Bayona: “Jurassic World 2” To Be ‘Dark,’ ‘Shocking’

“The Orphanage” and “The Impossible” director J.A. Bayona takes over the helm of the “Jurassic World” sequel from the first’s Colin Trevorrow, though the latter remains onboard as writer and producer.

The other week Trevorrow said the follow-up will be more “suspenseful and scary” than the first, and now Bayona goes into more detail with EFE (via SciFied) about that tonal shift:

“It will be darker and scarier than the previous film. Obviously when you have Chris Pratt, it will also be very funny. But it will be darker. It is a second step in a trilogy, and the second step is always dark as in ‘The Empire Strikes back or the ‘Wrath of Khan,’ which are the examples you always get.

The film takes the story where it has never been before. To me, it surprised me. We are going to places where the saga has never been before, and at the same time we are paying tribute to the franchise. We will take it a step further. There are things that will happen that people are not expecting and they really are shocking.”

“Jurassic World 2” is currently slated to begin production in Hawaii and London in February for a June 22nd 2018 release. Trevorrow will executive produce and co-wrote the script with Derek Connolly.