The director of the Jurassic World sequel will be J.A. Bayona, according to two of the film’s producers on Twitter.
Thrilled to announce JA Bayona is on board to direct JW2. Welcome to the team @FilmBayona!
— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) April 18, 2016
Proud to collaborate with one of my favorite filmmakers on the next Jurassic adventure. JA Bayona, it’s all yours.
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) April 18, 2016
Bayona is best known for directing The Impossible, a drama released in 2012 about the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that scored Academy, Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild nominations for leading lady Naomi Watts. The film also starred Ewan McGregor and Spidey #3 Tom Holland, and grossed $180.3 million worldwide. Bayona also helmed the positively-received 2007 horror film The Orphanage, which received a 10-minute ovation when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
His third film, A Monster Calls, is based on the 2011 Patrick Ness novel about a boy coping with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) terminal cancer and is visited by a monster (voice of Liam Neeson) every night. The film also stars Sigourney Weaver and Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and comes out in the U.S. on October 14.
Jurassic World is the highest-grossing film in Universal Studios’ history with $1.67 billion worldwide. We said Jurassic World is “a blast” in our review of the film.
The sequel sees the return of stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard as well as co-scriptwriters Derek Connolly and Colin Trevorrow, and is scheduled to be released in June 2018.