Update (30/03/2018): It was announced today in a statement released by Universal Pictures that Colin Trevorrow will direct the final instalment in the Jurassic World trilogy. The as yet untitled Jurassic World 3 will be released in the summer blockbuster season of 2021.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom isn’t even in cinemas until June, yet Universal are moving forward with its sequel. Currently titled Jurassic World 3, the film is planned to wrap up the new Jurassic trilogy, ending the story that director Colin Trevorrow dreamt of bringing to the big screen.
Naturally there is no plot, no director and no details of anything to do with the film whatsoever. With a release date scheduled for June 11th 2021, exactly three years after Fallen Kingdom, Universal obviously has very high hopes for this year’s sequel. It remains to be seen whether it can match the record-breaking numbers of its predecessor.
With that in mind, I’ve lined up five directors who I believe could take over from J.A. Bayona and create a fitting ending to this new trilogy and a couple of directors who should stay well clear. Let’s take a look.
Who should direct Jurassic World 3?
Gareth Edwards would be an ideal choice to helm a Jurassic movie. He’s already proved himself capable of dealing with giant monsters with 2013’s stunning Godzilla reboot and directed one of the best Star Wars movies ever in Rogue One.
His work is incredibly visual, with plot sometimes taking a backseat to creating a rich, beautifully filmed and engaging world. This is no bad thing as the Jurassic films have never been known for their deep and meaningful stories. As long as Trevorrow and new screenwriter Emily Carmichael’s script is solid, Edwards would be a great choice.
Matt Reeves’ frankly incredible work on the new Planet of the Apes trilogy is really something that needs to be seen to be believed. All three of his creations have astounded viewers and critics alike for their stunning visuals, poignant stories and passionate performances. He also directed Cloverfield and produced its two ‘sequels’, 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Cloverfield Paradox, yet another rich universe he has been a part of.
With the Apes trilogy culminating in last year’s gorgeous War for the Planet of the Apes, Reeves’ schedule is looking like it could need a prehistoric sized movie to fill it. Yes he’s helming the solo The Batman movie with Ben Affleck, but surely he’d rather work with Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard?
A director with a very unique sense of style, Jordan Vogt-Roberts is unfortunately now more well-known for his infamous (and justified) rant against CinemaSins than he is for creating the rather good Kong: Skull Island.
A precursor to a showdown of gigantic proportions between Godzilla and King Kong, Skull Island was similar to Jurassic Park in many ways, in fact it had numerous tasteful references to it. He’s a director with an eye for detail and would be a great fit for the series.
This would be a dream, right? It’s probably never going to happen but having Spielberg return to the franchise in a directing capacity after what will have been over 20 years by the time Jurassic World 3 is released would be a dream come true.
Few names have as much pulling power as Steven Spielberg, that’s why he’s always credited in trailers despite only being a producer, and his iconic filming style that worked so well in 1993 and again in 1997 with The Lost World would be a wonderful ending for fans of the franchise.
Kathryn Bigelow is an incredibly talented director, Detroit aside. Her work on The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty proves she has a real knack at creating hard-hitting and immensely watchable films that don’t shy away from difficult subject matter.
Sure, the Jurassic series could be too mainstream for her, but I feel she could be just what the franchise needs to round out a story that looks set to include animal welfare as one of its major themes.
Who shouldn’t direct Jurassic World 3?
This would be nightmarish wouldn’t it? I have nothing against Michael Bay. His Transformers films have about as much subtlety as a raging bull and I quite enjoy them it has to be said, but I see Jurassic as a little bit classier than that.
His take on the franchise would no doubt involve hundreds of gargantuan explosions, numerous gratuitous shots of Bryce Dallas Howard among any other members of the female cast, a few sickly orange sunsets and as many scenes including the American flag as possible.
Colin, I (and the rest of the fans) salute you for bringing Jurassic Park back from extinction, but I’d rather you sit this one out. Jurassic World is a fine film, but after a couple of watches it starts to lose some of its lustre.
There’s the forced comedy, insipid blue filter and over-reliance on CGI to name but a few, and after parting ways with Disney and LucasFilm over creative differences on Star Wars: Episode IX, it might be too much of a risk to bring back the man who reignited the world’s love affair with dinosaurs. Sorry Colin.
The Jurassic World 3 release date may be well over three years away but Universal has got some very big decisions to make when it comes to directors. Who do you think would be a good or bad choice to take over from J.A. Bayona? Leave a comment in the box below.