Hollywood has seen a number of returns to classic franchises in recent years, including those that were massively successful at the box office like Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens, those that were a hit with critics and fans alike such as Mad Max: Fury Road, and those that were less successful - Terminator Genisys. Still, one feature that revisited a classic franchise and saw box office success was Colin Trevorrow's return to Jurassic Park in 2015's Jurassic World.
Considering the film's box office returns, which quickly surpassed $1 billion, Universal gave the green light to Jurassic World 2 with an expected release date of 2018 and much of the cast returning - those left alive after the dinosaur attack, that is. Now, a new report confirms filming on Jurassic World 2 will begin early on in 2017 in order to meet the movie's 2018 release date.
Jurassic Outpost and Reel News Hawaii are reporting the J.A. Bayona (The Orphanage)'s Jurassic World sequel is scheduled to begin production in Hawaii on February 27th, 2017. But, as Jurassic Outpost states in their report, it's unclear if this February start date is the beginning of production gearing up to filming, or the start of filming itself. Additionally, though Jurassic World 2 will film partially in Hawaii, a good deal of the production will be shot in London - potentially at Pinewood Studios.
Members of the cast and crew spoke about the possibility of sequels even prior to Jurassic World's release in theaters, with actor Jake Johnson weighing in on their potential, Trevorrow explaining why he didn't plan to return to the director's chair, and young stars Nick Robinson and Ty Simpkins offering their own take on continuing the series. Additionally, Jurassic World's Chris Pratt revealed he was signed on for sequels, indicating Universal revisited the Jurassic Park franchise with the future in mind.
Still, not much is known about Bayona's entry into the classic '90s action-adventure franchise that began with Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park. Although Trevorrow isn't directing, we do know he is returning to co-write the script with his Jurassic World co-scribe Derek Connolly. Fellow star Bryce Dallas Howard previously teased a change in her character, Claire, as a result of the events of Jurassic World. Plus, Jurassic Park star Jeff Goldblum has said he's open to returning - aside from his character Dr. Ian Malcolm's easter egg in Jurassic World, of course.
However, with filming set to get started early next year, it's likely we'll learn plenty more about Jurassic World 2 in the coming months, including an official title or some kind of hint about the plot. That said, though, considering the amount of secrecy surrounding Jurassic World - particularly when it came to the film's new dinosaur, Indominous Rex - it may be some time before we receive anything concrete about what to expect when Jurassic World 2 hits theaters in 2018.
Jurassic World 2 (official title TBA) opens in U.S. theaters June 22, 2018.