J.A. Bayona at the event of A Monster Calls in 2016 (Photo by Ben Gabbe / Getty Images)

J. A. Bayona (born Juan Antonio Garcia Bayona on May 9, 1975) is a Spanish director of thriller and drama films.

His professional career began in 1999, and he would win two Goya Awards, and others, for directing The Orphanage (2007) and The Impossible (2012). In 2018, he directed Universal Pictures' Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom.

Bayona was announced on July 2, 2019 to be executive producer, with Belén Atienza[1], and director of the first two episodes of Amazon Studios' Middle-earth TV series (as he had with Showtime's Penny Dreadful), coming in 2021. The show's other producers will include Eugene Kelly (of Band of Brothers and Westworld) and Lindsey Weber.

Bayona is a friend of Guillermo del Toro, a temporary director of The Hobbit film trilogy.

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