We haven’t seen Jeff Goldblum’s Dr. Ian Malcolm since the second Jurassic Park film, but that’s apparently going to change. THR is reporting that Goldblum has joined the cast to the upcoming sequel to 2015’s Jurassic World.
The still untitled fifth film in the Jurassic Park franchise will also see the return of Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, and is being directed by J.A. Bayona. Goldblum’s Dr. Malcolm will only be the second character from the original trilogy to appear in the rebooted franchise, and marks the first major character to return. Since Malcolm is arguably the best character in the first film (and arguably the only reason the second film is watchable), this is pretty exciting.
The still untitled Jurassic World sequel will be released June 22, 2018.
With how well Jurassic World did at the box office, it was no surprise when a sequel was announced last year. Director Colin Trevorrow will have a bit on his plate though, directing a Star Wars, so we knew someone else was going to have to take over the director’s chair.
And now we know who.
Yesterday it was announced on twitter that director J.A. Bayona would take over the film on both his and Colin Trevorrow‘s twitter accounts. Bayona isn’t exactly a household name, though he has more films under his belt than Trevorrow did when he tackled last year’s Jurassic World.
While I enjoyed Jurassic World as a film, it was far more of an action adventure than the earlier entries in the franchise. One of the things I loved about the original Jurassic Park was how scary and tense some scenes were — and I felt that was absent from the soft-reboot. Hopefully Bayona (whose debut film The Orphanage was pretty terrifying) can bring some of that suspense back to the franchise.
Jurassic World 2 (or whatever they’ll call it) is currently scheduled to come out June 22, 2018.
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There’s no doubt that Jurassic World, the fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise, was a massive success. It’s been breaking box office records left and right. Because of that, no one should be surprised then that Universal has confirmed they are making a sequel.
A sequel that will be out June 22nd 2018.
Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected to return, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. Jurassic World co-writer and director Colin Trevorrow will cowrite the script along side his frequen collaborator Derek Connolly, although Trevorrow won’t direct again as he’ll be off shooting a Star Wars movie.
Personally, I think this is great, as I’ve always loved this franchise. Hopefully they’ll flesh out the human characters a bit more in this next installment though.