Whilst talking all things Jason Bourne with Steve Weintraub over at Collider, Frank Marshall dropped a little more info about Jurassic World 2, confirming that they’ll will indeed be returning to Hawaii and that pre-production is well underway in London. While most of this was shared in a prior article, the Hawaii confirmation is new!
COLLIDER: I want to jump onto something else, I recently spoke to Bryce [Dallas Howard] for Pete’s Dragonand she mentioned to me that you guys are gonna start filming the nextJurassic World early next year, and I saw a little promo poster when I was at CinemaCon. So I have to ask you, with Jurassic World, what was your wishful number at the worldwide box office and how much did you just demolish it, were you prepared for this kind of crazy success?
MARSHALL: No, I wasn’t, and that’s the honest truth. I was hoping to open at 100, they were projecting 100 which is huge, and that would’ve be the biggest opening for a movie that I’ve produced, but we pretty much doubled my expectations [Laughs] at every turn.
COLLIDER: I’m very excited about your director for the sequel, what can you tease people about where you’re at in the development process?
MARSHALL: We’re in pre-production, in fact I just got back from London from meeting with Juan Antonio [Bayona] and the production designer. We’re designing, he’s doing storyboards, and we’re in full pre-production to start shooting sometime early next spring.
COLLIDER: If I’m not mistaken, Colin [Trevorrow] and his writing partner, Derek [Connolly], developed a story for the sequel, are you guys still sticking with that story, or has Bayona taken more of an ownership of the story?
MARSHALL: No, as a director Bayona has his input but Colin and Derek are writing the script, so there have been numerous meetings and we have the template for the movie, but of course he’s putting in his own ideas and taking ownership of it, but it’s pretty much the same story that they originally came up with.
COLLIDER: Do you look at the challenge of coming up with new action set pieces with dinosaurs as something exciting, is it nerve-racking, can you talk about the pressure on one-upping what you’ve done before?
MARSHALL: I think we have that pressure both on Bourne movies and on Jurassic movies [Laughs], we set the bar pretty high. For me it’s always about story, as long as the action sequences move the story forward, that’s what’s important, and I think just having to look and see how we can involve the characters in the story with whatever dinosaur we have in the action sequence. So, it’s a challenge but a healthy challenge.
COLLIDER: I believe you guys shot in Hawaii last time, are you shooting again in Hawaii or are you going to new locales?
MARSHALL: Yes, we’ll be shooting again in Hawaii just like the last one.
It’s very exciting that we have further confirmation that Jurassic World 2 will be returning to the beautiful locales of Hawaii. Rejoice, Reel News Hawaii! Curiously, the wording almost alludes to it being the primary setting, but perhaps Frank was keeping the answer simple to avoid letting more slip. I’m certainly up to seeing more of the islands, but also very hopeful the latest sequel will introduce brand new locations and environments as well.
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