Hold on to your butts, Jurassic Park fans. News broke on Thursday, July 23, that the dinosaur film franchise has another movie in the works.
After the massive success of June's Jurassic World, Universal Pictures announced on Thursday that a Jurassic World sequel is in development — and it already has a release date. The adventure flick is expected to hit theaters on June 22, 2018.
The news of the sequel comes just one day after Jurassic World unseated The Avengers to become the third-highest grossing movie of all time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie now boasts a worldwide gross of $1.522 billion, narrowly edging out the superhero film's $1.52 billion total. It falls only to the No. 1 title holder, Avatar, and the classic Titanic in No. 2.
Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are expected to reprise their roles for the upcoming installment, with screenwriters Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly also returning to their posts. Pratt, 36, led the picture as the theme park trainer Owen Grady, starring alongside Howard, Irrfan Khan, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Judy Greer, and Omar Sy, among others.
The Parks and Recreation alum will find time in his schedule for the follow-up flick as he films The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington and Passengers with Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Sheen.
The Jurassic World sequel will arrive in theaters 25 years after the original Jurassic Park made its debut in 1993. Pratt first teased his involvement last month, hinting at the future of the franchise.
Asked whether he's on board for a sequel, Pratt told Entertainment Weekly, "I am. They have me for I think 38 movies or something."
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