You can't talk about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom without mentioning that this year marks the 25th anniversary of Jurassic Park. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie opened on June 11, 1993. One of the many nifty things about Fallen Kingdom is that it includes some cool callbacks and homages to the original film and its sequels.
During the recent press junket for the sequel to Colin Trevorrow's Jurassic World (2015), director J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible, A Monster Calls) admitted to SYFY WIRE's Whitney Moore that he "really liked to make references to those movies" due to the emotional connection we have to the original trilogy.
Bayona also discussed the fact that Fallen Kingdom features some real horror elements, ***BEGIN SPOILER ALERT*** with the second part of the film taking place in a mansion.***END SPOILER ALERT***
"I think we all love to be scared by dinosaurs, and we all remember not only moments of suspense but horror in the first Jurassic Park," Bayona told us. "The first time we are in front of the T-Rex, or the velociraptors chasing the kids in the kitchen, are pretty horrific in that sense; and we all love those scenes and the kids love those moments, so I really wanted to capture back some of those emotions in this film."
Bayona also discussed using CGI dinosaurs versus the practical effects. The award-winning director explained that "it's always a combination of CGI and animatronics which makes the scene successful in terms of the special effects," adding the movie is about our "relations toward dinosaurs." That is why it was important for him to have actors playing in front of something real.
He also teased the post-credits scene (meaning stay in your seats until the very end, folks) by saying, "The movie opens a gate to possibilities that we've never seen before in the Jurassic Universe and in that sense I think it's pretty cool to hint a little bit of the things that we're going to see in the third movie."
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will roar into theaters on June 22.
Additional material by Nathalie Caron.