Director David Leitch Circling New “Jurassic World” Movie

The relentlessly action-packed world of dinosaurs might be getting one of the best directors of action in the business.

The Hollywood Reporter scoops that David Leitch, a master of mayhem in films including Bullet Train, Deadpool 2, Atomic Blonde, and his long involvement in the John Wick franchise, is in talks to take on Universal’s upcoming new installment in their Jurassic World franchise. Leitch is no stranger to Universal, having directed their upcoming splashy action-adventure pic The Fall Guy with Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt, as well as Hobbs and Shaw. 

The news comes after last week’s reveal that screenwriter David Koepp will be returning to the franchise to write the new film. Koepp wrote Steven Spielberg’s iconic 1993 original Jurassic Park, as well as its 1997 sequel Jurassic Park: The Lost World. The new installment follows director Colin Trevorrow’s 2022 film Jurassic World Dominion, which presumably capped the story of Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) and Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), which began with 2015’s Jurassic World. The new film will likely launch a new era for the franchise, which means that we won’t see the original Jurassic Park crew of Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum, either. Those three returned and starred alongside Pratt and Howard in Dominion.

The new film will boast a lot of franchise veterans, including Spielberg, who will executive produce through his Amblin Entertainment. More Jurassic alums will help steer the new installment, including producers Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley. Leitch will also produce alongside Kelly McCormick.

Universal has the new Jurassic World slated for a July 2, 2025 release.

For more on the Jurassic World franchise, check out these stories:

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NBCUniversal Archivist Natalie Auxier Takes Us From “Jurassic Park” to “Fast X”

The New “Jurassic Park: Dominion” Trailer is a Rip-Roaring Good Time

New “Jurassic World: Dominion” Video Teases Franchise-Ending Epic

Featured image: Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) and Director David Leitch on the set of Twentieth Century Fox’s DEADPOOL 2. Photo Credit: Joe Lederer.


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