It's Official: Spanish Filmmaker J.A. Bayona to Direct 'Jurassic World 2'

Briefly: It's official! Universal and producer Frank Marshall have announced that Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona (full name: Juan Antonio Bayona) will direct Jurassic World 2. Bayona is currently finishing up work on his next feature, A Monster Calls, which looks fantastic and is also being distributed by Universal through Focus Features. At one point he was also set to direct the World War Z sequel, but it sounds like this will be next. No other specific details have been revealed beyond the fact that Bayona is directing. Colin Trevorrow, who directed Jurassic World, commented on Twitter that he will be collaborating with Bayona on this sequel. Bayona broke out with the horror The Orphanage and followed that up with The Impossible.

Thrilled to announce JA Bayona is on board to direct JW2. Welcome to the team @FilmBayona!

— Frank Marshall (@LeDoctor) April 18, 2016

Proud to collaborate with one of my favorite filmmakers on the next Jurassic adventure. JA Bayona, it's all yours.

— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) April 18, 2016

We'll be watching for updates from here on out. The sequel is scheduled to arrive in theaters June 2018.