‘Jurassic World 2’ Nabs J.A. Bayona as Director

J.A. Bayona

J.A. Bayona

The hunt for a director for “Jurassic World 2” is finally over. J.A. Bayona, who previously made waves (pun intended) with the tsunami drama “The Impossible,” has signed on to direct the sequel to the massively successful “Jurassic World.”

Previous helmer Colin Trevorrow is not returning due to the conflicting film “Star Wars: Episode IX,” which Trevorrow is directing and writing. However, Trevorrow is staying on board “Jurassic World 2” as executive producer and writer. Derek Connolly is also writing the screenplay.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected to return for the dino flick, which is being scheduled for release on June 22, 2018 – almost exactly three years after its predecessor was released.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bayona had previously been in talks for the film as early as last year. However, a previous deal to direct “World War Z 2” prevented him from taking on the “Jurassic” project. Finally, in January, Bayona left the project and Paramount issued the following statement:

“Because of pre-existing film commitments, Bayona is not able to make World War Z this year, and it is our ambition to do so. He is a wonderful director, and we hope to work with him soon.”

This will be the fifth film in the wildly successful “Jurassic” franchise. “Jurassic World” crushed box office records, taking in a massive $1.6 billion box office haul. It became the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time (when inflation is not accounted for), as well as the second-highest-grossing film of last year.

Stay tuned for more updates on the cast, crew and plot of the film.