Colin Trevorrow made a name for himself with the Sundance hit, Safety Not Guaranteed. That attracted the attention of Steven Spielberg to breathe new life into the Jurassic Park franchise with Jurassic World — which itself led to him being hired for Star Wars: Episode IX.
While Trevorrow won’t be directing Jurassic World 2, due to his commitment with Star Wars, he is writing and producing the film with J.A. Bayona directing. In an interview with Cinema Blend, Trevorrow said the next installment of the dinosaur franchise will be scarier than the previous film. Here’s what he told the outlet:
“J.A. Bayona is very good at [creating scares]. There are things that he’ll just do with a shadow, or a rustling curtain on a wall. He’s so tapped into that kind of fear, especially the fear through the eyes of a child. He and I are just simpatico, as an American and a Spanish person. We may be the mirrors of each other. It is by far the most satisfying collaboration of my life.”
Trevorrow did, however, mention that the while the next film may be scarier, they won’t be losing sight of the adventure aspect of the franchise. He continues:
“First of all, I think the mainstream loves being scared, and I think the scares in the first movie were made to make children think like they were seeing something horrifying, that their parents shouldn’t be allowing them to see. We have that a little bit here. But there’s also that same big, fun adventure, sweeping, romantic kind of action in part of the movie. That people seemingly responded really well to. We’re not throwing it all way, but we’re definitely going to some new places.”
Meanwhile, over at Screen Rant, Trevorrow spoke about Star Wars, and wrapping up the sequel trilogy. He has the hard job of creating a satisfying conclusion, but he reveals he is relying on the collective creative powers of Lucasfilm to make it the best ending possible. Here’s what he told the outlet:
“The process of Star Wars began way back in August of 2015 when I looked at what J.J. and Rian [Johnson, director of The Last Jedi] had done, and I’m very fortunate that I’m surrounded by some really, really brilliant producers and brilliant creative minds – Kiri Hart and the Lucasfilm story group, and my producer [Michelle] Rejwan and Kathy Kennedy, and also J.J. and Rian, Larry Kasdan. I mean, these are the best minds available and everybody’s engaged in making sure this is the most satisfying and emotionally resonant conclusion that we can possibly deliver.”
Trevorrow was hoping to focus the next film on Leia, but due to actress Carrie Fisher unexpectedly passing away, those plans have been changed. Lucasfilm has no intention of digitally recreating the actress for the film, so it will be interesting to see how they account for the character’s absence.
Jurassic World 2 will premiere in theaters on June 22, 2018, while Star Wars: Episode IX will debut on May 24, 2019.