The Lost Park: Jurassic World.
Absolutely no one, not even Universal, was expecting Jurassic World to become the mega hit that it did, grossing over $1.670 billion dollars. That is an insane amount of money. It comes as no surprise that Universal would green-light a sequel. Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow won’t be returning for the sequel, on account of this small little film called Star Wars Episode IX, but that hasn’t stopped Universal from moving forward. And now it appears they have found their director in J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible, the upcoming A Monster Calls). Producer Frank Marshall has confirmed this on Twitter:
I’m not overly familiar with Bayona’s work (although The Impossible has been on my movie back log for a while) but from what I’ve heard he is a talented director. This is the latest entry into the trend of hiring small indie directors to helm major blockbusters such as Jon Watts for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Rian Johnson for Star Wars Episode VIII, or even Colin Trevorrow himself for Jurassic World. Now I wasn’t incredibly impressed with Jurassic World, it was fun but looking back there were a ton of issues with that film, but that lies mostly within the script.
I actually liked Trevorrow’s directing, and if they can address some of the lousy script issues they had with Jurassic World, I think hiring another up and coming indie director is a smart move. I’ll count myself as cautiously optimistic about a Jurassic World sequel, though honestly I’m not sure how they can continue on with the story, but I guess we’ll find out soon enough.
The Jurassic World sequel will open on June 22, 2018, and is set to star Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.