Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow will return to the franchise for its third installment, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“Colin Trevorrow is going write and direct the third Jurassic World story,” executive producer Steven Spielberg told EW. Trevorrow also co-wrote and directed 2015’s Jurassic World, a massive box office success lauded as a serviceable action film, if something of a letdown compared to its 1993 predecessor, Jurassic Park. Since then, World’s reputation may have tarnished somewhat with age, or at least it has in some online discussions.
Three months after Jurassic World hit theaters, Trevorrow was tapped to direct Star Wars: Episode IX, a move that eventually found him in some controversy. First, the director said the only reason more up-and-coming women directors weren’t directing major studio action tentpoles like Jurassic Park and Star Wars — as he was — was because they didn’t have “the desire” to do so, a statement he later apologized for. Seemingly unrelatedly, a petition circulated in 2016 to have him removed from Episode IX, in order to put George Lucas in the director’s chair.
Those petitioners got the first half of their demands last fall, when Lucasfilm announced that he was off the project, saying “Colin has been a wonderful collaborator throughout the development process but we have all come to the conclusion that our visions for the project differ.” Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has since taken the job.
It seems as though that’s left some time in Trevorrow’s schedule to return to the franchise that gave him his first big box office success (his other feature film release since, Book of Henry, was roundly panned). This third Jurassic World film is as-yet unnamed, but will follow this summer’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which was also co-written by Trevorrow.