J.A. Bayona Talks Jurassic World 2


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.


Fast 8 Gets a Title; Trailer Teaser Arrives

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Ahead of the live trailer debut event this Sunday, Universal has released a trailer teaser for the 8th chapter in the fast and furious saga that officially brands the film with the title The Fate of the Furious. The film takes the fast family across the globe they take on a villainous Charlize Theron.

The Fate of the Furious hits theaters April 14, 2017.

The film stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Chris Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Natalie Emmanuel, Lucas Black, Kristofer Hijvu, with Kurt Russel, Charlize Theron, and Helen Mirren. Written by Chris Morgan. Directed by F. Gary Gray.

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life.  But when a mysterious woman (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.  

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.


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.