They sure are trying to make us all excited about Jurassic World 2. First the director of the first Jurassic World Colin Trevorrow says that the sequel will be more “suspenseful and scary”. And now the second film’s director J.A. Bayona has been saying some things to whet our appetites, mentioning to EFE that:
“It will be darker and scarier than the previous film. Obviously when you have Chris Pratt, it will also be very funny. But it will be darker. It is a second step in a trilogy, and the second step is always dark as in The Empire Strikes Back or The Wrath of Khan, which are the examples you always get.”
“The film takes the story where it has never been before. To me, it surprised me. We are going to places where the saga has never been before, and at the same time we are paying tribute to the franchise. We will take it a step further. There are things that will happen that people are not expecting and they really are shocking.”
This all sounds very good to me, especially as I only watched Bayona’s superb The Orphanage for the first time the other day and The Impossible was pretty good too, though of course a lot will hinge on the script by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. While I do enjoy these films a great deal [how can I not, being a dinosaur lover?], their basic premise is really quite limiting unless they really decide to go down some strange and interesting paths.
Jurassic World 2, also starring Bryce Dallas Howard, is expected to begin production in Hawaii and London in February 2017 for a June 22, 2018 release. In the meantime, Bayona has the interesting looking A Monster Calls out soon.