The Jurassic World sequel is currently in pre-production and director J A Bayona talked with Digital Spy about it.
“I think one of the reasons they called me is they wanted to go darker and scarier. They love The Impossible and they love The Orphanage. So it’s great. I think when you see Jurassic Park again, the first one, and you see that scene with the T-Rex and the kids in the car – it’s very dark; it’s very scary. I think it’s more in that vein. We’re going to go back there.”
To my mind, the bit in The Lost World where Velociraptors are picking off all those men in the undergrowth is just as scary, but this all sounds good all the same. Bayona also wants to use some animatronics:
“Colin Trevorrow is working on the script. I think both of us love animatronics and practical stuff. We’re going to try to get as much as possible. But the truth is, nowadays, the audience is so used to CGI, and they’re less and less used to animatronics. It’s kind of difficult to fit them in. It needs to be very specific if you want to use them.”
Well, young people may be used to CGI but us older folk remember a time before computer effects and some of us think it’s way overused.
“I’m very aware I’m working in a big franchise, and it’s Steven Spielberg’s creature and Colin Trevorrow’s baby. I see it more as a collaborative work between different filmmakers than a personal film. But that being said, I think there’s lots of space in there where I can feel comfortable.”
I enjoyed Jurassic World a great deal, but then I’m easily pleased when it comes to dinosaurs; I just love them! In any case, the sequel is directed by J.A. Bayona, written by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow, and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rafe Spall Rafe Spall, Toby Jones and BD Wong. It’s looking at an 8th of June 2018 release date, but Bayona’s A Monster Calls, which looks great, opens in cinemas on January 1.