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Universal confirms ‘Jurassic World’ sequel for 2018

Attention Jurassic World fans! You will have to wait a while, but a sequel is coming! And your leading man will be returning!

Universal Pictures announced Thursday that another dinosaur installment will hit theaters Friday June 22, 2018. Chris Pratt will be returning as dinosaur whisperer Owen and Bryce Dallas Howard will be returning as Claire.

In addition, Steven Spielberg will executive produce via his Amblin Entertainment Banner, Variety reports. Colin Trevorrow, director of Jurassic World, will co-write the sequel’s screenplay alongside Derek Connolly. The director for the sequel has not been confirmed.

The news comes after the announcement that the fourth movie in the franchise has become the third largest grossing film of all time. It finally surpassed The Avengers with an extraordinary $1.52 billion in ticket sales. Only Avatar, with $2.78 billion, and Titanic, with $2.18 billion, stand above it. 

The film only has one remaining territory open–Japan. It will debut on August 5.

In Jurassic World, a new theme park is built on the site of the original Jurassic Park. And everything seems great until the park’s new attraction, a genetically modified “stealth killing machine,” escapes and is on the loose, according to IMDb. Who knows what the sequel will bring?!

In a recent interview with Collider, Jurassic World director Frank Marshall stated that many people want the theme park to become a reality, and they did their research. “Colin [the director] and I went down to Orlando and toured the Universal theme park down there and obviously the one here in LA but we really went down there to see the operations and how they kept track of where people were and what information was on the screen. And then we kind of expanded on it and see what we thought something would be like if you had an up and running dinosaur theme park,” Marshall said.


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