‘Jurassic World 2’ Will Reportedly Be One Of The Most Expensive Movies Ever

Jurassic World cost $150 million to make, not including the millions more spent on Margaritaville marketing. For a modern-day blockbuster, especially one featuring a big-name star (Chris Pratt), CGI dinosaurs, and Jimmy Fallon cameos, that’s not too expensive, actually. Waterworld was a $172 million waste of money, for instance, and that came out 21 years ago. But according to Juan Antonio Bayona, who will direct the next installment of the planned trilogy, Jurassic World 2 — or as it should be called, Jurassic Galaxy — will have a much bigger budget than the original. Those raptors don’t work cheap. Bayona spoke to El Pais in an interview picked up by Scified:

Bayona confirmed that the Jurassic World sequel does have an official title, however the formal announcement will be at a later date… Notably, Bayona confirmed that the budget for the Jurassic World sequel would be 260 million dollars. This is a massive increase from Jurassic World‘s production of 150 million dollars. Bayonne [sic.] did not give a specified reason for this large budgetary increase.

A $260 million budget would place Jurassic World 2 in the top-six of the most expensive films of all-time, behind only Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($378.5 million!), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and John Carter, and tied with Tangled. (Oddly, John Carter, one of the biggest cinematic bombs ever, has aged the best.) As for where the money (the CGI wasn’t the problem with Jurassic World; the script was) will go…

Jeff Goldblum has said he’s “too open” to appear in Jurassic World 2, so a starring role, or at least a cameo appearance, is likely, if only to win back fans of Jurassic Park who didn’t love Colin Trevorrow’s take. (For what it’s worth: Jurassic Park, $63 million budget; The Lost World: Jurassic Park, $73 million.) Maybe this time he can afford a shirt, or at least a nice pair of high heels.

(Via El Pais via Scified))