After the smash success of “Jurassic World,” Universal has dated a sequel for June 22, 2018.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return to star in the film, which Steven Spielberg will exec produce through his Amblin Entertainment banner.
Colin Trevorrow, who directed “Jurassic World,” will co-write the screenplay with Derek Connolly.
Given Jurassic World is now the third highest grossing movie of all time and Pratt is set to make Guardians of the Galaxy 2 for 2017, little of this news comes as a surprise.
Personally, I'm excited Trevorrow and Connolly are writing the sequel. I think they largely did a good job with World.
Although unlike the vast majority of Hollywood blockbusters I've seen, I did come away from Jurassic World with the feeling that I didn't immediately see an obvious route for a sequel. In fact, my impression was it almost felt as if they painted themselves into a corner where any further sequels might be tough. Certainly there doesn't seem any avenue for the island as a tourist attraction anymore, and I doubt if the writers want to do the whole "let's make up an excuse for our humans to have to go back a dinosaur filled island" plot line from the first two sequels again.
But I've only seen World once. Perhaps there's more threads there that become apparent upon subsequent viewings.