It's difficult to think of a more financially successful studio reboot of a beloved franchise in recent memory, than 2015's Jurassic World. Directed by Colin Trevorrow and starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the film went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of all time, much to the surprise of both its naysayers and those who had even given the film strong reviews leading up to its release. It doesn't come as much of a surprise then that Universal was quick to begin work on Jurassic World 2, with production on the sequel having begun just a few weeks ago.
With Colin Trevorrow prepping for Star Wars: Episode IX, the Jurassic World sequel will instead be directed by JA Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible), who will be coming to the franchise with a much different resume than Trevorrow did. While not much is known about the film's story as of yet either, it does promise to make up for one of the biggest complaints about its predecessor, in what appears to be a more extensive use of puppets and practical effects to bring its central dinosaurs to life.
Recently, Bayona took the chance to post a new behind-the-scenes photo from Jurassic World 2 through his official Twitter account. Focusing less this time on the dinosaurs themselves and more on the people working hard to bring them to life in the sequel, the photo offers just a small glimpse at one of the puppeteer teams working on the film:
— JA Bayona (@FilmBayona) March 17, 2017
While Jurassic World was met with mostly positive reviews from critics and fans upon its release, the favored use of CGI over the practical puppets and animatronics historically used in the first Jurassic Park was a flaw that most still went out of their way to point out. That's what makes Bayona such an interesting choice to direct Jurassic World 2 then, thanks not only to his previous films like The Impossible, but also last year's A Monster Calls, which utilized a healthy mix of both CGI and practical effects to bring its fantastical story to life.
Bayona has talked extensively before about why he'll be using more puppets, models, and animatronics in the Jurassic World sequel as well (much to the excitement of longtime Jurassic Park fans) - something that should bring a much more authentic feeling to the movie. There's no telling yet if Jurassic World 2 will manage to be yet another successful installment in one of Hollywood's most profitable franchises, but these sorts of behind-the-scenes changes and the level of talent involved suggest that at the very least, it should be another dino-adventure worth paying attention.
Source: JA Bayona
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