Jurassic World 3 now has a director, and it’s not exactly a huge surprise. While a Jurassic Park reboot was in the works for years, it finally came to fruition with 2015’s Jurassic World to box office record-smashing results. Steven Spielberg had a strong hand in the crafting of that film, especially when it came to choosing a director. Indeed, Colin Trevorrow was handpicked to breathe new life into the franchise based on the strength of his Sundance indie Safety Not Guaranteed, and while critics were a bit muted to the final product, audiences flocked to Jurassic World in droves.
Universal quickly greenlit a sequel, but Trevorrow was busy elsewhere so J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) signed on to direct this summer’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. But now Trevorrow is back, as Spielebrg confirmed to EW that Trevorrow is writing and directing Jurassic World 3.
This both is and isn’t a surprise. The reason Trevorrow didn’t direct Fallen Kingdom was because after Jurassic World, Lucasfilm signed him to close out the new Star Wars trilogy by directing Star Wars: Episode IX. But last fall, in the wake of Trevorrow’s box office bomb The Book of Henry—which also received some of the most scathing reviews in recent memory—Lucasfilm parted ways with Trevorrow. To be fair the decision likely wasn’t only based on Book of Henry as it was reported that Trevorrow had been having creative disagreements with Lucasfilm over the Star Wars script for some time, but Book of Henry was a very disappointing follow-up to a film as huge as Jurassic World, so folks were curious to see what Trevorrow would do next.
The filmmaker was intimately involved in Jurassic World 2 even if he didn’t direct, returning to co-write the script with Derek Connolly and serving as hands-on producer while Bayona brought his own visual flair to the sequel. It was announced last month that Jurassic World 3 was on track to hit theaters on June 11, 2021, with Trevorrow co-writing the script alongside Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim Uprising), and now the film is very much in line hit that release date with Trevorrow back in the director’s chair.
It’s actually a bit ironic, as The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams took over Trevorrow’s duties on Episode IX to close out that trilogy after handing the reigns to Rian Johnson for The Last Jedi, and now Trevorrow is returning to his own rebooted franchise to bookend that series. If it wasn’t clear before, Spielberg has very much passed the Jurassic Park baton to Trevorrow, who now seems to be the main architect of this new franchise.