BREAKING: Universal Pictures has set a June 22, 2018, release date for Jurassic World Sequel, which hopefully will have a catchier title and a director soon. But it does have Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard returning as the leads and Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow writing the script. He isn’t returning as director because it’s expected he’ll instead go off and do one of the Star Wars films. Frank Marshall andSteven Spielberg are also in the braintrust.
It’s not surprising Universal would move aggressively on another sequel based on the novel by the late Michael Crichton, or that it would do it faster than the 14 years it took to make the fourth Jurassic movie. That delay had much to do with the tensions between Universal brass and Spielberg after his DreamWorks got close to making a distribution deal with the studio that owns the lot where he has been headquartered his entire career. Spielberg stayed in those Amblin offices, but the feelings were frosty when Spielberg’s DreamWorks made a distribution alliance at the last minute with Disney, leaving Universal at the altar.
All that is forgotten after the outsized performance of Jurassic World, which has grossed $614.3 million domestic and a whopping $1.522 billion worldwide. This week it became the third-highest-grossing film of all time, passing The Avengers.