The fifth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise – or perhaps, as Universal would rather call it, Jurassic World 2 – finally has its director. The Impossible filmmaker J.A. Bayona got the job today.
Universal announced the news on Facebook. Bayona follows in the footsteps of Colin Trevorrow, who left the director’s chair to work on the small-scale movie The Book of Henry. Trevorrow, who will remain a producer and co-writer, is also going to work on Star Wars: Episode IX, so there was no way he could head back to Isla Nublar.
Bayona became available after he decided to leave Paramount and Skydance‘s sequel to the Brad Pitt hit World War Z. Deadline reported in January that he left that job and the director immediately became linked to Jurassic World 2.¬†Bayona is a Spanish filmmaker whose next film is A Monster Calls, which hits theaters in October. He directed 2012’s The Impossible, which earned Naomi Watts an Oscar nomination.
Jurassic World 2 (or Jurassic Park 5) hits theaters on June 22, 2018. It has some high expectations to live up to after Trevorrow’s film grossed $1.6 billion worldwide last year.