“Welcome…to Jurassic World.”
It’s going on three years since Colin Trevorrow’s franchise revival dominated theaters all over the globe ($1.6 billion), and now, the Powers That Be over at Universal are about to unleash a new breed of dino terror – quite literally, we might add – with Fallen Kingdom.
Behind the lens for this one is Spanish filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona, whose masterful work in the horror genre seeps into every frame of his Jurassic World sequel. Hell, he’s even warned viewers that his upcoming summer tentpole veers into full-blown horror territory around the halfway point, and that shift in tone likely has something to do with the man-made Indoraptor.
On paper, it’s a smaller, leaner version of the Indominus Rex – the true heavyweight of Isla Nublar – and every bit as deadly. Don’t believe us? Universal has today rolled out two new promos for next month’s sequel, with one, in particular, drawing attention to the old-school Rexy.
She’s the original Tyrannosaurus Rex from Jurassic Park, and after leaving the Indominus sleeping with the fishes three years ago, it’s pretty clear that she’s not to be trifled with, as Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady soon learns when he gets a little too close for comfort.
Speaking of nostalgia, it’s understood Universal’s third Jurassic World movie will be a callback to the original classic in that it’s being angled as a “science thriller.” That means no overblown set pieces and definitely no genetically modified and/or hybrid dinosaurs, as director Colin Trevorrow recently confirmed to Total Film (h/t Bloody Disgusting):
I’m looking forward to, in the third film, getting a little back into the Paleontological, wild animal, true dinosaur nature of all of it.
Fallen Kingdom, meanwhile, stomps into theaters June 22nd.