EXCLUSIVE: Keep an eye on Juan Antonio Bayona as things heat up on the director front for Jurassic World 2. I’d heard his name way back in September, when it was denied, and then he attached to World World Z 2. After Deadline revealed last week that he exited that picture over timing, I am now once again hearing his name as potential director for the Dino sequel. Colin Trevorrow directed the Jurassic 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, but all this is going to get moving soon for a complex picture dated June 22, 2018. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard starred in the first one and are expected back.
Back when I first inquired, I was told Bayona has a close relationship with producer Frank Marshall and everybody else there, so their talking didn’t necessarily mean he was directing, and I am told now by all sides that there are no talks yet, or offer for that matter. So all I can say at this point is, keep an eye on Bayona, who directed The Impossible and The Orphanage and is currently engaged in A Monster Calls.