Despite not directing Jurassic World 2, Colin Trevorrow has chosen to remain heavily involved with the sequel. It had been a long and arduous journey getting Jurassic World onto the big screen. Steven Spielberg had been working on a potential fourth installment in the beloved Jurassic Park franchise ever since Joe Johnston's Jurassic Park III hit theaters in 2001. Several writers had come and gone, pitched their own ideas for the sequel, but none of them stuck. It wasn't until Trevorrow came on board that things finally started to move forward.
Trevorrow and his Safety Not Guaranteed writing partner Derek Connolly retooled the original drafts for Jurassic Park 4 and transformed it into what eventually became Jurassic World. The film became an astounding success at the worldwide box office, and it eventually convinced Lucasfilm to hire Trevorrow to helm Star Wars: Episode IX. Of course, that also meant he wouldn't have time to return to direct Jurassic World 2. In spite of that, he has made a significant effort to remain heavily involved with the project.
While promoting his latest film, The Book of Henry, Trevorrow spoke with Coming Soon about Jurassic World 2, saying that he has been intimately involved with the sequel even though his schedule has been preoccupied with the upcoming Star Wars sequel. He explained that he wanted to be there for the director, J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls), in case there needed to be any last-minute changes to the script.
"Jurassic ended up taking up more time and attention than I expected just because I care about it so much. I surprised myself by how much I wanted to be there for J.A. [Bayona], just as a writer. I remember directing a Jurassic Park movie and how much I would have loved to have a writer to think about the dailies and wonder what alterations we could make that would make it that much more effective. I was there with him every day to try and provide something for him that I didn’t have myself."
It's unfortunate that Trevorrow couldn't return for the sequel, but it seems like Universal Pictures has found the right person to take over the reigns. Bayona has been praised for being able to create scares, such as we saw in his last film, A Monster Calls. Trevorrow confidently says that Jurassic World 2 will not only be much scarier than his film, but also a much better movie, overall.
In addition to Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprising their roles as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, respectively, the sequel also features the return of B.D. Wong as Dr. Henry Wu and Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm, among several franchise newcomers. Of course, there are still quite a lot of details that remain a mystery to moviegoers. Since there aren't any plans to debut the first trailer for Jurassic World 2 anytime soon, it might be a while before audiences find out anything about the highly-anticipated sequel.
Source: Coming Soon
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