J.A. Bayona
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J.A. Bayona

J.A.
Bayona

Director

Being assigned to direct “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” marked major Hollywood recognition for one of Europe’s foremost young directors, thanks to three films: two fantasies, the other a disaster movie. They add psychological substance to genre set-ups, marking a powerful trilogy that turns on mother-son relationships and loss.

It is no coincidence, perhaps, that Bayona’s 2007 feature debut, the Spanish-language “The Orphanage,” produced by Barcelona’s Rodar y Rodar, was grandfathered by Guillermo del Toro. As in del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth,” Bayona’s movies ground shocks, effects and fantasy in the psychology of baseline human relationships: a mother’s battle to assume maternity and her small son’s disappearance in “The Orphanage”; another mother’s struggle to reunite her family after a tsunami in 2012’s true-event-inspired “The Impossible,” which won Naomi Watts an Oscar nomination; in 2016’s “A Monster Calls,” a son’s attempt to articulate his emotions at his mother’s dying from cancer.

Make it real, and the fans will come flocking. Though 2016’s “A Monster Calls” failed to catch a box office fire outside Bayona’s native Spain, few burgeoning film careers have borne this out like Bayona’s, whose movies, though all produced outside Spain, have grossed $302 million to date worldwide. His “Jurassic World” gig now takes the career of Bayona, an alum of Barcelona’s Escac film school, to a whole different level.

Career

  • IMPOSSIBLE, THE
  • MONSTER CALLS, A
  • ORPHANAGE, THE

Education

  • ESCAC Escola de Cinema & Audiovisuals de Catalunya (Spain)

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'Jurassic World 2' Finds Director in J.A. Bayona

'Jurassic World 2' Finds Director in J.A. Bayona

J.A. Bayona is on board to direct "Jurassic World 2" for Universal Pictures.Producer Frank Marshall and "Jurassic World" director Colin Trevorrow confirmed the news on Twitter.https://twitter.com/LeDoctor/status/722107110939435008https://twitter.com/colintrevorrow/status/722105835124584451Bayona had long been rumored to be the frontrunner for the job after he parted ways with another major sequel, "World War Z 2," last year. Sources tell Variety that a deal has officially closed.Exec producers Steven Spielberg and Trevorrow will reunite with stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard for the follow-up to one of the biggest...

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