— JA Bayona (@FilmBayona) March 15, 2017
For those who were alive to witness Jurassic Park's original theatrical run, arguably the most memorable part of the film were the eye-popping special effects used to bring the titular attraction's dinosaurs to life. A mix of practical animatronics and then state of the art CGI wizardry, Jurassic Park's dinos inspired a sense of awe in its viewers that few movies have ever managed.
While the dinosaurs in 2015 franchise reboot Jurassic World were almost entirely CGI - practical effects have become somewhat of a lost art in Hollywood at this point - the designs were still pretty great, especially for giant creatures like the engineered hybrid Indominus Rex, or the water-dwelling Mosaaurus that performs in a manner almost akin to Shamu the killer whale at Sea World.
Still, even when one is making a mega-budget, special effects extravaganza, it's important to keep things in perspective, and try not to take things too seriously. Thankfully, Jurassic World 2 director JA Bayona seems to be having no trouble in that regard, as evidenced by a video he recently uploaded to his Twitter account. The clip presents a tongue-in-cheek look behind-the-scenes at the director handling a not quite realistic T-Rex puppet. Check it out above.
Adding to the fun, Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow was in fact the person filming Bayona's amusing T-Rex roar, as revealed in the above photo. While Trevorrow opted not to return to the director's chair for Jurassic World 2, he's still very much a part of the project, both writing the script for the sequel and serving as an executive producer. While Bayona is by no means a newbie to directing (having previously helmed such acclaimed films as The Orphanage and A Monster Calls), one imagines he probably doesn't mind having Trevorrow around to bounce ideas off of.
Very little is known about the plot of Jurassic World 2 at this stage, although a recent production listing suggested that it might concern dinosaurs that have trained to carry weapons by the government. The supporting cast has been filled out since filming on the sequel got officially underway, adding heavy hitters like James Cromwell, Ted Levine, and Toby Jones. Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are also reprising their roles in the sequel, as is the now villainous Dr. Henry Wu, played once again by BD Wong.
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018