As sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom debuts this summer, its follow-up film nabs a release date.

News Joseph Baxter

Feb 21, 2018

While the anticipated arrival of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, sequel to 2015’s franchise-reviving Jurassic World, readies for a hopefully-stupendous summer movie season, its unnamed trilogy-closing sequel movie, Jurassic World 3, has some headline-generating news of its own.

Jurassic World 3 now has a release date for moviegoers to mark: June 11, 2021, to be precise. The official date sets the follow-up film’s release three years and eleven days from the upcoming release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which hits theaters on June 22.

With the Jurassic World 3 release date drop comes news of its writing lineup. While the now-repertory presence of (Jurassic World director) Colin Trevorrow will appear on the script, he will be joined this time by Emily Carmichael, surging screenwriter, who worked on the screenplay for kaiju-killing franchise sequel Pacific Rim Uprising, which is set to arrive at theaters on March 23. Carmichael also rewrote the screenplay to the upcoming Disney sci-fi reboot film, The Black Hole, which will be directed by Joseph Kosinski of Oblivion and TRON: Legacy fame.

As Trevorrow expresses on the acquisition of Carmichael:

“It’s important to this franchise that we welcome new creative voices to keep our storytelling fresh and alive. I’m thrilled with the tension and beauty J.A. has brought to Fallen Kingdom, and I know Emily will add another layer of emotion to the concluding chapter of our trilogy.”

For now, though, the director’s chair for Jurassic World 3 remains vacant, with no hints of the identity of its would-be occupant. Colin Trevorrow, who stepped in to helm the original Jurassic World as an underdog director only brandishing indie cred with comedy Safety Not Guaranteed, ceded the position to J.A. Bayona (A Monster Calls) for the upcoming Fallen Kingdom, though remaining onboard as writer and overall franchise go-to guy. While Bayona’s prospective repeat with the Jurassic franchise likely depends on the performance of Fallen Kingdom, the hiring of a highly-sought female scribe in Carmichael might serve as indication that Amblin and Universal are looking for a female director this time around.

Regardless, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will continue the tradition set by Steven Spielberg’s Cenozoic cinematic event in 1993’s original Jurassic Park, taking a bite out of box office competition on June 22.