Jurassic World was, oddly enough, one of last year’s most divisive movies. Some people thought it was just another in a long line of sequels to classic blockbusters that didn’t manage to capture the spirit of the original, while others saw it as a fitting continuation of the story, and definitely better than the first two underwhelming sequels. Regardless of which camp you belong to, there’s no denying that Jurassic World was a massive success, grossing more than $650 million dollars domestically and almost $1.7 billion worldwide.
So of course there’s going to be a sequel. While director Colin Trevorrow won’t be returning, presumably to prepare for directorial duties on Star Wars: Episode IX, J.A. Bayona will be taking over for the sequel, which is set to start production in March of 2017. The Orphanage director Bayona is probably the best choice for the film, with experience in horror and larger scale blockbuster filmmaking – his upcoming release A Monster Calls is said to be a better BFG than Spielberg’s own adaptation from earlier this year – and there’s no doubt that he’s capable of bringing the necessary balance of scares, thrills, and edge-of-your-seat action for a great Jurassic World movie. According to an interview with Coming Soon, Bayona is quoted as saying:
“Every story is different and you need to find the depth of every story and try to express it on the screen,” says Bayona. “The ‘Jurassic World’ sequel is a more collaborative filmmaker experience, not only with Colin Trevorrow, but also with Steven [Spielberg] and with Frank Marshall. It’s their baby as much as it is mine. It’s about sharing views and working together to bring the story to life. But, at the same time, the way I face telling a story is to find something very personal. I think there will be plenty of myself also in the film.”
I don’t think anybody expected there to be five Jurassic Park movies spanning over the course of nearly 25 years, but that’s the thing about dinosaur destruction movies. They’re as timeless as they are extinct. Are you excited to see another sequel in the Jurassic series or has this franchise run its course? Let us know in the comments section below!
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