It's always interesting to learn about how directors begin their careers. Some work their way up through the system, directing small indies before graduating up to bigger studio films. Others choose a more unorthodox approach. For instance, Steven Spielberg infamously pretended to be an intern on the Universal lot in order to learn about filmmaking up close. However, I doubt many people can share a similar story with J.A. Bayona. The director of the upcoming Jurassic World sequel has an origin story for the ages, and his career began after he faked his way into journalism.
In 1993 I was faking to be a journalist to get free screenings to the Sitges Festival. But then I had to interview real directors, one of them this newcomer Guillermo del Toro. The meeting was so hilarious we became friends & he produced my first movie some years after.
After hearing James Gunn recount how he first got started in the movie making business, J.A. Bayona decided to share his own story. He wrote in a series of Twitter posts that he really first got started around 1993, when he pretended to be a journalist to see free movies at a film festival. He faked it so well, that they made him interview a newcomer director on the scene, who turned out to be none other than Guillermo del Toro. Bayona didn't disclose the specifics of what they talked about, but it apparently the conversation went well because the two of them became friends. Bayona would use that connection years later to get his first movie - The Orphanage (which Guillermo del Toro notably produced). It's all about who you know, people.
That's definitely a fun story, so hopefully J.A. Bayona gets a chance to tell it in more detail at some point in the future. It's usually pretty interesting to learn about how filmmakers get their start, and it looks like Bayona has used his connections well since then. After directing emotional films like The Impossible and A Monster Calls, he was chosen to direct the blockbuster sequel to 2015's Jurassic World., titled Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It'll be Bayona's biggest film to date by far, and it'll be interesting to see what he does with the popular franchise.
We don't know too much about Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, but it will certainly see the continued exploitation of dinosaurs by corporations. Recent merchandise also revealed that a volcano will have heavy emphasis in the dinosaur-packed sequel. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard reprise their roles from the first film, and they are joined by Toby Jones, James Cromwell and the return of Jeff Goldblum.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is scheduled to hit theaters on June 22, 2018. To learn more about the sequel, here's everything we know so far.