Colin Trevorrow, the director who revitalized Universal’s Jurassic Park franchise with 2015’s Jurassic World, is returning to direct the closing installment of the reboot trilogy.
Steven Spielberg, director of the original groundbreaking franchise starter Jurassic Park and executive producer of the series confirmed Trevorrow’s appointment to EW.
Previously, Trevorrow was announced as co-writing the screenplay for the third film with Pacific Rim: Uprising’s Emily Carmichael, working from a story outline devised by Trevorrow and his frequent writing collaborator Derek Connolly. Although the rebooted franchise’s next installment, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom which opens June 22, is directed by J. A. Bayona, Trevorrow and Connolly wrote the screenplay for that film as well.
Trevorrow’s career has taken a few knocks recently. His 2017 film The Book Of Henry was brutally panned by critics and tanked at the box office. In the aftermath of that film’s self-destruction, the director parted ways with Lucasfilm, who had hired him to direct Star Wars: Episode IX. JJ Abrams has stepped in to direct that project.
But it appears as if Spielberg still has faith in the director. And why shouldn’t he? Jurassic World was a bigger hit than anticipated, bringing in $1.67 billion at the worldwide box office.