It was only yesterday that Jurassic World became officially the third highest grossing movie of all time, moving past The Avengers with a massive $1,524.6 billion in global earnings. Now the inevitable has happened, Jurassic World 2 is a go.
The news was confirmed by studio Universal, who has been having on heck of a year thanks to hits like Furious 7, Pitch Perfect and Jurassic World. They've set the date for JW2 (or whatever it ends up being called) as June 22 2018.
We already know that some of the key players are tied into multi-movie contracts, including stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard but one person who won't be returning is director Colin Trevorrow. He's off the helm but appears to be popping back in for writing duties, so he's still going to have a hand in where the series goes from here.
And that's the real question - what comes next for the Jurassic franchise? The end of World doesn't set up an obvious sequel, at least not in the form we've come to expect from the series to date. There's no real need to have another show set in the park, that's been pretty well played out by now. One possible direction would be the use of dinos in warfare and while we'd love to see that on the big screen it would be a hard thing to pull off.
Will it go to the mainland? Will it be about trying to keep this technology away from people who might abuse it? There are numerous ways the story could go, some with fun sci-fi angles, but it remains to be seen what concept stands to make the most money for everyone involved.