J.A. Bayona Talks Jurassic World 2

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Principal photography is set to commence next month on the sequel to 2015’s summer smash hit Jurassic World. Just last month, the sequel’s director J.A. Bayona revealed he would not only be bringing his horror background to the table in an effort to take the series back to its roots with his but he would also be bringing back the practical effects and animatronics that made the original Jurassic Park such a magical experience, to begin with.

As the franchise continues to push forward, Bayona has now revealed he is looking back not only to the original film from Steven Spielberg for inspiration but the novel by Michael Crichton as well.

While promoting his new film A Monster Calls in an interview with Perri Nemiroff of Collider, the conversation naturally shifted to the topic of Jurassic World 2, telling Collider:

“It’s supposed to be more scary and more darker. Of course you have Chris Pratt so it’s going to be a lot of fun but I’m sure it’s going to be a little dark.”

When asked if he would be looking Crichton’s novel for inspiration Bayona revealed what elements from the novel he hopes to incorporate into his film:

“I just read the books again from Michael Crichton and I really like how he’s all the time grounded and how he talks about science and at the same time makes it real.”

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 could be a return to form for the dino-rampaging franchise.

Part of what made the original Jurassic Park such a magical experience was the way in which it combined the animatronics by Stan Winston and the computer graphics from ILM, tricking your eyes into believing what you were seeing was real. Jurassic World, unfortunately, only featured one single practical effect.

The sequel will see the return of Owen (Chris Pratt), Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard), and Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong). In addition, the film will also introduce new characters played by 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.

SOURCE: COLLIDER

‘Jurassic World 2’ Will Bring Back The Animatronics

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Part of what made the original Jurassic Park such a magical experience was the way in which the combination of the animatronics by Stan Winston and the computer graphics from ILM tricked your eyes into believing what you were seeing was real. Jurassic World, unfortunately, only featured one single practical effect, however. That is not going to be the case for the sequel which will commence principal photography in February of 2017. Not only will JA Bayona be bringing his horror sensibilities to help bring the project back to its roots, he’ll be going one step further by adding as much animatronics back into the mix as possible

While speaking with The Hollywood reporter, Bayona essentially explained how Jurassic World 2 will attempt to trick the eyes of the audience just as the first Jurassic Park did:

“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs – sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs – but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible. It’s complicated because the audience now is so used to seeing CGI that they’re sometimes reluctant toward animatronics.

But at the same time, I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they don’t know what they’re seeing.”

As a massive fan of the original film he was severely disappointed by Jurassic World, Bayona’s words have me hopeful the film will live up to the Jurassic title. Bayona’s word Jurassic World 2 sounds like it will be a return to form for the dino-rampaging franchise that hasn’t quite captured the same fear factor it originally had back in 1993.

Although Colin Trevorrow will not be directing Jurassic World 2 as he has exited the project to helm Star Wars Episode IX, he and his writing partner Derek Connolly have written the script which will continue the storyline of weaponized dinosaurs introduced in the last film. Rather than taking place on Isla Nublar, Jurassic World 2 has swapped the island setting for the city streets of London. Hopefully, no one will have left their dog outside this time.

Check out some incredible behind the scenes looks at the how Stan Winston and his team brought to life the incredible T-Rex in Jurassic Park below.

SOURCE: THR

‘Jurassic World 2’ Starts Shooting This February

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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.

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SOURCE: MOVIEFONE

‘Jurassic World 2’ Adds Justice Smith

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The cast for Jurassic World 2 is starting to get bigger. The sequel has officially added Justice Smith (The Get Down) into the mix, Variety reports. Character details are sparse but sources close to Variety claim Smith has been cast as a young scientist in the film.

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Recently the film also added Armin Zola himself, Toby Jones and Rafe Spall (Life of Pi, Black Mirror) in unknown roles. The plot is still currently a mystery but chances are it will be another disingenuine cash grab from executive producer Frank Marshall and co. while myself and other die-hard Jurassic Park fans clutch their chest as they pray to not have a heart attack over how upset they are as they watch a bunch of characters they don’t care about get chased around by CG dinosaurs.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are confirmed to return. Marshall also recently hinted at the return of BD Wong’s character, Dr. Henry Wu when he told cinemablend “When they take off in helicopters, you know they’re probably going to come back.”

Colin Trevorrow, director of the first Jurassic World took to twitter this morning to joke about the backlash against the film regarding the backlash against Howard running through the jungle from dinosaurs in a pair of nude Sam Eldman heels.

This means the most substantial detail regarding the plot of Jurassic World 2 is currently that Bryce Dallas Howard will be sporting a pair of brown boots.

Jurassic World 2 hits theaters June 22, 2018.

Produced by Universal Pictures. Directed by J.A. Bayona (When A Monster Calls).

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SOURCE: VARIETY

BD Wong Will Return in Jurassic World 2

Whether you loved Jurassic World or hated it, you’re going to get another one in 2018. The film itself was a bit of a tongue in cheek commentary on the influence greed has had on all industries including Hollywood. With corporate mandates calling for bigger, better, and scarier dinosaurs, it wasn’t very surprising to see the kind and friendly Dr. Henry Wu (BD Wong) from the original Jurassic Park succumb to the pressures of his corporate masters and become an evil greed lusting villain in Jurassic World. Wu was last seen in possession of dinosaur embryo’s as he made his escape from Isla Nublar via helicopter.

CinemaBlend recently spoke with executive producer Frank Marshall who teased the return of Wu in Jurassic World 2:

When they take off in helicopters, you know they’re probably going to come back.

The return of BD Wong would be a welcomed addition in Jurassic World 2. While Wong didn’t turn in the best performance in Jurassic World, which I would not fault him for, the man can play a chilling villain given the right material to work with. In the USA Network series Mr. Robot, Wong delivers a terrifyingly disturbing performance as White Rose, the enigmatic head of a chinese cyber-terror organization.

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SOURCE: CINEMABLEND

‘Doctor Strange’: Score by Composer Michael Giacchino Mystifies

Thanks to Collider for bringing this aural peek into what will be the score of Doctor Strange to my attention. This track comes to us by way of an ‘audio only’ YouTube video and is titled, ‘The Master of the Mystic,’ noting that it appears in the end credits. Marvel has brought Oscar Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino into its cinematic scoring fold, possibly hoping to add more ambient touches to the overall mood of the film.

Thanks to Collider for bringing this aural peek into what will be the score of Doctor Strange to my attention. This track comes to us by way of an ‘audio only’ YouTube video and is titled, ‘The Master of the Mystic,’ noting that it appears in the end credits. Marvel has brought Oscar Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino into its cinematic scoring fold, possibly hoping to add more ambient touches to the overall mood of the film.

The piece itself holds a kind of meandering, other-worldly choice of instruments, ranging from sitar and electric guitar to the bright, light chop of the harpsichord. The blend of the arrangement works well, and though I thought the intro was a little lackluster, the rest of the actual piece is really great stuff. Can’t wait to hear the rest of what’s to come, put to some incredible visuals.

While I typically love the action in Marvel films on the big screen, and the themes on their small screen Netflix offerings, sometimes I struggle to find the cohesion in the task of the composers they’ve recruited and the overall blend of the sequences. The music can get lost in the background of explosions, sound effects, and even in mixing. A lot of factors make for an outstanding score. I’m incredibly optimistic in the potential backdrop this latest composer will bring, given his extensive career in what I would consider mood-driven, esoteric composition.

Giacchino, who’s also providing the score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has composed for television series such as Lost, Fringe, and Alias, to only name a few, and for more recent films, Star Trek Beyond, and Jurassic World. I know that at a certain point during  ‘Lost’s’ run, I had to take a break from the series because the score and the story together kept making me consistently cry. ‘Fringe’s’ music had me constantly on edge. But that’s the kind of effect I want music to have (either television or film) on me, without being drowned into the background by the action. Since Giacchino scored Star Trek: Into Darkness, which also starred Benedict Cumberbatch, it’ll be fun to hear whether there are any throwbacks to that broader sense of orchestral size that the big screen tends to encourage composers to take.

SOURCES: MARVEL, COLLIDER