Just one month after Universal's blockbuster Jurassic World hit theaters, the studio went ahead and announced a sequel, setting a June 22, 2018 release date for Jurassic World 2. Back in April, it was confirmed that J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, A Monster Calls) will replace Colin Trevorrow, but we haven't heard anything further about the sequel since then. Today we have a new report which claims that production is now slated to start in early 2017 in Hawaii.
A fan site called Jurassic Outpost broke the news that production will begin on February 27, 2017 in Hawaii, but it isn't clear if that will be the start of pre-production or principal photography itself. Jurassic World and the earlier Jurassic Park movies used Hawaii to shoot Isla Nublar scenes, but back in August, Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow revealed that the story will involve "weaponized dinosaurs" while the story will be taken off the island. The bulk of the Jurassic World 2 production will take place at Pinewood Studios in the U.K.
In related news, a Twitter user dubbed Reel News Hawaii revealed that they are recruiting for a "special assignment." There is no pay involved, with these recruits required to possess "ninja stealth skills and love dinosaurs!!!" While we don't know for certain, this "special assignment" most likely has something to do with this sequel to Jurassic World, which will bring back Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard. The Jurassic Outpost site also revealed that the sequel's working title is Ancient Futures, but that hasn't been confirmed.
J.A. Bayona is directing from a script co-written by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow and his co-writer Derek Connolly. Back in November, Universal Pictures' chair Donna Langley revealed that Trevorrow and executive producer Steven Spielberg are developing an entire trilogy around Jurassic World, but it isn't known if a script is being written for the third movie. If a third movie does happen, it's possible that it could hit theaters in either 2020 or 2021.
Jurassic World broke The Avengers' four-year opening weekend record last summer, taking in a whopping $208.8 million. That record was ultimately broken by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December, but it still was one of the biggest movies of last year, with a domestic take of $652.6 million and a worldwide total of $1.5 billion. Take a look at these tweets below regarding Jurassic World 2, and stay tuned for more updates.