We reported this summer that production will begin on Jurassic World 2 in late February 2017, under the direction of new director J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls). Original Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is coming back to executive produce and write the script with his longtime collaborator Derek Connolly, with the the writer-producer teasing new details about the sequel in a recent interview. It seems their script work is complete, with Chris Pratt also stating on Twitter that he is reading the script.
Colin Trevorrow revealed last year, just before Jurassic World debuted with a record-breaking $208.8 million opening weekend, that he will not come back to direct the sequel, and a few months later we learned why. The filmmaker had signed on to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, leading to J.A. Bayona boarding Jurassic World 2. Colin Trevorrow recently appeared on the Jurassic Outpost podcast, where he revealed that the sequel will be much scarier, and that he wanted J.A. Bayona to direct this follow-up from the beginning.
"It will be more suspenseful and scary. It's just the way it's designed; it's the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skillset."
J.A. Bayona made his feature directorial debut in 2007 with the critically-acclaimed horror-thriller The Orphanage, so genre fare is certainly well within the director's wheelhouse. Unfortunately, Colin Trevorrow wouldn't offer any specifics as to how this sequel will be scarier than the original, but he did confirm that there will be more animatronic dinosaurs in this sequel than in the original. Here's what Colin Trevorrow had to say, adding why Jurassic World didn't have as much animatronics work with the Indominus Rex.
"There will be animatronics for sure. We'll follow the same general rule as all of the films in the franchise, which is the animatronic dinosaurs are best used when standing still or moving at the hips or the neck. They can't run or perform complex physical actions, and anything beyond that you go to animation. The same rules applied in Jurassic Park. I think the lack of animatronics in Jurassic World had more to do with the physicality of the Indominus, the way the animal moved. It was very fast and fluid, it ran a lot, and needed to move its arms and legs and neck and tail all at once. It wasn't a lumbering creature. We've written some opportunities for animatronics into [Jurassic World 2]-because it has to start at the script level-and I can definitely tell you that Bayona has the same priorities, he is all about going practical whenever possible."
During an interview in August 2015, Colin Trevorrow teased the possibility of using weaponized dinosaurs in the sequel, a notion first brought up by Vincent D'Onofrio's character Hoskins in last year's Jurassic World. It seems the writer is going in a different direction now, revealing that he liked the idea in theory, but it doesn't seem like it will happen in the sequel. He also revealed that the idea was first presented in an earlier script for the first Jurassic World, although it was much different.
"I'm not that interested in militarized dinosaurs, at least not in practice. I liked it in theory as the pipe dream of a lunatic. When that idea was first presented to me as part of an earlier script it was something that the character that ended up being Owen was for, that he supported, something that he was actively doing even at the beginning. Derek and I, one of our first reactions was 'No if anyone's gonna militarize raptors that's what the bad guy does, he's insane.'"
In related news, Bryce Dallas Howard squashed an online rumor that she was "fighting" with her Jurassic World 2 co-star Chris Pratt, stating that it's not true and she "worships" Chris Pratt, while counting the days until shooting begins in February. Chris Pratt also responded on Twitter, revealing that he was reading the script yesterday, stating it was "so awesome." Take a look at Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt's tweets below, as we get closer to Jurassic World 2 starting production.
Love you too Bryce! Just reading the script right now! 😮🤐😲 So awesome! Round two baby!!! https://t.co/JF1Isv8kUS— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) September 29, 2016