First, Jurassic World 3 is definitely happening. Secondly: ex-Episode IX director Colin Trevorrow is returning to co-write and direct, according to Deadline.
The director first got the shot as resurrecting Universal’s Jurassic Park brand after his indie hit Safety Not Guaranteed. The result was the massively successful Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The studio was keen to capitalize on that success, but Trevorrow found himself engaged on a very important project: the ninth Star Wars saga picture. Developing the presumed final chapter of the saga — until people remember the time George Lucas said he had 12 movies in mind — meant Trevorrow would not be available for the Jurassic World sequel, enter The Impossible‘s J.A. Bayona, who helmed this summer’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. In the interim, Trevorrow and Lucasfilm parted ways, presumably because of script issues or a large scale conspiracy against the Star Wars brand.
Although, others pointed out the abysmal performance of his film Book of Henry and other internal Lucasfilm factors as more likely reasons for his dismissal.
Book of Henry also seemed to put him in movie jail until today’s announcement, which indicates Universal wants to be in the Colin Trevorrow business. Wonder if that means he’ll end up developing their floundering Dark Universe.
Jurassic World 3 is set for release on June 11th, 2021.