The as-yet-untitled Jurassic World sequel has its director in J.A. Bayona, a Spaniard best known for helming the Oscar-nominated 2012 tsunami drama The Impossible. Jurassic World writer-director Colin Trevorrow confirmed the hire on Twitter this afternoon, calling Bayona "one of [his] favorite filmmakers." While Trevorrow won't be behind the camera for the sequel — his hands are going to be full with Star Wars: Episode IX, arriving at a multiplex near you in 2019 — he's still involved, writing the script with his partner Derek Connolly. Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are also on board, meaning the sequel will have the same core that made last year's reboot one of the highest-grossing movies of all time.
Bayona's résumé is somewhat spare, to put it lightly. He's only directed two feature films to date, the aforementioned The Impossible and 2007 horror film The Orphanage; he has another, fantasy adaptation A Monster Calls, set to premiere later this year. His relative inexperience hasn't kept him from becoming a hot commodity in Hollywood: he only became the front-runner for the Jurassic World sequel after dropping from another huge project, an upcoming World War Z sequel.
He's in the same position as Trevorrow pre-Jurassic World
Put another way, he's in a similar position to the one Trevorrow was in when he signed on to direct Jurassic World. Trevorrow leapt from the indie drama Safety Not Guaranteed to a billion-dollar blockbuster and a stake in the Star Wars universe. If Bayona can approach that kind of success with Jurassic World's sequel — if he can avoid a Josh Trank-level disaster, basically — then Trevorrow and Universal Pictures will be in decent shape. The movie is set to premiere on June 22nd, 2018.