Jurassic World was not a reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise, but it definitely did do a lot of course correcting and in a way does feel like its own franchise. So with Jurassic World 2 on the horizon, the question comes to mind; is it going to be a direct Jurassic World sequel or will it be Jurassic Park 5, so to speak. The answer is both, according to director J.A. Bayona, who is getting ready to shoot in March.
Cinema Blend recently got to interview the director, who is taking over for Colin Trevorrow, who directed the first Jurassic World. They posed the question of what exactly Jurassic World 2 is when it comes to the bigger picture of the franchise and J.A. Bayona feels as though it is a bit of a Jurassic World sequel and a bit of Jurassic Park 5. Here is what he had to say.
"That's a good question! I think somehow it's both. It's a very good question, and what we're doing is a sequel to Jurassic World, but it's definitely the fifth chapter of a longer saga. It's very interesting. It's always tricky, but you need to find a balance in what people expect to find, and the new stuff you're bringing to the story. And I think the story is looking for a connection between Jurassic World and Jurassic Park -- more than what Jurassic World did."
Jurassic World had the very difficult task of getting people back on board with the franchise after being dormant for 14 years. And the previous entry, Jurassic Park III was not exactly what anyone would refer to as a high water mark, especially when compared to the original Jurassic Park. It is interesting that J.A. Bayona says that Jurassic World 2 will have more connective tissue with the original Jurassic Park then Jurassic World did. It has been teased that the sequel will not just be dinosaurs chasing people around on an island, so we could be seeing more of a global impact of the Jurassic Park events in the world now. That would certainly be different.
Colin Trevorrow decided not to direct this time around, though he is still very much involved with the project. He is on as a producer and is co-writing the script, so he will have a big hand in shaping Jurassic World 2. This will be director J.A. Bayona's follow-up to his critically acclaimed A Monster Calls, which looks to be an awards season favorite this year. As for how the story will play out, it still remains a bit of a mystery, but we do know that both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be back to reprise their roles. The creative team behind Jurassic World 2 has also promised that the movie will be scarier, it will include new dinosaurs and it will include more practical dinosaurs.
Jurassic World definitely succeeded in getting people interested in the franchise again, as the movie made $1.67 billion worldwide. Now Universal has promised at least two more movies in the franchise, starting with Jurassic World 2 (or Jurassic Park 5, if you will) which will start shooting in March of next year. Jurassic World 2 is set for release on June 22, 2018.