Part of what made the original Jurassic Park such a magical experience was the way in which the combination of the animatronics by Stan Winston and the computer graphics from ILM tricked your eyes into believing what you were seeing was real. Jurassic World, unfortunately, only featured one single practical effect, however. That is not going to be the case for the sequel which will commence principal photography in February of 2017. Not only will JA Bayona be bringing his horror sensibilities to help bring the project back to its roots, he’ll be going one step further by adding as much animatronics back into the mix as possible
While speaking with The Hollywood reporter, Bayona essentially explained how Jurassic World 2 will attempt to trick the eyes of the audience just as the first Jurassic Park did:
“Obviously you don’t have real dinosaurs – sometimes you have people playing dinosaurs – but we love animatronics and we’re trying to do as much with them as possible. It’s complicated because the audience now is so used to seeing CGI that they’re sometimes reluctant toward animatronics.
But at the same time, I think animatronics bring soul and reality to it. We’re trying to find the balance between animatronics and CGI in order to cheat the audience so they don’t know what they’re seeing.”
As a massive fan of the original film he was severely disappointed by Jurassic World, Bayona’s words have me hopeful the film will live up to the Jurassic title. Bayona’s word Jurassic World 2 sounds like it will be a return to form for the dino-rampaging franchise that hasn’t quite captured the same fear factor it originally had back in 1993.
Although Colin Trevorrow will not be directing Jurassic World 2 as he has exited the project to helm Star Wars Episode IX, he and his writing partner Derek Connolly have written the script which will continue the storyline of weaponized dinosaurs introduced in the last film. Rather than taking place on Isla Nublar, Jurassic World 2 has swapped the island setting for the city streets of London. Hopefully, no one will have left their dog outside this time.
Check out some incredible behind the scenes looks at the how Stan Winston and his team brought to life the incredible T-Rex in Jurassic Park below.