Director J.A. Bayona has revealed the heart-breaking death of the Brachiosaurus in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was inspired by Steven Spielberg's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
Spielberg of course also directed the first wo Jurassic Park movies and served as a producer on the subsequent installments of the franchise. Bayona has already covered how he sneaked two E.T. Easter eggs into Fallen Kingdom with a cuddly toy and the canyon featured at the end of the movie, but neither is as tragic as his final homage to the stranded alien.
Bayona confirmed on Twitter that the Fallen Kingdom scene of the Brachiosaurus perishing in the flames of Isla Nublar is a visual representation of E.T.'s beating heart.
In Spielberg's 1982 classic, E.T. showed emotion with a glowing heart seen through his chest. Re-watching the Brachiosaurus scene from Fallen Kingdom, it's easy to spot Bayona's reference now that he's made it clearer.
Fallen Kingdom was effectively split into two halves. The first focused on the Dinosaur Protection Group attempting to save the endangered creatures from an active volcano, while the second moved the dinosaurs off-island and into darker territory on the Lockwood Estate. Not only the climax to the Isla Nublar story, the death of the Brachiosaurus was one of the most memorable moments in the movie — if not the entire franchise.
From Jurassic Park's Raptors in the kitchen to The Lost World's trailer sequence, Jurassic Park III's birdcage to Zara's death with the Mosasaurus in Jurassic World, every movie in the franchise has always had a standout scene. Watching the Brachiosaurus perish in the flames of Mt. Sibo is now up there with rest. Also, knowing that Bayona used the iconic scene to pay tribute to one of Spielberg's other greats adds another layer to Fallen Kingdom.
With the fifth movie in the franchise already passing the $1 billion mark, all eyes are on where returning director Colin Trevorrow will go with the concluding chapter of the Jurassic World saga. While that particular Brachiosaurus won't be returning, there's every chance that a few more nods to Spielberg make their way into the next movie.
Directed by J.A. Bayona from a script by Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard and B.D. Wong, joined by Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Ted Levine, Geraldine Chaplin, James Cromwell, and Jeff Goldblum.