‘Jurassic World 3’ is Already in the Works, with a Release Date

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Because that money ain’t gonna print itself.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom may still be around four months away from release, but that’s no reason Universal Pictures can’t get started on that third film. A follow-up to Fallen Kingdom is now in the works, with writers and a release date set.

As per THR, the third picture in the rebooted franchise will be written by Pacific Rim Uprising scribe Emily Carmichael and Colin Trevorrow, the latter of whom directed Jurassic World and co-wrote its upcoming sequel. Trevorrow and Steven Spielberg are staying on as executive producers, with Frank Marshal and Pat Crowley once again on board as producers. No director has yet been announced.

Fans of the series may want to take note: Jurassic World 3 is scheduled to open in U.S. cinemas on June 11, 2021.

“It’s important to this franchise that we welcome new creative voices to keep our storytelling fresh and alive,” Trevorrow said in a statement. “I’m thrilled with the tension and beauty J.A. has brought to Fallen Kingdom, and I know Emily will add another layer of emotion to the concluding chapter of our trilogy.”

Apart from Pacific Rim Uprising, Carmichael’s upcoming projects include a rewrite on Disney’s The Black Hole, to be directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron Legacy, Only the Brave), and the adventure film Powerhouse, which has been set up at Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.

Of course, this announcement doesn’t come as much of a surprise, considering Trevorrow has previously talked about his plans to structure a new Jurassic trilogy.

“I knew where I wanted it to go. I remember telling Steven [Spielberg] even while we were still making the first movie, ‘This is the beginning, here is the middle, and here’s the end of the end. This is where we want to go.'” Trevorrow said in an interview in December 2017.

“I feel like that kind of design is crucial to a franchise like this if you really want to bring people along with you and make sure they stay interested. It needs to be thought through on that level. It can’t be arbitrary, especially if we want to turn this into a character-based franchise with people who you lean in to follow what they’re going to do.”

And although the plot details are obviously being kept under wraps, Trevorrow did reveal that the third chapter would be picking up from where the upcoming J.A. Bayona-directed film leaves us.

“At the end of [Fallen Kingdom], it’s not a cliffhanger, but it’s designed for people who want to know what’s going to happen next, whereas the earlier Jurassic Park movies had pretty clear definitive endings. They were pretty much episodic. In working with Derek Connolly, my co-writer, we were also thinking about where it was going to go in the future.”

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives in Australia on June 21 and opens in the U.S. on June 22.

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