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Juan Antonio Bayona to direct Jurassic World sequel

The Impossible, Juan Antonio Bayona

Story by Jack Foley

JUAN Antonio Bayona is to direct the sequel to Jurassic World, the follow-up to Universal’s $1.6 billion-grossing dinosaur franchise.

The filmmaker, responsible for acclaimed Spanish horror The Orphanage as well as tsunami drama The Impossible, will work from a script that has been co-written by Colin Trevorrow, who directed the first movie, and his frequent collaborator Derek Connolly.

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected to return for the movie, which has a June 22, 2018 release date.

As yet, plot details have been kept firmly under wraps.

Bayona was first approached by the Jurassic team last year but had to decline owing to a holding deal he had with Paramount to direct a sequel to World War Z.

But he has since departed the Paramount zombie project in favour of a follow-up that appears to be in a more ready state to start.

Bayona is currently in post-production on A Monster Calls, his adaptation of the Patrick Ness book that stars Liam Neeson and Felicity Jones. The film is being released in October.

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