Back in February, Universal announced Jurassic World 3 was happening. Seeing how much money the first entry made ($1.6 billion), the move was expected. The announcement was a little preemptive given the first sequel isn’t even in theaters yet, but studios love a money-making franchise. With writers and an executive producer in tow, the only thing the movie was missing was a director.
Universal and executive producer Steven Spielberg decided to go a familiar face to helm the blockbuster. “Colin Trevorrow is going to write and direct the third Jurassic World story,” stated executive producer Steven Spielberg, breaking the news to Entertainment Weekly.
After the success of the first movie, Trevorrow landed the coveted job of directing Star Wars Episode IX, leading to him passing on directing Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, only to leave the project months later due to creative differences.
He still remained close to the franchise, executive producing and writing the script for Fallen Kingdom. Once the job opened up for the third installment, Universal, and most importantly Steven Spielberg, turned to Trevorrow.
Trevorrow will now direct, executive produce and co-write the script with Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim: Uprising). Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard aren’t signed up for the sequel yet, but they’re expected to return.
Jurassic World 3 is scheduled to arrive in theaters June 11, 2021. In the meantime, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will hit cinemas June 22.