Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom director describes the sequel as dark, claustrophobic, and gothic

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Apr 18, 2018

The Super Bowl trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom teased a brand-new dinosaur that, like a T-rex running rampant in San Diego (see: The Lost World), would terrorize you in your very own home on the mainland; nowhere is safe! This new living fossil will be called the Indoraptor and will factor prominently into the sequel's second half after Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) and Owen (Chris Pratt) complete their mission on Isla Nublar to save the surviving dinos from an active volcano. 

Pratt and director J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to talk about the tone and action for Fallen Kingdom, and it sounds like the blockbuster's gonna be a lot scarier than anything you've ever seen from this franchise. For one, Bayona described the second half of the movie — whose new trailer dropped today — as "more suspenseful, darker, claustrophobic, and even has this kind of gothic element." He'd be well adept at infusing gothic horror, as he directed some episodes of Showtime's Penny Dreadful, which takes place in a supernatural (and sooty) version of Victorian England. 

“It has a wonderfully, deliciously scary third act,” noted none other than Steven Spielberg himself, executive producer of Fallen Kingdom. “J.A. knows how to create terror, but he also knows how to orchestrate it so you’re not brutalized by it, and he has the gift of restraint. But when he needs to open up the throttle, he really knows how.”

Pratt added that although they strove to "tonally match the previous movies," the sequel is also "going off in a new direction."

One of EW's photos shows Owen, Claire, and a little girl hiding behind a counter as the Indoraptor searches for them, a clear homage to the raptors-in-the-kitchen scene from the first Jurassic Park, in 1993. The new dino is a product of a lab, since the little girl says "they made it" — the vague pronoun possibly referring to someone at InGen, or maybe the company's finally learned its lesson and a different person/company has decided to make the same Promethean mistakes of the past so they can score a quick buck. 

“The worst instincts of mankind are revealed. The first film was very clearly about corporate greed. This is just about human greed," said Trevorrow, who co-wrote the screenplay with Derek Connolly. 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom erupts into theaters June 22.