Slash Film got to travel to Honolulu, Hawaii to speak with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley. The interview reveals a lot of new details about the upcoming sequel and one of the biggest pieces of news comes from legendary producer, Frank Marshall. Marshall revealed that Fallen Kingdom director, J.A. Bayona, was the first choice to direct 2015’s Jurassic World.
Yeah. And ’cause I love The Impossible and I love The Orphanage and I thought oh God, he can handle action and characters and who is this guy? And so I called him and we met. And it turns out he was this huge Jurassic Park fan. Sort of like Colin. This is before Colin. But we were like on the fast track. And he said, I need a lot of time. I know what I need. I need my prep time. I have a certain process I go through and all that. And I just don’t think I can do it. ‘Cause we had that other, we had the other script. And so I said, well and he said, I’ve got this other movie that I’m thinking of doing too. So thanks, but no thanks. And so I filed that in the back of my brain. And then found Colin. So when we were starting to talk about the next one, I called J.A. And we met in England. And they were, at the time, they were on World War Z 2, I guess it was. Right? Yeah, and so he wasn’t really available. But we had a really great dinner. And then you know what happened, he decided not to do that. And they called me. And we were still looking for a director. And because the good news is Colin and Derek were writing the script as opposed to the last one, we didn’t have a script we liked. So the timing worked out perfectly for them to come on and for him to have the time to do his process. And because it’s the middle movie, it needs to be a little more suspenseful and scary and he just seemed to be perfect. It seemed to be perfect timing for having him come in.