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 Bayonaâ€™s third feature as a director, an adaptation of Patrick Nessâ€™ 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 itâ€™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:
â€œI think they love â€˜The Impossibleâ€™ and â€˜The Orphanageâ€™â€”especially Colin (Trevorrow) loved those movies,â€ he told LRM. â€œItâ€™s very interesting. The whole â€˜Jurassic Worldâ€™ is a trilogy that Colin Trevorrow has envisioned. Weâ€™re writing the second chapter, and itâ€™s very interesting where heâ€™s leading the story. I grew up watching Steven Spielberg movies and I love those movies and the legacy, so itâ€™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. Itâ€™s very exciting right now.â€
Meanwhile, Bayonaâ€™s frequent collaborator, screenwriter Sergio G. SÃ¡nchez, 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 movieâ€™s about:
â€œItâ€™s a very unique story, too. Itâ€™s very connected to some of the stuff weâ€™ve worked on before, especially â€˜The Orphanage.â€™ Itâ€™s a drama with horror or horror with dramaâ€”itâ€™s that kind of meeting thatâ€™s sometimes difficult to label, but itâ€™s very interesting. He has an amazing cast and what Iâ€™ve seen so far is great. They just finished shooting ten days ago.â€
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.