‘Jurassic World’ sequel gets production date

Follow-up to smash hit will begin work in Hawaii, as well as filming in London for the first time

The first production date for the sequel to Jurassic World is set to be in February 2017.

Reportedly with the provisional title Ancient Futures and scheduled for June 22, 2018, the follow-up will begin production in Hawaii, although it is unclear whether filming will actually start in February.

Stars of the first film Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are set to reprise their roles in the sequel, which will also be shot in London for the first time in the franchise’s history, with rumours suggesting Pinewood Studios will be the likely location.

Director of Jurassic World Colin Trevorrow said in an interview with Wired a year ago that the sequel would not be repeating the story of earlier Jurassic Park movies, saying “[It will not be] just a bunch of dinosaurs chasing people on an island… That’ll get old real fast”.

Trevorrow will not be directing the sequel, however, returning instead as a writer. Director of the award-winning 2012 movie The Impossible Juan Antonio Bayona will take on the role of director for the sequel.

Jurassic World currently stands as the fourth highest grossing film of all time, as well as being the second highest grossing film of 2015.

Star of the original Jurassic Park movie Jeff Goldblum has revealed that his ‘door is always open’ in regard to a role in a Jurassic World sequel.

Speaking to Consequence of Sound, he said of a potential return: “I’m nothing if not open. I’m like an open-faced sandwich. My door is not always open – I took the door off. I removed the hinges from the door. I’m too open. I’m like a chicken piccata.”