JA Bayona has revealed filming for Jurassic World 2 will begin in early 2017.
The director said in a new interview that work had already begun on the sequel, which will feature a script written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, and be produced by Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall.
“We’re working on it already,” Bayona told Comingsoon.net. “[It] starts shooting in March.”
He also described the project as “more collaborative”. “It’s about sharing views and working together to bring the story to life. But, at the same time, the way I face telling a story is to find something very personal. I think there will be plenty of myself also in the film.”
Trevorrow recently revealed a quote from the original Jurassic Park movie had inspired the idea for a sequel. The quote in question was said by Sam Neil’s character, Alan Grant: “Dinosaurs and man, two species separated by 65 million years of evolution have just been suddenly thrown back into the mix together. How can we possibly have the slightest idea what to expect?
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return for Jurassic World 2 alongside Toby Jones and Rafe Spall. The movie is currently scheduled for release on June 22, 2018.
Trevorrow, meanwhile, has offered some hints as to how the eagerly-anticipated sequel will be different.
“It will be more suspenseful and scary,” he explained in an interview with a Jurassic Park fans’ podcast. “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.”