Jurassic World 2 Wraps Filming This Week
Producer Frank Marshall has confirmed that principal photography on the Jurassic World sequel, now known to be titled Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, wraps up this week. The Jurassic World followup has been shooting in Hawaii for some two months now, after spending its first few months of production shooting on sound stages based in London.
Fallen Kingdom builds on the events of its predecessor – itself, a semi-continuation/soft reboot of the Jurassic Park franchise – though plot details beyond that are being kept under lock and key, at the moment. That being said, it is known that Jurassic World protagonists Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) are back in the second installment, as is BD Wong as the conspiring ex-Jurassic Park (and now, ex-Jurassic World) geneticist Henry Wu. Also returning to the Jurassic Park movie series for Fallen Kingdom is Jeff Goldblum, reprising his role as the mathematician/chaotician Ian Malcolm for the first time in twenty years (following his last appearance in 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park).
Marshall, Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona and co-screenwriter Colin Trevorrow (who directed the first Jurassic World) have all been keeping fans up-to-speed with developments on the new dinosaur adventure, via social media posts – updates that range from the official Fallen Kingdom poster/title confirmation to videos of Bayona bringing “practical effect” dinosaurs to life. It’s only fitting, then, that Marshall be the one to reveal when filming on the sequel will be coming to a close – as he has done, by way of the Twitter post.
With filming now confirmed to wrap up this week on the Jurassic World sequel (not including the inevitable pickup shoots down the road), it begs the question of when we can expect the first teaser trailer for the movie to arrive. It’s rumored that the Fallen Kingdom teaser trailer will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con later this month, and this new update from Marshall does nothing to negate that as a real possibility. Distributor Universal Pictures doesn’t have any upcoming summer tent pole release to debut the Fallen Kingdom teaser with in theaters this year, so the studio could plausibly use a major event like Comic-Con to kick-off promotion for the film, instead.
The Fallen Kingdom cast and crew, when asked during interviews, have been keen to emphasize that the Jurassic World sequel will be scarier than its predecessor – thanks in no small amount to the involvement of Bayona, an acclaimed filmmaker whose body of work includes the horror film The Orphanage and TV show Penny Dreadful, as well as the survival thriller The Impossible. A teaser that establishes Fallen Kingdom as being a more intense roller coaster ride than its immediate predecessor would both get the sequel’s marketing started on the right foot and support Trevorrow’s claim that Fallen Kingdom will be better than Jurassic World. Now, we just have to wait and see if/when such a teaser drops.