Following up one of the highest grossing movies of all time presents a unique challenge, but when your movie is the fourth biggest box office hit of all time (third until Star Wars: The Force Awakens dropped), a sequel is inevitable. This is the situation Jurassic World 2 finds itself in, and with director Colin Trevorrow jumping franchises—he’ll actually helm Star Wars: Episode IX in 2019—they need to find someone to steer the ship, and it looks like they may have their man.
Just last week Juan Antonio Bayona left the upcoming horror sequel World War Z 2, and it looks like we may have learned part of the reason why he departed. Deadline reports that the Spanish director could be the one to take over the reins of the massive dinosaur blockbuster. He certainly has some rather large shoes to fill, and since Jurassic World made $1.6 billion worldwide, there will be high expectations for Jurassic World 2.
This is far from a done deal, however. According to the report, Bayona has a "close relationship" with super producer Frank Marshall, but despite that, all sides tell the trade that there has been no offer, and that there haven’t even been any real talks on the matter. So basically it sounds like the studio may be interested in the director, but that, at the moment, there has been no action taken. For the time being it’s probably best to take a wait and see approach.
Still, hiring J.A. Bayona would be an interesting movie. He’s never worked on something this scale before, but then again, Colin Trevorrow only had the low-budget indie sci-fi feature Safety Not Guaranteed under his belt when he got the call up to the big leagues. Primarily known for his work in horror with both The Orphanage, Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, and the upcoming dark fantasy When A Monster Calls, Bayona also helmed the disaster drama The Impossible. I wouldn’t sneeze at a Jurassic World movie with some more horror and tension thrown into the mix.
Though he’s moving on to Star Wars, Colin Trevorrow will still be involved with Jurassic World 2. He worked out the first draft of the script with his writing partner Derek Connolly, which is something they wanted to get out of the way before finding a director, but it sounds like all the pieces are coming together. Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected to be back for more, and as Jurassic World was always intended to be the start of something larger, the ending left room for a sequel to move in a number of different directions.
Though Juan Antonio Bayona directing Jurassic World 2 is far from a done deal, we should expect to hear solid news about the dinosaur adventure before too long. With a release date already penciled in for June 22, 2018, things will likely get rolling in earnest soon.