“Bigger is better” seems to be the guiding principle behind many big-budget Hollywood sequels, but that won’t be the case for the next installment of the Jurassic World franchise, according to co-writer and executive producer Colin Trevorrow.
Trevorrow, who directed the original Jurassic World and co-wrote with Derek Connolly, recently told Jurassic Outpost that the plan for the follow-up film involves “not thinking that we need to make it bigger, necessarily, for it to be equally compelling to people.”
He continued, “I don’t think that bigger, better dinosaurs or bigger, more epic-in-scope action sequences are what people are necessarily looking for from this franchise and what they love about it.”
One element that will differentiate the sequel — to be directed by Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona — is the tone.
“It will be more suspenseful and scary,” Trevorrow said. “It’s just the way it’s designed; it’s the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skill set.”
Bayona knows a thing or two about scares, having first broken out with the 2007 horror film The Orphanage.
He also joined the interview with Trevorrow to discuss the sequel, teasing, “There are things you really don’t expect and it is very exciting.”
Listen to the full interview with Jurassic Outpost for more. The Jurassic World sequel is scheduled to hit theaters June 22, 2018.