EXCLUSIVE: After recently tapping David Koepp to pen the script, Universal Pictures’ new Jurassic World pic is in early talks with David Leitch to direct the next film in the billion dollar franchise. The film is set to bow on July 2, 2025.
The new movie will be a completely fresh take on a Jurassic era with Jurassic World castmembers Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard not expected to return, nor the original trilogy’s thespians Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Sam Neill.
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The film will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg through Amblin Entertainment, Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley will produce and David Leitch and Kelly McCormick will also produce through 87North. Executive Vice President of Production Development Sara Scott and Creative Executive of Production Development Jacqueline Garell will oversee the project for the Studio.
The talks come as Universal is very high on Leitch’s upcoming film The Fall Guy starring Oscar nominees Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, which opens May 3. Leitch will be the biggest director to join the franchise since Steven Spielberg directed the first two installments based on the Michael Crichton bestseller. Crichton worked on that first script with Koepp, who’s back. The most recent iteration, Jurassic World: Dominion, cracked the billion dollar mark in global box office, showing audience interest in dinosaurs is far from extinct. It’s a huge priority for Universal, not only as a film franchise but also for its theme parks.
Leitch, who teamed with fellow former stuntman Chad Stahelski to launch the John Wick franchise, has shown both a sense of high octane action and a sense of humor in films Deadpool 2 and Bullet Train, seems like an ideal choice to bring the film series a fresh new look.
Leitch and his production company 87North have a strong relationship with the studio going back to him directing the Fast & Furious spin-off, Hobbs & Shaw with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. Leitch and his partner Kelly McCormick have their first look deal with Universal.
Leitch is repped by CAA.
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