It was announced back in January that Juan Antonio Bayona would no long be directing World War Z as he’s focusing on completing A Monster Calls.
News then broke, via Deadline, that the real reason was that Bayona could end up directing Jurassic World 2 for Universal Pictures.
This morning producer Frank Marshall confirmed the news on Twitter.
Thrilled to announce JA Bayona is on board to direct JW2. Welcome to the team @FilmBayona!
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) April 18, 2016
Colin Trevorrow directed the Jurassic Park sequel/reboot, and after it grossed over $1.6 billion, he accepted the job directing Star Wars: Episode IX.
Trevorrow wrote the sequel with Derek Connolly and they’ve waited to get a good script before looking for a director, the site also reported in January, but all this is going to get moving soon for a complex picture dated June 22, 2018.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected back.
I didn’t dislike Jurassic World as much as the critics, and found most of the issues to be script-related. If anything, it was enjoyable, mindless popcorn entertainment that was better than the previous two installments. I’m dying to see what Juan Antonio Bayona can do the franchise and hope the Universal execs let him express his “dark” side that we’re so accustom to.