– by Nick Doll

Jurassic Park is one of the best films of all time. Period. So far it has spawned three sequels including 2015’s Jurassic World, which served as a jumping off point for a new trilogy of films starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. Whether you loved it as much as I did, or despised it, Jurassic World was a smash hit, proving the franchise still has legs. Legs with feet sporting one giant sharp claw, that is. 

The next installment of the franchise, currently known as Jurassic World 2 — though hopefully they lose the “2” and get a new title — has already begun production in order to make its June 22, 2018 release date. Howard, Pratt, and BD Wong (as Dr. Henry Wu), are returning for the sequel, in addition to exciting additions including James Cromwell, Toby Jones, and Rafe Spall, some of whom will likely be eaten, or simply disemboweled. Taking the helm this time around is J.A. Bayona, known for his work on The Orphanage, The Impossible, and 2016’s A Monster Calls

Bayona has already taken to Twitter once with the first official still from the film, but now he’s back with his team of puppeteers to put fans of the original film at ease. 

That’s right, it looks as though Jurassic World 2 just may have more practical dinosaurs than Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World! Hopefully…

Though it is possible he’s gathered a team of 11 puppeteers for one scene or dinosaur, the release of the photo suggests Bayona is at least attempting to do as many practical dinosaur effects like the original film as is possible. Looking back at Jurassic World, only the dying Apatosaurus stands out as being truly practical. I’m sure there was a practical Velociraptor head here and there, but most the action was obviously CGI, especially the Indominus Rex.

If this is indeed not a ruse, then I’m excited at the prospect of as many practical dinosaurs as possible! Jurassic Park has aged incredibly well due to the limits put on CGI at the time. Though I loved Jurassic World, I always prefer to see as little CGI as possible used to breath life into any genre. 

Let’s just hope those practical dinosaurs aren’t carrying guns and/or lasers as some very suspicious (and hopefully wrong) rumors have suggested. Though I do like the idea of the potential title, “Jurassic World War.” 

Do you think J.A. Bayona will fill your personal quota of practical dinosaurs? Or do you expect to see just as much CGI as in the first Jurassic World

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SOURCE: J.A. Bayona on Twitter