Colin Trevorrow explains how he has remained heavily involved with Jurassic World 2
Colin Trevorrow is a very busy man. Even as his 2015 Jurassic World became one of the highest-grossing films of all time, the filmmaker immediately began working to direct Gregg Hurwitz‘s long-gestating script, The Book of Henry. The unconventional family drama is set to hit the big screen next week and we’ll soon be bringing you an in-depth conversation with Trevorrow about the project and his impressive professional trajectory that has him next writing and directing Star Wars: Episode IX. Now, though, we’re taking a look at another major release that Trevorrow is closely tied to: the still officially-untitled Jurassic World 2.
“That script had to be delivered for a February shoot,” Trevorrow recalls speaking with CS, “And we had to think of ‘Star Wars’ somewhat simultaneously… While we were in the early stages of story on ‘Star Wars,’ we shot ‘Jurassic’ at Pinewood. Now, we’re wrapping in about a month and everyone is going to Hawaii.”
Although Trevorrow passed along the Jurassic World 2 director’s chair to The Impossible and A Monster Calls director J.A. Bayona, he himself provided the screenplay for the franchise sequel with his Safety Not Guaranteed partner Derek Connolly. What’s more, Trevorrow tells us that level of dedication to the film wound up being even more than he initially suspected.
“‘Jurassic’ ended up taking up more time and attention than I expected just because I care about it so much,” he says. “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.”
“[Jurassic World 2] is a more collaborative filmmaker experience, not only with Colin Trevorrow, but also with Steven [Spielberg] and with Frank Marshall,” Bayona said of the partnership in an interview with CS last year. “It’s their baby as much as it is mine. It’s about sharing views and working together to bring the story to life. But, at the same time, the way I face telling a story is to find something very personal. I think there will be plenty of myself also in the film.”
Jurassic World 2 will see the return of Jurassic World‘s Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard alongside Toby Jones, Daniella Pineda, Justice Smith, Rafe Spall, Ted Levine, James Cromwell, Geraldine Chaplin and, reprising his Jurassic Park and The Lost World role, Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcolm.
Look for Jurassic World 2 to hit theaters June 22, 2018 and check back soon for our full conversation about The Book of Henry, in theaters June 16.
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