As soon as it became clear that Jurassic World was going to end up as one of the most financially successful films of all time, it seems like it became "cool" to bash the movie for one reason or another. I had some issues with the movie but still really enjoyed it overall, and I think the GT readership largely shares that opinion (feel free to sound off in the comments either way). I'm certainly not going to shout you down if you didn't like it, because I can totally see why the movie didn't work for some people — especially if you were hoping for some more of those heart-pounding suspense scenes the original Jurassic Park did so well. Good news, though: apparently the sequel will have you covered in that department.
Colin Trevorrow — the man who directed Jurassic World and is co-writing and producing the sequel — spoke with the InGeneral podcast (via Collider) and revealed some more details about Jurassic World 2:
“It will be more suspenseful and scary. It’s just the way it’s designed; it’s the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted [J.A.] Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skillset.”
Trevorrow also confirmed that they're looking to use more animatronics in the sequel than they did in Jurassic World, and explained how that idea begins at the script stage and builds out from there:
“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.”
And while Vincent D'Onofrio's character wanted to militarize dinosaurs in Jurassic World, it sounds like we shouldn't get our hopes up that someone else will come along and pick up that idea and run with it in the next movie:
“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. [Co-writer] Derek [Connelly] 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.’”
Jurassic World 2 opens in theaters on June 22, 2018, and filming is supposed to begin early next year.