After months of unconfirmed rumors, the follow-up to 2015’s smash hit has finally found its director in Juan Antonio Bayona.
The announcement came from the Twitter feeds of producer Frank Marshall, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow, and even J.A. Bayona himself.
Thrilled to announce JA Bayona is on board to direct JW2. Welcome to the team @FilmBayona!
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) April 18, 2016
Proud to collaborate with one of my favorite filmmakers on the next Jurassic adventure. JA Bayona, it's all yours.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) April 18, 2016
— JA Bayona (@FilmBayona) April 18, 2016
For those of you who dont know J.A. Bayona, he directed 2007’s supernatural horror movie The Orphanage and 2012’s powerful, Oscar-nominated disaster drama The Impossible with Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor. His next project is a fantasy/horror drama titled A Monster Calls, which stars Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, and Sigourney Weaver, and opens later this fall.
Bayona was suppoesed to direct another major sequel, World War Z 2, but due to scheduling conflicts with A Monster Calls (currently wrapping at that time), the director decided to withdraw from Paramount’s zombie sequel. Since the departure, he had been a major front-runner for the directorial post in Jurassic World 2.
Executive producers Steven Spielberg and Trevorrow will team up once again with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in the sequel to one of cinema’s highest-grossing blockbusters. Marshall and Pat Crowley will produce along Belén Atienza, with Trevorrow and partner Derek Connolly writing the script.
Jurassic World 2 is scheduled for release on June 22, 2018.