The Hollywood Reporter and Spanish website El Pais have both reported that director of the upcoming sequel J.A. Bayona is currently on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, scouting for locations for Jurassic World 2. El Pais stated: “Bayona is in Hawaii preparing the second part of Jurassic World.”
This correlates somewhat with our report last August where we revealed that the location scouting will take place in November. Our friends at Reel News Hawaii have also heard that location scouts for the sequel are currently on island.
Deep in pre-production on Jurassic World 2, Bayona is also making the press circuits for his latest movie, A Monster Calls. Speaking with Birth.Movies.Death., the director revealed that Claire will not be wearing her infamous heels this time around, instead she’ll be wearing some form of boot, much more suited to the environment. He also revealed that there will be new dinosaurs in the film:
“Claire doesn’t wear high heels in this movie,” Bayona promises. That will make it easier for her to flee its prehistoric menagerie, which will have some additions. “There will be new dinosaurs,” the director says, and then adds, “Finding that proper balance between what the audience is expecting and new stuff is always a challenge in doing a sequel.”
While mentioning how this is the largest and most complex movie he has worked on, he discusses his love for the original and why he’s excited to be directing an instalment:
“I remember the first time I saw that first Brachiosaurus, and the huge impact it had on me,” he says. “I have always been a huge fan of Steven Spielberg, and I never thought I would end up doing a Jurassic movie. So it’s very exciting and a privilege to work with Steven, Frank Marshall and the other producers.”
In another interview with ComingSoon.net, Bayona was asked about the underlying political themes that the Jurassic Park movies have, and if the sequel will feature similar themes:
“Yeah, you’re right,” Bayona told us. “I think there’s a lot of that in the new ‘Jurassic.’ I think there’s a lot of possessiveness towards our creations. I think it’s very interesting where the new movie is heading. It’s so different from the other films, it talks a lot about the moment we live in right now. It’s darker… but at the same time it’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s a blockbuster, you have Chris Pratt, it’s a great adventure, but it’s very interesting the way the film is darker than the other ones.”
He also spoke with them about why he was offered the sequel and how it will relate to his previous films:
“You need to adapt, you need to know where you are,” suggested Bayona. “‘Jurassic’ is going to be very different from ‘A Monster Calls’ or ‘The Orphanage,’ but they called me because they loved ‘The Orphanage’ and ‘The Impossible’ and they wanted me to be leading the new ‘Jurassic.’ I think you’re going to find some stuff that will remind you of my movies. At the same time I’m very aware that this is Steven’s baby and I’m going to take care of his baby as much as possible, knowing where I am all the time.”
I am excited to hear that the sequel will be darker and hopefully it will feel more in line with the style of The Lost World. With Bayona’s background in horror and drama, I hope the sequel will feel less safe and less secured than Jurassic World, and the terror that is present in the first three movies will return.
In related news, Chris recently found two new domain names registered by Universal Pictures: IslaNublarRescueMission.com and AllCreaturesHaveRights.com. Obviously the domains lead nowhere, but it hints at what may feature in the sequel.
With scouting now taking place in Hawaii, Universal registering domain names, and auditions taking place, Jurassic World 2 is in full pre-production and will be filming in February/March of 2017.
Which new dinosaurs do you hope to see in the sequel? Let us know in the comments section below!