Last week, A Monster Calls director J.A. Bayona confirmed that Jurassic World will become a trilogy and that Colin Trevorrow would still be very much a part of the creative process despite his obligations to other projects. Now, as far as sequels go, the film is going to get bigger. That’s not at all surprising. The first Jurassic World cost up to $150 million, and that’s not accounting for the marketing costs. Remember all those shameless production placements thrown into the actual film, like “Verizon Wireless Presents The Indominus Rex” or “Magaritaville?”
While the production budget is expected to go up, a new report says it’s expected to go way up. According to Bayona, the budget for the Jurassic World sequel would be $260 million, which would be a $110 million increase from the previous film. Check out the full story below.
The news comes to us El Pais via SciFed who says Bayona did not specify why the sequel is getting a such a large increase. Of course, this increase does not account for the marketing costs. The budget was expected to increase given that Jurassic World was already a huge box office success, so a large part of that $110 million increase could possibly go to the visual effects and CGI or even courting new talent to be a part of the film. Then again, how much talent do you really want to bring in or visuals do you want to have with an extra $110 million? Maybe there is a bit of an exaggeration on Bayona’s part. Then again, it could be true. We’ll just have to wait and see. But here’s what Trevorrow told us in an interview last year about drawing the line between what’s CGI and what’s practical:
I think a big part of it was finding practical locations, and building sets, and trying to cut down on digital environments. I think there is this kind of catch all use CG thing, because I think it has been overused and misused. Excellent CG and excellent animation can be transcendent and extraordinary, and I don’t want our desire to have everything be the way it was when we were kids, to be overlooked by the fact that we have the best animators we’ve ever worked with in the game. That said, it is really important, and it is really essential to have environments that are real, and to have effects such as fire, explosions, and destruction be real, because it will make their work feel that much more visceral, and that they actually exist.
So it should be interesting to see if Bayona will follow the same train of thought. Though there were images of practical effects on set, Jurassic World did look like it relied heavily on CGI dinosaurs. Personally, I thought the film could have used a lot more work on the script.
Again, we won’t really know what the film could look like without having an idea of the plot of the sequel. Although, Trevorrow has said it will be about just more than dinosaurs chasing people on an island. Jurassic World 2 is expected to open in theaters on June 22, 2018.
[Source: El Pais via SciFed