Despite Colin Trevorrow hopping off Jurassic World to take up the helm on the slightly more glamorous Star Wars: Episode IX, the director is still a major player on Jurassic World 2. He’s still on scripting duties for the sequel, and it turns out that he went ahead and pretty much planned out a third film in the franchise, too.
According to Jurassic World 2‘s producer Frank Marshall, who’s overseeing a whole bunch of other huge projects, like future Bourne movies and Indiana Jones 5 to boot, “when Colin designed Jurassic World, he was looking forward as well to what No. 2 and No. 3 might be.”
But Marshall has no qualms about Trevorrow’s replacement. When asked what makes J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage, A Monster Calls) right for the dinosaur-heavy project, he was very enthusiastic.
“He brings the same thing that Colin did. He’s a wonderful filmmaker, but he’s also a fan of the franchise, so that combination we discovered is a really good one. If you look at his movies, he’s got a tremendous eye and will bring a freshness but also a familiarity to the movie.”
Bayona certainly proved he has what it takes to whip up the tension with 2012’s The Impossible, so it will be interesting to see what he does when the raptors come knockin’.
It’s been confirmed that this time around, the UK will be getting the film first. Universal has revealed that Jurassic World 2 will be in UK cinemas on Thursday June 7th, 2018 – over two weeks ahead of the US release.