“Jurassic World” is officially the third highest-grossing movie of all time, which obviously means it’s destined for a sequel. Now, the studio has made it official by revealing the release date and writers for the follow up movie.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Universal Pictures is releasing whatever it has planned for a sequel to “Jurassic World” on Friday, June 22, 2018. What’s more, principal stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will reprise their roles as Owen and Claire respectively for the next movie.
As Entertainment Weekly previously reported, the breakout director of “Jurassic World,” Colin Trevorrow (who only had one film credit to his name prior to snagging the hit dinosaur film), doesn’t plan to return for a sequel.
“’Jurassic Park’ is like ‘Star Wars.’ Different directors can give a different taste to each movie,” Trevorrow said. “I would be involved in some way, but not as director.”
Now it seems that Trevorrow is making good on that statement as Universal Pictures has announced he and “Jurassic World” co-writer, Derek Connolly, will pen the script to the sequel. Meanwhile, the “Safety Not Guaranteed” director will join Steven Spielberg as an executive producer. However, no director has been announced for the upcoming sequel.
Blogger Umberto Gonzalez, who has a pretty decent track record with this kind of news, reports that Trevorrow may not be returning to the “Jurassic” franchise in order to work on “Star Wars: Episode 9.” While these reports are unconfirmed, his success with Spielberg’s previous blockbuster property puts the not-so-novice director in a unique position to be on the short list of directors for the iconic science-fiction franchise. “Star Wars: Episode 9” would mark the third film in its new trilogy, kicking off with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in December.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Jurassic World” passed the $1.522 billion global box office mark, edging out “The Avengers” to become the third highest-grossing movie of all time, behind only “Avatar” ($2.788 billion) and “Titanic” ($2.186 billion).