UPDATE: Read the official Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom synopsis here!
Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow says the sequel - Jurassic World 2 - helmed by J.A. Bayona will be a better movie. Steven Spielberg launched the Jurassic Park franchise in 1993 with a film that has since become a classic in both the sci-fi and action/adventure genres - and is continued to be well-regarded for its use of practical effects, especially the movie's lifelike animatronic dinosaurs. Trevorrow brought movie fans back to Isla Nublar in 2015 with Jurassic World, which picked up the story of Jurassic Park 20 years later at a point when John Hammond's dinosaur theme park had become a reality.
Jurassic World received good reviews and was well received by movie fans, but its most outstanding success was at the box office. Jurassic World became one of the highest grossing films of all time, and the second top box office earner of 2015, only being surpassed by J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, of course. A sequel to Jurassic World was announced not too long after the initial film hit theaters, with Trevorrow stepping down as director - though remaining on board as a co-screenwriter with Derek Connolly. It was later revealed A Monster Calls helmer J.A. Bayona will direct Jurassic World 2, which started filming earlier this year.
Now, in an interview with Screen Rant promoting his next upcoming feature, The Book of Henry, Trevorrow discusses the different style of Bayona compared to himself and how he was able to apply lessons learned on Jurassic World to its sequel:
He is a different director but it’s interesting, we have so many similar instincts as far as suspense and family and fears of childhood and the perspective that we want to tell the story from that even though I wrote the film, it’s J.A.’s movie from start to finish. He’s just - the film looks beautiful and is exciting. We’re using more animatronics because I learned so much about how they can be utilized, so I built scenes that would allow us to use them - because they can’t run, these are the lessons. Belén Atienza has been great as well, and it’s just been something that we’ve all delved in and tried to make something deeper and richer and ideally better. I’m going to be the hype man for this movie, I think it’s going to be a better movie - sorry.
Jurassic World 2 will see the return of Jurassic World heroes Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), as well as the more villainous Dr. Henry Wu (B.D. Wong), who was responsible for creating the dangerous hybrid dinosaur Indominus Rex. In a return to Spielberg's Jurassic Park, Jurassic World 2 will feature Jeff Goldblum, returning as the fan-favorite chaos theorist Dr. Ian Malcolm. The Jurassic World sequel has also added new characters played by James Cromwell, Justice Smith, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, and Daniella Pineda.
In terms of plot, an official synopsis hasn't been released yet, but those involved with the production have revealed Jurassic World 2 will deal with animal abuse and the sequel will be "scarier" than the first movie. The scarier tone of Jurassic World 2 makes sense considering Bayona's experience directing horror with The Orphanage and, as Trevorrow explains, he wrote the film to the director's sensibilities:
That was by far the most rewarding creative experience of my life, just making a movie for another director who I respect. And I built it for him, so it’s different than maybe even the movie I would have written for myself. [It's] a Spanish horror/thriller with dinosaurs in it. And I loved doing it.
So, although fans may not be sure what to expect from Jurassic World 2 in terms of plot, the Jurassic Park series installment is aiming for a unique tone - one that will no doubt intrigue fans of Bayona's work as well as longtime fans of Universal's dinosaur franchise. Of course, it remains to be seen if Jurassic World 2 is as big of a box office hit as its predecessor or as well liked by moviegoers. However, it seems Trevorrow is confident the sequel will outshine Jurassic World, which is certainly a good sign for Jurassic World 2.