Universal Pictures has set its sights on Deadpool 2 director, David Leitch, to direct its forthcoming Jurassic World reboot. The news was revealed on Monday by Deadline, with the outlet reporting talks are still in the early stages. Should the deal take, Leitch will direct from a screenplay by David Koepp.
Along with eyeing a director for the next Jurassic World film, Universal has also set a release date for the next installment. The untitled film will hit theaters on July 2, 2025. The new movie will be a “fresh new take” in the franchise and will not see any of the stars of Jurassic World or Jurassic Park return.
Steven Spielberg will executive produce through his Amblin Entertainment banner. While Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley are also on board to produce. Per Deadline, Leitch and Kelly McCormick will also produce through 87North.
The Jurassic World franchise has been a huge box office success for Universal. The first film, which debuted in 2015, went on to earn an impressive $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office. The sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, released three years later, and earned $1.3 billion. The final film in the trilogy, Jurassic World: Dominion, released in 2022 and managed to still bring in $1.1 billion despite COVID-19’s impact on the box office.