Colin Trevorrow, the man who rebooted Jurassic Park and helped turn Jurassic World into a box office smash, will be returning to direct Jurassic World 3, which will be the final installment of the trilogy. He’ll take the torch from J.A. Bayona, who is behind the lens for the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Trevorrow will also write the script with Pacific Rim Uprising scribe Emily Carmichael. More on the story below.
Steven Spielberg, who has served as executive producer on the previous Jurassic World films, confirmed Trevorrow’s return to EW.
Though we don’t know too much about part 3, this is an interesting turn of events for the franchise. Trevorrow wanted to have the franchise be a lot like Mission: Impossible, where different directors provide different voices. He would remain attached considering that he helped it become a huge success, but that was mostly relegated to screenwriting duties.
But now he will be back, and he will co-write the script with Pacific Rim Uprising writer Emily Carmichael.
In our Jurassic World interview with Trevorrow, the director explained why he didn’t come back for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom:
“This is something that Steven and I agreed to a long time ago, and I mentioned, actually, that in our very first meeting that it was important for me to tell different kinds of stories, and to be able to earn whatever street cred I have or will have as a filmmaker by making different kinds of films, and existing and living in different kinds of worlds. But that doesn’t mean I am not going to be involved. I do think, and this is just my honest answer, that this franchise that would be one that is best served more under the model with what Mission: Impossible has done with different directors bringing in new visions to something, that is in danger of something that has become repetitive. And this is just really me more acting as the custodians of this now to make sure that this continues on to be fresh and vital.”
I wonder what has changed since that time. Also, Mission: Impossible is breaking tradition by bringing back Christopher McQuarrie to direct Mission: Impossible – Fallout. And we nearly got that with Star Wars: Episode IX, which, ironically, was supposed to be directed by Trevorrow. I liked the idea that new directors helming different installments could bring in different voices and visions to a franchise. So it’s a little disappointing that we will get the same director on board to helm Jurassic World 3.
Jurassic World 3 will opens in theaters on June 11, 2021.