Colin Trevorrow has his hands filled directing Star Wars: Episode IX, so he’s only handling the writing duties of Jurassic World 2, and has handed over the directors chair to J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage). Fans of Trevorrow’s film shouldn’t be dismayed however, as he explained to CinemaBlend why the fifth film in the franchise is set to be the scariest one yet:
“J.A Bayona is very good at [creating scares]. There are things that he’ll just do with a shadow, or a rustling curtain on a wall. He’s so tapped into that kind of fear, especially the fear through the eyes of a child. He and I are just simpatico, as an American and a Spanish person. We may be the mirrors of each other. It is by far the most satisfying collaboration of my life”.
That’s high praise. Trevorrow went on to explain how the franchise will be taken to new places while still retaining the magic that made the first film the highest grossing film ever, at the time:
“First of all I think the mainstream loves being scared, and I think the scares in the first movie were made to make children think like they were seeing something horrifying, that their parents shouldn’t be allowing them to see. We have that a little bit here.
But there’s also that same big, fun adventure, sweeping, romantic kind of action in part of the movie. That people seemingly responded really well to. We’re not throwing it all way, but we’re definitely going to some new places”.
Trevorrow’s film was a worldwide smash hit, reeling in $1.6 billion worldwide and currently sits as the fourth highest grossing film of all time. Yet, despite its success there were some circles that found it lacking. So while Bayona has the large task of directing the follow up to a massively successful film, he also has a chance to improve upon it.
If Bayona can bring the same kind of tension and suspense that defined The Orphange, we could be looking at the most memorable instalment in the franchise since the first film.
Jurassic World 2 is set for a June 22, 2018 release date.