After too many damn years, Hollywood finally hit the nail on the head when it came to a Jurassic Park sequel that proved that the fourth time was the charm. With over $1.6 billion in the bank from global ticket sales, another sequel was a foregone conclusion for Universal Studios. The only problem? Director Colin Trevorrow ditching the director’s hotseat for a similar job in a galaxy far, far away as he prepared to take the helm of Star Wars Episode IX.
Universal Studios eventually settled on J.A “The Orphanage” Bayona taking over on Jurassic World 2, while Trevorrow will help produce the film based on a script that he co-wrote with Derek Connolly. Production kicks off early next year on Jurassic World 2, and in a podcast with at the Jurassic Outpost via Collider, he outlined ideas to make use of Bayona’s horror background to craft a film with a higher level of intensity:
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.
With Bayona directing, Trevorrow also wanted to reignite something seldom seen in movies these days: Collaborations. Much like the days of old when Steven Spielberg worked together with George Lucas on the Indiana Jones movies, Trevorrow wants a familiar sense of co-operation between the story he happens to be producing that Bayona will be directing from:
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 to make sure it’s something that all of us believe in.
Much like previous Jurassic movies, Trevorrow also wanted to stress that the sequel will be a blend of practical and digital effects on the big screen:
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.
Jurassic World however, relied a lot more on digital than it did on practical, especially with the controversial Indominus Rex creature. But as Trevorrow explained, it would have been impossible to create this new Rex using any other medium in Jurassic World:
I think the lack of animatronics in Jurassic World had more to do with the physicality of the Indominus, the way the animal moved. It was very fast and fluid, it ran a lot, and needed to move its arms and legs and neck and tail all at once. It wasn’t a lumbering creature. We’ve written some opportunities for animatronics into [Jurassic World 2]—because it has to start at the script level—and I can definitely tell you that Bayona has the same priorities, he is all about going practical whenever possible.
One story thread you won’t see brought back in Jurassic World 2? The idea of militarised dinosaurs, as that was an idea that was teased and concluded entirely in Jurassic World:
I’m not that interested in militarized dinosaurs, at least not in practice. I liked it in theory as the pipe dream of a lunatic. When that idea was first presented to me as part of an earlier script it was something that the character that ended up being Owen was for, that he supported, something that he was actively doing even at the beginning. Derek and I, one of our first reactions was ‘No if anyone’s gonna militarize raptors that’s what the bad guy does, he’s insane.’
Jurassic World 2 is knee-deep in pre-production right now, as it gears up for a June 2018 release.
Last Updated: November 30, 2017