Production on the follow-up to last year’s installment to the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World is ramping up. Executive producer Frank Marshall has revealed the sequel, which will take place off of Isla Nublar, is set to begin principal photography in London this coming February. The film will feature the return of Owen (Chris Pratt), Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), and Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) which was recently teased by Marshall.
With Colin Trevorrow exiting the project to helm Star Wars Episode IX, Universal has brought on JA Bayona (When A Monster Calls) to direct with a script co-written by Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly. The film will continue the storyline of weaponized dinosaurs first introduced in Jurassic World.
While speaking with Moviefone, Marshall revealed that the production is about to get underway while expressing his excitement for Bayona:
I’m excited about that one. We’re much further along. Actually, we start shooting in February in London. But I’m excited by the filmmaker, Juan Antonio Bayona, and what his take on the franchise and on the world of “Jurassic” is going to be. He’s an exciting young filmmaker, and a lot like Colin Trevorrow was, he’s an extraordinary filmmaker, but also a fan. So it’s going to be nice to see what he comes up with.
Marshall also teased that Bayona will be lending his horror skills to provide the sequel with a darker, scarier tone that the first Jurassic Word.
“He’s very meticulous in his preparation and in his doing storyboards and pre-viz, and he’s a real shooter. If you’ve seen his other movies, you know that he has a dark side to him as well. So I’m kind of excited about what he’s going to bring to the franchise.”
The first Jurassic Park featured elements of horror with terrifying scenes such as Dennis Nedry’s (Wayne Knight) death via Dilophosaurus and the intense kitchen scene that Tim (Joseph Mazzello) and Lex (Ariana Richards) barely made it out of. The franchise has failed to capture that fear factor since the first film but it seems Jurassic World 2 will be a return to form for the dino-rampaging franchise.
Jurassic World 2 will also feature Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, Black Mirror), and Justice Smith (The Get Down).
Jurassic World 2 hits theaters June 22, 2018.