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'Impossible' director Bayona set for 'Jurassic World' sequel

In this image released by Universal Pictures, Chris Pratt appears in a scene from "Jurassic World." After a lackluster 2014 summer, Hollywood has bounced back with one of its best seasons ever. The most surprising part of the turnaround is that...
In this image released by Universal Pictures, Chris Pratt appears in a scene from "Jurassic World." After a lackluster 2014 summer, Hollywood has bounced back with one of its best seasons ever. The most surprising part of the turnaround is that... (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Universal Pictures has announced J.A. Bayona will direct the sequel to "Jurassic World."

Bayona will be taking up the mantle from Colin Trevorrow, who relaunched the "Jurassic" franchise in 2015. "Jurassic World" earned over $1.7 billion worldwide.

Trevorrow will still co-write and executive produce the sequel, but is stepping aside from directing as he'll be busy in a galaxy far, far away shooting "Star Wars: Episode IX" for 2019.

Stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return for the sequel, set for a June 2018 release, but little else is known about the film.

Bayona, a native of Spain, previously directed "The Impossible," which earned star Naomi Watts an Oscar nomination. The film revolved around the devastating 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

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