Looks like Colin Trevorrow just can’t let go of the series he birthed with his first film, Jurassic World. Even though he’s directing Jurassic World 2, Trevorrow is still involved with the sequel.
While promoting his latest film, The Book of Henry , Trevorrow spoke with Coming Soon about Jurassic World 2, saying that he has been intimately involved with the sequel even though his schedule has been preoccupied with the upcoming Star Wars sequel. He explained that he wanted to be there for the director, J.A. Bayona ( The Impossible , A Monster Calls ), in case there needed to be any last-minute changes to the script.
“Jurassic ended up taking up more time and attention than I expected just because I care about it so much. 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.”
My take: I haven’t seen A Monster Calls, so Bayona’s bonfides as director of Jurassic World 2 aren’t as assured, personally, as Trevorrow claims, but that’s a lapse perhaps in my own judgement. One wonders though: if Trevorrow is so sure of Bayona’s skills, why is the former involved in the sequel at all? And that first film felt flat, like Keira Knightly on a cheap date flat. Again, dinos are not enough. You MUST have an engaging story, one so engaging it negates the fact that we have all seen the dinosaurs before.