Yep, Jurassic World 2 is a thing that's happening, really you didn't think they'd stop at one? Not after breaking the all-time box office opening weekend record, grossing over $524 million. Wow, I guess you really can just make money off the franchise name alone.
Funnily enough, the latest news about the Jurassic World sequel is closely aligned with another movie which made it's money primarily from working off a popular franchise name rather than from it's own merits - World War Z.
You'll probably remember World War Z as that zombie movie from a couple years back that was fairly mediocre but still made a ton of money. Based very loosely on the popular World War Z: An Oral History Of The Zombie War novel by Max Brooks (Mel Brook's son), World War Z was a box office hit and so, like Jurassic World, the sequel was pretty much a given.
Despite becoming the highest grossing zombie movie of all time, World War Z received mixed reviews mainly due to the anti-climactic ending, a product of the troubled production and various rewrites, reshoots and the complete alteration of the ending. Max Brooks himself was fairly unimpressed with the end result, claiming that the total rewrite of the original script meant that the movie now had nothing in common with his book but the title. Plans for a sequel were originally abandoned after the difficult production, but the amount of money it made changed Paramount's mind, scheduling the World War Z Sequel for release June 9th 2017.
Anyway, the latest news connecting World War Z 2 and Jurassic World 2 is that Universal had reportedly had it's eye on The Orphanage and The Impossible director J. A. Bayona to direct the upcoming dinosaur movie. The problem? Bayona has been on board to direct World War Z 2 for a while now (nearly two years, actually). Of course rumours surfaced as they are wont to do, whispering that his involvement with World War Z 2 was now in danger if he chose to jump ship to Jurassic World 2 instead.
However it seems that there's not actually any danger of this happening now as Bayona has a pretty iron-clad holding deal with Paramount for World War Z 2 which would prevent him from skipping over to Universal to direct the Jurassic World sequel instead. Though it does seem that something positive has come out of all this uncertainty, as Universal's interest in the up and coming director has reportedly forced Paramount to keep him sweet, and set a new script write in motion.
And what of Jurassic World 2 then? Though we don't have a director confirmed for the sequel yet we do know that Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow is back to co-write the script, and will executive produce alongside Steven Spielberg. Both Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will reprise their roles in the sequel, due to be released June 22, 2018.
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