I admit that I was not an enthusiastic fan of Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World for too many reasons to list or dissect here. Sure, it delivered a bronto-sized bundle of greenbacks to Spielberg's Amblin and Universal Pictures and made shareholders very happy, but as a coherent piece of modern cinema it was sadly lacking.
The sequel to this ravenous box office beast is scheduled to stomp into theaters in 2018 and its director, J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls), is hard at work trying to craft a follow-up that surpasses the summer blockbuster in more ways than just ringing up the cash register. Trevorrow is acting as one of the film's producers and co-writers and helping to shepherd this thundering project before he dives into directing Star Wars: Episode IX.
He recently gave an update on the progress of the script and what audiences can expect when the prehistoric creatures of Jurassic World 2 stampede into theaters on June 22, 2018.
Here are some of his comments on the sequel's tone, FX and subject matter from the Jurassic Outpost podcast:
“It will be more suspenseful and scary," he said. "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.”
Regarding the collaboration process with Bayona:
“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.”
On the integration of practical vs CGI special effects in the sequel:
“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.”
“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.”
And thoughts on whether we'll see any weaponized dinos in assault mode:
“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.’”
It seems like Trevorrow and Bayona have their creative fingers on the primeval pulse of Jurassic World 2 but it's still early in the game. An official title should be revealed soon, along with more details on casting besides Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard returning to their roles.
Are you excited for this monstrous sequel and what do you think is a killer name for the offspring of Jurassic World?
(Via Comic Book Movie)