The sequel to this year’s biggest blockbuster has received an official release date from Universal Pictures.
According to Variety, the as-yet untitled fifth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise will be released on June 22nd, 2018. Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected to reprise their roles of Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, respectively. Steven Spielberg will return as executive producer through his company Amblin Entertainment. Although director Colin Trevorrow had previously stated that he won’t return as the director of any possible sequels to his film, he will reportedly be joining Derek Connolly as the co-screenwriter for the upcoming sequel. There’s no indication yet on who will ultimately direct the next film.
This news isn’t exactly surprising, especially coming off of the news this week that Jurassic World had surpassed The Avengers as the number three highest grossing film of all-time. The film acts as a sequel more to the original film than the first two sequels from 1997 and 2001, whose events are not mentioned at all during Jurassic World. Trevorrow has talked a bit in the past about how a sequel could explore the weaponization of dinosaurs, but of course nothing is confirmed at this early stage.
Jurassic World has one remaining territory left to open in theaters: Japan, where it will bow on August 6th. For more on the Jurassic franchise as it continues to move forward, keep a tab open to GeekNation.
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