Los Angeles: Filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona has been announced as the director for the sequel to Jurassic World.
"It's official! So excited to join the Jurassic Team!" Bayona wrote on Twitter following the announcement, reports aceshowbiz.com.
— JA Bayona (@FilmBayona) April 18, 2016
Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, was unable to sit behind the lens for the next installment since he has signed on for Star Wars: Episode IX. He, however, will return as a producer and writer. "Proud to collaborate with one of my favorite filmmakers on the next Jurassic adventure. JA Bayona, it's all yours," Trevorrow tweeted, to welcome the new director.
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 known for directing 2007's horror flick The Orphanage and 2012's true-story drama The Impossible. His next feature film is called A Monster Calls starring Liam Neeson, Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones.
The second Jurassic World movie is scheduled for a June 2018 release. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected to return for this new one.
Incidentally, Bayona was until recently, supposed to direct the sequel to World War Z but then opted out of the project. He had said that he wanted to wrap up his post-filming commitments to A Monster Calls at the time.