The follow-up to last summer’s dino-sized hit Jurassic World has found its director.
J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) will helm the sequel, it was announced Monday.
Bayona will succeed Colin Trevorrow, who co-wrote and directed Jurassic World.
“Proud to collaborate with one of my favorite filmmakers on the next Jurassic adventure,” Trevorrow tweeted Monday. “JA Bayona, it’s all yours.”
Bayona himself added, “So excited to join the Jurassic Team!!”
Jurassic World writers Trevorrow and Derek Connolly will return to pen the as-yet-untitled sequel, which has a release set for 2018. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are also expected to return, reprising their roles as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, respectively.
Last fall, Trevorrow said the Jurassic World sequel would be a “different kind of film.”
“I feel like the audience has given us permission, to a certain extent, to take this to the next level,” he said. “I don’t necessarily mean in scale. I feel very strongly that it’s not about more dinosaurs or bigger and better dinosaurs. It’s about using this as a starting point for a much larger story about our relationship with these animals, and with animals in general, and the dynamic created by bringing them back to life.”