Five months ago, Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) was hired to direct the planned Jurassic World sequel. Before starting to film that movie, Focus Features is releasing Bayona’s third feature as a director, an adaptation of Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls, starring Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell and Liam Neeson, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival today.
When speaking to Bayona about the film earlier, LRM asked whether he would be able to bring some of his regular Spanish crew over to Jurassic World 2, and we asked how it’s been going on the project, being that it will be his first straight-up studio film and one that's part of a major franchise as well.
We were especially wondering if the filmmaker who has thrived on making independent films was going to have a lot of say in the process of writing the film, which is being crafted right now by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly with plans to start filming next February.
We asked Bayona what everyone hopes he'll bring to the mix as a director to a movie which he confirmed will be the middle chapter of a planned trilogy:
“I think they love ‘The Impossible’ and ‘The Orphanage’—especially Colin (Trevorrow) loved those movies,” he told LRM. “It’s very interesting. The whole ‘Jurassic World’ is a trilogy that Colin Trevorrow has envisioned. We’re writing the second chapter, and it’s very interesting where he’s leading the story. I grew up watching Steven Spielberg movies and I love those movies and the legacy, so it’s a question of being truthful to the legacy and at the same time, bringing new stuff that people will appreciate. We are still six months ahead of shooting, and so far, so good. It’s very exciting right now.”
Meanwhile, Bayona’s frequent collaborator, screenwriter Sergio G. Sánchez, just completed filming his first feature as a director, a film called Marrowbone, starring Anya Taylor-Joy from The Witch and Morgan, which Bayona is producing.
He gave us a little tease of what that movie’s about:
“It’s a very unique story, too. It’s very connected to some of the stuff we’ve worked on before, especially ‘The Orphanage.’ It’s a drama with horror or horror with drama—it’s that kind of meeting that’s sometimes difficult to label, but it’s very interesting. He has an amazing cast and what I’ve seen so far is great. They just finished shooting ten days ago.”
Look for more from our interview with Juan Bayona closer to the release of A Monster Calls on December 23. The Jurassic World sequel is scheduled for release on June 22, 2018.