Last summer, Jurassic World stomped into theaters and succeeded beyond anyone's imagination at the box office, ultimately earning more than $1.6 billion worldwide. The movie confirmed Chris Pratt as a major star and paved the way for director Colin Trevorrow to get the job of helming Star Wars: Episode IX.
The latter assignment came after Trevorrow had committed to writing the Jurassic World sequel with his partner Derek Connolly, though it meant that Trevorrow would not return as director. With the script apparently completed and Jurassic World 2 set for release in 2018, it's now time for Universal to consider who will helm the next installment in a very important franchise.
Early speculation from Deadline suggests Juan Antonio Bayona is the front-runner. Bayona is finishing postproduction duties on A Monster Calls, a fantasy movie that is due for release on October 14. Those duties recently prompted him to drop out of directing World War Z 2, which is aiming to start production this summer, but the schedule for Jurassic World 2 would allow him to be considered.
If not Bayona, what other directors might be in the running? It's interesting to note that after directing the first two installments himself, Steven Spielberg handed things over to Joe Johnston for Jurassic Park III; the two were longtime friends and Johnston had previously expressed interest in directing the first sequel to Jurassic Park.
Despite only directing one movie beforehand, Trevorrow was hired after meeting with Spielberg and producer Frank Marshall. So we can assume that whoever is hired to direct Jurassic World 2, an extensive resume will not be needed. Still, we can't help speculating that a female director would bring a fresh perspective to a sequel that is expected to again star Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.
Jurassic World 2 will open in theaters on June 22, 2018.