‘Jurassic World 2’ Will Have More Scares and Practical Effects, But No Raptors With Guns
One of the biggest complaints (of which there were many) about Jurassic World was the over-abundance of CGI — it’s a simple problem that the upcoming sequel could address quite easily, and according to Colin Trevorrow, it’s definitely a concern shared by Jurassic World 2 director Juan Antonio Bayona. In a new interview, Trevorrow not only promises more animatronic dinosaurs, but more suspense and scares. Oh, and if you were hoping for some weaponized dinos (looking at you, Vincent D’Onofrio), you can stop holding your breath.
The Jurassic World director is returning to produce the sequel, which begins filming in early 2017 in Hawaii with Bayona, who recently helmed A Monster Calls. Speaking with Jurassic Outpost (via Collider), Trevorrow said that Jurassic World 2 will be “more suspenseful and scary,” adding that he had Bayona in mind for the project long before that information became public knowledge, and the sequel was “built around his skillset.”
That particular set of skills includes more practical effects and animatronics, according to Trevorrow:
There will be animatronics for sure. We’ll follow the same general rule as all of the films in the franchise, which is the animatronic dinosaurs are best used when standing still or moving at the hips or the neck. They can’t run or perform complex physical actions, and anything beyond that you go to animation. The same rules applied in ‘Jurassic Park.’ I think the lack of animatronics in ‘Jurassic World’ had more to do with the physicality of the Indominus, the way the animal moved. It was very fast and fluid, it ran a lot, and needed to move its arms and legs and neck and tail all at once. It wasn’t a lumbering creature. We’ve written some opportunities for animatronics into [Jurassic World 2]—because it has to start at the script level—and I can definitely tell you that Bayona has the same priorities, he is all about going practical whenever possible.
Fans will recall an earlier Jurassic Park sequel idea that involved gun-toting dinosaurs — something that Vincent D’Onofrio’s character mentions in Jurassic World as a possible military application. But Trevorrow says you won’t see any of that in the sequel, which is probably for the best since dinosaur warfare is pretty silly (yes, even sillier than a dinosaur theme park):
I’m not that interested in militarized dinosaurs, at least not in practice. I liked it in theory as the pipe dream of a lunatic. When that idea was first presented to me as part of an earlier script it was something that the character that ended up being Owen was for, that he supported, something that he was actively doing even at the beginning. Derek and I, one of our first reactions was ‘No if anyone’s gonna militarize raptors that’s what the bad guy does, he’s insane.’