EXCLUSIVE: Universal is back on the search for a director to helm its next Jurassic World movie as Deadline is hearing David Leitch is no longer in talks to direct the film. Insiders say the parting was amicable and that ultimately the studio and Leitch had different visions for the film.
This now becomes one of the hotter directing jobs in town as the studio is sticking to its July 2, 2025, release date. Universal recently tapped David Koepp, who helped launch the franchise when he penned the first two Jurassic Park films, to write the script.
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The new movie will be a completely fresh take on a Jurassic era with Jurassic World castmembers Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard not expected to return. Nor will the original trilogy’s thespians Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern and Sam Neill.
The film will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg through Amblin Entertainment, with Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley producing.
The Jurassic franchise has grossed more than $6 billion worldwide over through six movies. The most recent installment, 2022’s Jurassic World: Dominion, topped $1 billion at the global box office.
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