Jurassic World Sequel News: Working Title, Filming Locations, Production Designer and Story Rumors

JurassicWorld2_WalesThere’s quite a bit of news to report on the forthcoming Jurassic World sequel. The new film, yet to be officially titled, is set to be released June 22nd, 2018 in the Unites States. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will reprise their roles as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing. The new film will be directed by J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls, The Impossible) and is written by Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow, with Patrick Crowley, Frank Marshall, and Steven Spielberg producing.

Working Title

Our first bit of juicy sequel news is that Jurassic World 2 has been given the working title of “Ancient Futures”. A production company has been set up by Universal Pictures in that name as well in London. This limited company will handle the production of the new Jurassic film. A separate company is usually created for every major film. This smaller company handles legal issues, permitting, insurance, payroll, and so on, so the parent company is not liable. The new working title was first reported in Production Weekly, a filmmaker’s magazine for job listings. It listed the film as “Jurassic World 2” (w/t “Ancient Futures”). A working title is only a temporary name for use in production and this does not mean the new film’s title will include the term Ancient Futures. The working title for Jurassic World was “Ebb Tide” for example.

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Filming Locations

As pre-production continues for JW2 we’re getting more news on filming locations as well. In a bit of good news it does look like at least some of the film will take place on the islands! They are scheduled to film in Hawaii starting February 27, 2017. Many were concerned that the new film would take place entirely off the island given what Colin Trevorrow has said about its plot:

“[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island, that’ll get old real fast. […] What if there are 15 different entities around the world who can make a dinosaur?”

In addition to Hawaii, reports are that filming will also take place in and around London, and perhaps even Wales. Jurassic Outpost is reporting that the limited production company Ancient Futures is not only registered to film in England, but also in nearby Wales, which is located within the UK as well. I had suggested Wales as a possible filming location a few months ago due to its picturesque locations, beautiful countryside, and nearby scenic beaches. There is also a Pinewood Studios location in Wales, which makes filming there easier than more remote areas of the world. The backdrop of Wales could make for a unique and different-feeling experience, setting this film apart from previous entries in the series. I am reminded of the giant redwoods seen in The Lost World, with parts filmed in Eureka National Park, which set some of that film apart from the others.

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Production Designer

The series will see a brand new Production Designer added to the roster. Andy Nicholson will be taking the reign for JW2. Nicholson is most known for his work designing the production for Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, where he was nominated for an Academy Award. Production Designers create the look and feel of a film. They oversee all the departments that have to do with how things look, including art departments, set builders, costume design and more. Nicholson has a lot of experience with incorporating digital backgrounds and elements into live-action film, so I can’t help but wonder if he was selected so they could use more digital set extensions or elements than were used on the first Jurassic World. With films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Bourne Ultimatum, The Golden Compass, and Captain America: The First Avenger, Andy Nicholson is no stranger to digital setwork and this could certainly end up being an interesting choice for the new film.

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Pre-Production

Producer Frank Marshall recently spoke with Collider about the pre-production work going on now at their London offices. It’s exciting to see so much happening on the new film. See a snippet below from the full interview:

“We’re in pre-production. In fact I just got back from London meeting with Juan Antonio and the production designer, we’re designing, he’s doing storyboards. We’re in full-boar pre-production to start shooting sometime early next Spring.”

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Marshall also touched briefly on the script and story, again being written by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connelly.

“As a director Bayona has his input, but Colin and Derek are writing the script. So there have been numerous meetings, and we have the template for the movie. Of course he’s putting in his own ideas and taking ownership of it, but it’s pretty much the original story they came up with.

We set the bar pretty high. For me, it’s always about story. As long as the action sequences move the story forward, that’s what’s important. I think we’re just having to look and see how we can involve the characters in the story with whatever dinosaurs we have in the action sequences. It’s a challenge, but it’s a healthy challenge.”

Story Rumors

We still don’t have an official synopsis for the new film, but as Trevorrow has previously said, it take us away from the idea of dinosaurs chasing people on islands, and into the real world. How the main characters can be involved in a worldwide story is still unknown. Incorporating the existing characters into a larger story may be an incredibly difficult task for the writers. However, a new rumor about how they’re going to pull that off has some of the fans concerned about the direction of the new film.

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Dish Nation is reporting that the new film’s story will involve “talking” dinosaurs. In an idea reminiscent of The Planet of the Apes series, they claim the producers want to give the dinosaurs the ability to speak… And machine guns. Now, I don’t believe this story exactly. However, it does have the ring of truth. I’m getting the same feeling I had when we first heard we were going to get trained raptors helping humans track down an escaped monster dino the first time around. When that rumor started floating around before the first Jurassic World people were up in arms, but the actual incident in the film was much more believable than it sounded on paper. So who knows? See the snippet below for more details on this insane rumored plotline:

“The team at Universal feel that this rebooted Jurassic Park concept can really take things to a new level.”

“The development team feel that a great way for the dinosaurs to be an even greater threat to the humans is for their intelligence to increase. At this stage, their plan to work on a plot where the raptors can converse with Chris’ character Owen. But while their intelligence levels are high, they are still stuck in the mindset of a little children.”

“Coupled with that the military have also developed ideas for the killers to have weapons automatically fitted to their arms. But like all things the ploy will go wrong and once again Owen will have to save the ​world.”

“These plans are being developed for the sequels as they work on wowing fans following the first film’s success. Their track record is amazing given what they did with Fast And Furious.”

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Who knows what the next chapters in the Jurassic franchise will bring, and I’m open to new things, but hopefully the new films stay (at least somewhat) grounded in reality. Full-blown action is not what originally attracted me to the Jurassic Park film series, it was the thoughtful construction of suspense, and the feeling of child-like wonder. Let’s hope J.A. Bayona and company can recapture some of that magic in a bottle. I look forward to Summer of 2018 and cannot wait to see what they come up with nonetheless! Stay tuned for more Jurassic World sequel news and check out some of the previous stories below for more information.

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