Jurassic World 2 has already begun the early stages of production. The sequel, under the direction of visionary filmmaker J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls), is set to directly follow the events of the 2015 blockbuster reboot that starred Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The wild success of the first film – and the sort of cliffhanger ending – spawned endless conversations about what could possibly be in store when part two arrives in theaters in 2018.
But what do we really know about the upcoming sequel? As it turns out, we actually know quite a bit. Let’s run through the list:
No Trace of Evidence Being Left Anywhere
Director J.A. Bayona is taking extra care to make certain leaks from the set are completely nonexistant. One of the film’s main stars, Bryce Dallas Howard, spoke in an interview with that any details about the film are kept solely to verbal communication. Nothing hand written, no emails, no correspondence of any kind that isn’t either in person or over the phone. That’s definitely one way to do it!
The Film Will Start Shooting Next Year
In the same interview with CinemaBlend, Howard confirmed the movie will begin actual shooting during 2017, in preparation for its release in December 2018. Both she and Chris Pratt are signed on to return. It is unknown at this time who else from the first film will be joining them for the second outing.
Dinosaurs With Weapons, Hell Yeah!?
Near the conclusion of Jurassic World, we see Dr. Henry Wu fly off in a military helicopter with a storage of dinosaur embryos, protecting his research and the deal he has with the military. Vincent D’Onofrio’s main villain of the movie, Vic Hoskins, revealed they were planning to clone mini versions of the Indominus for military use, to train them as weapons of war. While it would almost certainly assure the dessimation of the human species, it would definitely be a whole new way to look at the title of Jurassic World.
Original Stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum Are Rumored to Return
Although both Goldblum and Neill have confirmed that neither of them have been approached to return for the sequel, it hasn’t stopped fans from wondering if they’re telling the truth or not. And with the information we now have about Bayona keeping details of the film as close to home as possible, it’s entirely reasonable to assume that each of the three main stars from the original Jurassic Park franchise have indeed been asked to make reprisals. But, being a closed production, they were most likely asked to deny any rumors outright. Director Bryan Singer employed the same secrecy with James Marsden and Famke Janssen when he asked them to make cameos for 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Terror Will Play A Bigger Part In The Sequel
Does anyone else remember how scared they were when the T-Rex first made his appearance in the original film? I sure as hell do. Of course, I was only a mere child of six when I first saw the movie. Having been born the year before it came out, I was lucky to be granted even that opportunity. To this day, I still remember how fear stricken I was by that massive monstrosity and by how stunningly real it looked. Hey, it was the early nineties, that was awesome then. In many ways, Spielberg’s 1993 film outshines the reboot for preferred use of actual effects over CGI. It’s rumored J.A. Bayona will be bringing his skills as a director, shown to perfection in The Impossible, to Jurassic World 2′s desperate need for a little horror and suspense.
I for one, cannot wait to see what Bayona has in store for us when Jurassic World 2 is released on December 22, 2018.
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