Following its financial success at the box office last year, it didn’t take long for Universal Studios to announce work on a sequel to Jurassic World, with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard set to return for the film, which was announced for a summer 2018 release date as well.
However, there wasn’t much word on whether or not Jurassic World helmer, Colin Trevorrow, would be returning to direct the film, after being slated to direct Star Wars: Episode IX for Disney and Lucasfilm, which is slated for a 2019 release date.
Now, Trevorrow has taken to Twitter to announce that The Impossible director, J.A. Bayona, will be taking over for the film’s sequel. Check out the tweet below:
Proud to collaborate with one of my favorite filmmakers on the next Jurassic adventure. JA Bayona, it’s all yours.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) April 18, 2016
Despite not returning to direct the sequel though, Trevorrow is currently hard at work on the film’s script with original co-writer, Derek Connolly returning as well, to help craft the story for the franchise moving forward, which received a much-neeeded restart thanks to the massive film last year.
Bayona broke out onto the scene in a major way with his work on the 2012 family drama, The Impossible, which starred Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, and more as a family that was separated and injured in the wake of the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. It’s possibly one of the most emotionally potent films of the past few years as well, and if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend checking it out at some point.
Coming off of that and A Monster Calls later this year as well, I can only imagine what kind of take Bayona might bring to the next installment in the Jurassic franchise. No story details have been released regarding the sequel as of yet either, other than Trevorrow revealing that he had always envisioned the new era in the franchise as a trilogy, starting with Jurassic World and moving forward. The film seemed to receive mixed reviews from fans and critics last year though as well, with some seeming to love it, and others going so far as to call it a substance-less follow-up to the original Spielberg classic.
As someone who enjoyed the film though for what it was, I am excited to see how the franchise might evolve and move forward in the new installments. Hopefully we won’t have to see anymore of dinosaurs wreaking havoc on an island filled with dumb people this time around. Though I also don’t want any more talking velociraptors… please
The Jurassic World sequel is set to hit theatres on June 22nd, 2018.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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