Last summer, “Jurassic World” opened in over 60 countries grossing over $500 million in its record-breaking opening weekend. It later went on to gross over $1.6 billion at the box office making it the fourth-highest-grossing film of all time. So naturally, Universal announced the release date for a sequel just a month after the film entered theaters, and now producer Frank Marshall and “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow announced on Twitter that director Juan Antonio (J.A.) Bayona will direct “Jurassic World 2.”
Bayona has directed two films prior to the upcoming “Jurassic World” sequel: the 2007 Spanish mystery/thriller film “The Orphanage,” about a woman who learns the secrets about the orphanage where she grew up, and the 2012 disaster drama “The Impossible,” based on the experiences of María Belón and her family during the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. He has also directed two episodes of the popular British-American horror drama “Penny Dreadful.” “Jurassic World 2” will be Bayona’s first franchise film.
The sequel will still retain many familiar names. Actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are set to reprise their roles. Trevorrow and co-writer Derek Connolly will pen the script. Plus, Spielberg and Trevorrow will executive produce the highly-anticipated sequel. The sequel is set to be released on June 22, 2018.