In an interview with LRM Online, director Juan Antonio Bayona confirmed that Jurassic World was the start of a new trilogy for the film series. Bayona, who will be succeeding Colin Trevorrow in directing the trilogy’s second installment, will still be working closely with Trevorrow since all three movies are said to share a connected story line.
“The whole Jurassic World is a trilogy that Colin Trevorrow has envisioned,” clarifies Bayona. “We’re writing the second chapter, and it’s very interesting where he’s leading the story.”
“I grew up watching Steven Spielberg movies and I love those movies and the legacy, so it’s a question of being truthful to the legacy and at the same time, bringing new stuff that people will appreciate.” Bayona also stated shooting will start in six months, expressing his excitement for the project.
Back in September 2015, Trevorrow told the Jurassic Cast Podcast that the trilogy doesn’t necessarily need more or bigger dinosaurs, but rather building upon the premise established by Jurassic World, which more or less focused on the relationship between humans and dinosaurs.
“Jurassic World was very much made with the fans in mind, and I’m not going to forget it,” Trevorrow said, “but now we’ve seen a lot of ‘dinosaurs chasing people around on an island’ movies. I think you guys and also the general audience is going to be down to explore where else we can go.”
The Jurassic World sequel is targeting a June 22, 2018 release date. Special thanks to GameSpot for sharing the news.