There are many ways that Jurassic World 2 could be much darker than its predecessor. There have been recent announcements about how the sequel will deal with animal abuse and will be “more suspenseful” – not to mention the exclusion of Jake Johnson’s comic relief character introduced in Jurassic World. So, there are many noticeable changes being made — for better or worse. Bayona still seems like a smart choice for the sequel, and his austere vision could really help to bring back some of that scariness that the original Jurassic Park had.
Jurassic World is kind of a bittersweet film. While it did successfully reboot one of the most beloved franchises of all time, it arguably didn’t have much staying power. All of the surface-level elements of Jurassic Park are there — dinosaurs, amusement park gone wrong, and even a do-it-all hero — but it still feels lacking, next to Jurassic Park. Fans are surely hoping that the sequel will at least partially fix some of those problems – and most of that responsibility, of course, falls onto the director. Unlike Trevorrow, Bayona is a very experienced filmmaker who has many notable works to his name now. Therefore, he should be able to bring the necessary means to create a fresh, albeit faithful, sequel.