It’s been a foregone conclusion that Jurassic World would be getting a sequel after it absolutely smashed it out of the park at the box office. Currently the fourth highest-grossing film of all time, its critical and commercial success made a sequel a sure thing, although Colin Trevorrow, the man who helped make this happen, won’t be staying on as director. Instead, it has been announced that JA Bayona will be taking the director’s chair for Jurassic World 2, with producer Frank Marshall confirming as much in the following tweet:
“Thrilled to announce JA Bayona is on board to direct JW2. Welcome to the team @FilmBayona!”
Taking a look at his CV, it would certainly seem like Bayona has the requisite experience. He has horror credentials via directing the excellent The Orphanage, as well as the occasional episode of the oh-so-gothic Penny Dreadful; he’s proven he can do spectacle via his work on the (admittedly inconsistent) The Impossible, and will next be seen managing a tender, CGI-filled monster story in the form of Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls. From what we’ve seen of the latter so far via the trailer footage it’s one of the film’s we’re most excited about this year, and it’s probably this more than anything that has led to his involvement in the Jurassic World prequel.
He joins a film that already counts they returning Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard among its cast. Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow are back on board as writers, with Patrick Crowley and Frank Marshall producing, and Trevorrow, Thomas Tull and Steven Spielberg attached as executive producers.
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