Jurassic World, the fourth Jurassic Park film, was a fresh start for the franchise in a lot ways. While it certainly had many direct references to the classic film, they did not steal the spotlight, nor require knowledge of predecessors to enjoy the new installment. Featuring a mostly new cast, Jurassic World was the perfect new entry point for audiences.
However, some diehard fans have since lamented the omission of the original cast (other than B.D. Wong’s Dr. Wu who did return), and hoped the upcoming sequel would bring some of them back. While anything that drastic has yet to be confirmed, director J.A. Bayona gave some hope speaking with Cinema Blend:
[CB: will the new movie be more Jurassic World 2 or Jurassic Park 5?]
J.A. Bayona: “That’s a good question! 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.”
While speaking with us in the past, Colin Trevorrow has said the upcoming film will structurally and tonally share more in common with Jurassic Park than Jurassic World did. If you haven’t listened to that already, be sure to get on it! Colin Trevorrow also confirms more animatronics, a scarier movie, and promises not to make ‘Jurassic World War’. Those similarities aside, the new quote from J.A. Bayona seems to attribute itself to direct story references, rather than feeling more akin. While time will tell what he really means, if an original cast member does return my money is on Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm.
The news doesn’t stop there! While speaking with Comining Soon J.A. Bayona confirmed the upcoming sequel will begin filming in March 2017 – this aligns with the previous reports we heard of a late February kickoff in Hawaii. Now the question that presides is will we be given the official title and logo before that start date?
As always, stay tuned for the latest news, and sound off in the comments below! Also, if you’re hungry for some more Jurassic discussion, take a listen to our latest InGeneral Podcast episode where we talk about the casting of Toby Jones and Rafe Spall!