A Jurassic World sequel has been a foregone conclusion in light of the dinosaur-themed action flick’s incredible box office success. Nonetheless, fans looking for more will be thrilled to hear that Universal Pictures has officially set a release date for the still untitled follow-up to the box office juggernaut slated to land in June of 2018. According to Deadline, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard have singed on to reprise their roles in the new film, as well.
As the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise, Jurassic World rejuvenated the series after a 14-year lapse. When it hit theaters on June 12, 2015, the Colin Trevorrow-directed film immediately took over the box office, and didn’t let go, setting record after record.
Most recently, Jurassic World knocked Disney/Marvel’s The Avengers out of the third spot on the list of highest-grossing films in box office history. As of Wednesday, Jurassic World has brought in $1.522 billion worldwide and $614.3 million in the U.S.
Naturally, Universal Pictures is eager to cash in on more Jurassic films, and this time the wait won’t be nearly as long. Trevorrow doesn’t plan to return as director, but since he’ll still be writing the script, all isn’t lost. (He’s reportedly expected to jump from the Jurassic Park franchise to Star Wars: Episode 9 — so many iconic franchises, so little time.) Producers Frank Marshall and Steven Spielberg will team up again for the sequel.
The official Jurassic Park Twitter account shared the exciting news today.
— #JurassicWorld (@JurassicPark) July 23, 2015
Little is yet known about what direction the Jurassic World sequel’s plot will take, but with such huge shoes to fill, it’ll be interesting to see if the new movie can live up to the hype of its predecessor. Ready or not, more dinos are coming your way.
Mark your calendars for the Jurassic World 2 release on June 22, 2018.