Jurassic World was one of the biggest movies to hit theaters last year, taking in $652.2 million domestically and $1.67 billion worldwide, from a $150 million budget. Director Colin Trevorrow is handing over the directorial reins to J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) for the sequel Jurassic World 2, which will start production in Hawaii early next year, with Universal already setting a June 22, 2018 release date. While promoting his new film A Monster Calls, which hits theaters on December 23, J.A. Bayona revealed that his sequel will be "darker and scarier" than the original blockbuster. Here's what he had to say below, teasing examples of how other movies that have been the second installments in trilogies, have gone much darker.
"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 sequel to this sequel to Jurassic World, which will bring back Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, although no further cast members have been confirmed quite yet. Director J.A. Bayona wouldn't offer any further details in his interview with EFE, but with filming slated to begin soon, we may hear more about this sequel soon.
Colin Trevorrow, who isn't directing the sequel but did return to co-write the script with Derek Connolly and produce, revealed in an interview last week that this sequel will be a parable relating to animal abuse and medical experimentation, which falls in line with previous statements he made about the sequel featuring "weaponized animals." The sequel will also take the action off Isla Nublar, where both the original Jurassic Park and last year's Jurassic World took place.
J.A. Bayona is directing from a script co-written by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and his co-writer Derek Connolly. Back in November, Universal Pictures' chair Donna Langley revealed that Trevorrow and executive producer Steven Spielberg are developing an entire trilogy around Jurassic World, but it isn't known if a script is being written for the third movie. If a third movie does happen, it's possible that it could hit theaters in either 2020 or 2021. Hopefully we'll have more details on Jurassic World 2 as we get closer to production starting.