Universal Pictures has released the full trailer for JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM, the sequel to the $1.6 billion grossing “rebootquel” JURASSIC WORLD. Filmmaker J.A. Bayona (A MONSTER CALLS, THE IMPOSSIBLE) steps into the director’s chair this time around as JURASSIC WORLD helmer Colin Trevorrow moved on to developing STAR WARS: EPISODE IX (a film he ultimately exited). Trevorrow is still mighty involved here, though, as he co-wrote the screenplay with JURASSIC WORLD co-writer Derek Connolly and served as an executive producer.
The story finds Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard’s characters returning to Isla Nublar in the hopes of evacuating some of the dinosaurs off the island, which is in the midst of a devastation volcanic eruption.
While the story idea behind the sequel is kind of silly—that Claire cares about the dinosaurs, that Owen would be invested enough to return just because he helped train/raise Blue—I will say the tone of this thing is what makes me intrigued. Bayona appears to be going full-on horror with this film, and not in a pseudo-horror way like the first JURASSIC WORLD. This movie looks genuinely frightening, as it puts both the humans and dinosaurs in an equal amount of peril, with both simply trying to survive. Add in a truly cinematic eye that highlights the scale of the dinosaurs, and there’s some really terrific imagery here.
JURASSIC WORLD also stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, BD Wong, and Jeff Goldblum and opens in theaters on June 22, 2018.