When Jurassic Park debut in 1993, the blockbuster stunned fans with its thrilling action and prehistoric adventures. From dinos to drama, the films had everything moviegoers wanted to see, and the franchise’s recent reboot continues to bolster the series’ reputation. However, there are some fans who worry the sequel to Jurassic World won’t live up to its predecessors. It’s a good thing then that director Juan Antonio Bayona is ready to shoot down those accusations.
In a recent interview with Noticiasrcn, the director said Jurassic World 2 “will be darker and scarier than the previous film.”
“Obviously, when you have Chris Pratt it will also be very funny. But it will be darker: it is a second step in a trilogy, and the second step is always dark like in 'The Empire Strikes back or ‘The Wrath of Khan.'”
Of course, Jurassic World 2 isn’t the first blockbusting sequel to draw comparisons to the Star Wars: Episode V. The sci-fi film stands as one of the most critically acclaimed sequels in all of Hollywood and set a standard for film franchises. Both The Empire Strikes Back and The Wrath of Khan pit their heroes against insurmountable odds and balance victories with great costs. Clearly, it looks like Chris Pratt’s character needs to watch his back in the new film.
Bayona continued to talk about the sequel and said it takes the story of Jurassic Park “where is has never been before.”
“It surprised me a lot. We are going to places where the saga has never been before, and at the same time, we are paying tribute to the franchise. We will take it a step further,” he said. “There are things that will happen that people are not expecting and will really shock them.”
Earlier this month, Bayona teased what those shockers might be in an interview with El Mundo. The director hinted that Jurassic World 2 will explore the presence of dinosaurs as a parable for society’s contemporary treatment of animals.
“Dinosaurs are a parable of the treatment of animals today: abuse, experiments in medicine, pets, having wild animals in zoos [that feel] like prisons, military use being made of them,” Bayona said. Producer Colin Trevorrow has also said the film will discuss society’s consumeristic greed and very deliberately “shift to deal with complex issues.”
Previous Jurassic Park films have touched on issues of animal captivity, so it will be interesting to see how the new trilogy approaches the topic. At the end of Jurassic World, fans saw that Henry Wu survived and escaped the park with genetically altered dinosaurs embryos, so it’s entirely possible that the sequel will follow up on the scientist’s experiments.
However, fans shouldn’t necessarily expect to see the dinosaurs exploited solely by military forces. Boyona told Collider earlier this year the sequel would overlook that feature as he admitted he’s “not that interested in militarized dinosaurs, at least not in practice. I liked it in theory as the pipe dream of a lunatic.”
Jurassic World 2 is scheduled for release on June 22, 2018.