Filmmaker David Leitch is in talks to direct the next installment in the Jurassic World franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Universal Pictures announced Monday that it plans to release the dinosaur-focused film on July 2, 2025. THR broke the news last month that David Koepp, who penned Steven Spielberg’s original 1993 blockbuster Jurassic Park and its 1997 sequel Jurassic Park: The Lost World, is writing the follow-up to 2022’s Jurassic World Dominion.
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Spielberg is set to executive produce the new movie through his company Amblin Entertainment. Fellow Jurassic Park vets Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley will also serve as producers, alongside Leitch and Kelly McCormick of 87North.
Universal executive vp production development Sara Scott and creative executive of production development Jacqueline Garell will oversee the film on the studio side.
Sources previously told THR that the forthcoming film is set to launch a “new Jurassic era,” seemingly suggesting that the characters played by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard that originated in Colin Trevorrow’s 2015 Jurassic World would not be involved. That film was followed by J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom in 2015.
The characters played by Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum in the original Jurassic Park saga are also unlikely to return in the fourth Jurassic World movie. The three performers co-starred with Pratt and Howard in Dominion.
Leitch, who established himself as one of the town’s big action filmmakers with movies such as Bullet Train, Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde, has become a go-to for Universal. He directed Fast and Furious: Hobbs and Shaw for the studio, and the negotiations occur as Universal prepares to unveil The Fall Guy, which stars recent Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, in theaters May 3.
The dino film series launched in 1993 with Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, adapting Michael Crichton’s best-selling 1990 novel of the same name. The franchise that hails from Universal and Amblin comprises six features that have together surpassed $6 billion worldwide.
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