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It's hard to pinpoint a director who's taken to directing high-profile blockbusters as quickly as Colin Trevorrow. After directing one indie film, he directed Jurassic World, which became one of the highest-grossing movies of all time. Now Trevorrow is knee deep in Star Wars land developing Episode IX and has passed the reigns of Jurassic World 2 over to J.A. Bayona. However, that doesn't mean that Trevorrow has been absent from Jurassic World 2, as he co-wrote the script and involved himself as much as possible in the development of the sequel. According to Trevorrow...
Jurassic ended up taking up more time and attention than I expected just because I care about it so much. I surprised myself by how much I wanted to be there for J.A. [Bayona], just as a writer. I remember directing a Jurassic Park movie and how much I would have loved to have a writer to think about the dailies and wonder what alterations we could make that would make it that much more effective. I was there with him every day to try and provide something for him that I didn't have myself.
Before Colin Trevorrow can really throw himself into Star Wars: Episode IX full time, he has to finish up the press for his new film The Book of Henry, a family drama with not a dinosaur in sight. Trevorrow's kept a bust schedule for himself working on Star Wars, writing Jurassic World 2, and directing The Book of Henry. You'd think that Trevorrow wouldn't have the time to devote to the Jurassic World sequel, but as he told Coming Soon, Trevorrow cares a lot about the franchise and like a good parent, wanted to give new director J.A. Bayona everything that he didn't have with the first film.
It's nice to hear that Colin Trevorrow was on hand to give as much advice as possible. He no doubt has a lot of insight into how to handle the vast amount of CGI or frame such gigantic creatures as dinosaurs. Jurassic World was by no means a perfect movie, so it's reassuring to know that Trevorrow is giving J.A. Bayona the chance to avoid some of the traps he himself fell into (logic problems, nonsensical Indominus Rex powers, no character development for Chris Pratt).
The plot for Jurassic World 2 is being kept tight under wraps but it will apparently further explore the idea of weaponizing dinosaurs, which was introduced in the first film. It's also been said that J.A. Bayona brings a unique flavor to the franchise and will make the sequel a good bit scarier. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles from Jurassic World, while Jeff Goldblum returns to the franchise as Dr. Ian Malcolm. Colin Trevorrow co-wrote the script with his Safety Not Guaranteed partner Derek Connolly.
Jurassic World 2 is set to stomp into theaters on June 22, 2018.