Bayona Talks His “Jurassic World 2” Aims

Following the great “The Orphanage” and “The Impossible,” filmmaker J.A. Bayona returns with the upcoming fantasy “A Monster Calls” next month. It’s his next film after that though that has put him in the spotlight – the sequel to “Jurassic World”.

Talking with Cinema Blend this week, Bayona says filming on the sequel kicks off in March with pre-production already well underway. He also says that it’s as much a fifth film in the ‘Park’ saga as it is a direct sequel to ‘World’:

“I think somehow it’s both. It’s a very good question, and what we’re doing is a sequel to Jurassic World, but it’s definitely the fifth chapter of a longer saga. It’s very interesting. It’s always tricky, but you need to find a balance in what people expect to find, and the new stuff you’re bringing to the story. And I think the story is looking for a connection between Jurassic World and Jurassic Park — more than what Jurassic World did.

I think what this film does is it’s the second chapter of the story that started in Jurassic World, and it’s open to a third chapter too. It’s very interesting in the way that we’re approaching the story, and where we are leading the story. We’re leading the story to a place that the audience is not expecting, and that’s always exciting when you do a sequel.”

Bayona helms from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly while Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return to the cast and are joined by Toby Jones and Rafe Spall. The film opens June 22nd 2018.