to Jurassic Park and the filming techniques used during the making of the 1993 classic.
It will be more suspenseful and scary. It’s just the way it’s designed; it’s the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skillset.
There will be animatronics for sure. We’ll follow the same general rule as all of the films in the franchise which is the animatronic dinosaurs are best used when standing still or moving at the hips or the neck. They can’t run or perform complex physical actions, and anything beyond that you go to animation. The same rules applied in Jurassic Park.
Furthermore, Trevorrow spoke about writing the script with Bayona, which should excite a lot of people who were disappointed with Jurassic World and some of its glaring issues.
Film has become so cutthroat and competitive; it felt like an opportunity to create a situation where two directors could really collaborate. It’s rare these days, but it’s something that the directors that we admire used to do all the time—one writes and produces and the other directs, and the end result is something that’s unique to both of them. I’m in the office right now, I’ve been here every day since July working closely with J.A., listening to his instincts, and honing the script with Derek [Connolly] to make sure it’s something that all of us believe in.
As someone who has enjoyed all of the Jurassic Park films, any new entry in the series is fine by me! Just keep having dinosaurs killing people and you’ll keep getting my butt in a theater seat.