AUSTIN (KXAN) — On the heels of a big screening of “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” at the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz Thursday night, the film’s director visited KXAN to tell us what inspired him to be a part of one of the biggest movie franchises in history.
J.A. Bayona, a Spanish director who audiences may know from his previous films “The Impossible” and “A Monster Calls,” says he was always a fan of director Steven Spielberg and Michael Crichton, the author of “Jurassic Park” who died in 2008.
“I really love the way they were able to balance something that was fun but at the same time interesting, and it was a great chance to do a movie in Hollywood and a chance to work with Steven,” Bayona said.
It’s been 25 years since the original movie.
“I remember so well the moment I first saw Jurassic Park, and I remember the sense of wonder of being in front of a dinosaur, and also the sense of fear of what it is to be in front of a T.Rex,” Bayona said.
“We want to go back to that sense of fear and suspense,” he said, referencing the intense kitchen scene in the original film where a Velociraptor is hunting the two kids, Lex and Tim.
The premise of Fallen Kingdom is a volcano is about to erupt, threatening the lives of the remaining dinosaurs on the island.
“For the first time, it’s not about people rescuing people from dinosaurs, it’s about rescuing dinosaurs. And as a director I just wanted the audience to feel for the dinosaurs,” Bayona said. “They laugh, they jump, they scream, but they cry too.”
And as for the film’s star, Chris Pratt, Bayona said, “He’s even more awesome in person.”
The movie opens Friday, June 22.