Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, directed by J.A. Bayona, is set to open on June 22, 2018. Universal Pictures is fast-tracking a follow-up with set Jurassic World 3 to bow on June 11, 2021, and tapped Emily Carmichael to join Colin Trevorrow as co-writer of the next pic.
“It’s important to this franchise that we welcome new creative voices to keep our storytelling fresh and alive,” says Trevorrow. “I’m thrilled with the tension and beauty J.A. has brought to ‘Fallen Kingdom,’ and I know Emily will add another layer of emotion to the concluding chapter of our trilogy.”
The last two films starred Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt. 2015’s Jurassic World was a monster hit, grossing $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office.
Fallen Kingdom picks up the story four years later after the theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrives in theaters on June 22, 2018.