One of the biggest films of 2018, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is finally being released on DVD and Blu-ray in the United Kingdom on November 5th. In anticipation of the home release, Fallen Kingdom director J.A. Bayona and writer/executive producer Colin Trevorrow spoke with The Hollywood News about the middle film in the franchise’s second trilogy and even talked about their roles on the next film tentatively being referred to as “Jurassic World 3”.
It was announced earlier this year that Colin Trevorrow, who directed and wrote the fourth installment of the franchise and the first film of the second trilogy, Jurassic World, would be returning to the director’s chair for Jurassic World 3. The next installment in the franchise is set to hit theaters on June 11, 2021.
Trevorrow has been very involved with the creation of this new trilogy, and is the director on the next film, but what about Bayona’s possible role in the future of the franchise? Will he have any creative say or have an official role with Jurassic World 3? According to Bayona, it doesn’t sound like he will be involved, at least not in an official capacity. But he does leave the door open for a possible return to the franchise if there is another film. Jurassic Park 7 anyone?
J.A. Bayona – “Not really. I think it is great that Colin, who started it all, finishes the story. I would love to come back some day to the Jurassic universe but I think it is time for Colin to finish what he started.”
Though that doesn’t mean Bayona will not be consulted for the next film as Trevorrow goes on to acknowledge that he is now part of the “Jurassic” family.
Colin Trevorrow – “I am directing it but believe me I will be calling JA regularly to consult because he is part of our family now. When Steven Spielberg agreed that I wasn’t going to do the second one, he asked me if I would do the third and I promised that I would. I asked him to trust me that this choice was going to pay off and he did. He was a fan of Bayona as well. And I feel very good right now because I think that the choice did pay off. JA has directed a fantastic film. But it hasn’t changed my mind that we need to bring a strong new voice into each one of these films and for the third one I am bringing in a different writer, Emily Carmichael, who is working with me. I think doing that is something that keeps things fresh.”
Both Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom were box office monsters having grossed nearly $3 billion worldwide combined. It is a safe bet that Universal Pictures is pretty confident that Jurassic World 3 will continue that track and be another highly successful film for them. Trevorrow and newcomer Emily Carmichael are currently hard at work writing the script and targeting a shoot start date of early 2020.
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