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David Leitch Will Not Direct Upcoming ‘Jurassic World’ Film

The ‘Bullet Train’ helmer is no longer in talks to join writer David Koepp, who will pen the next franchise installment touted as the ‘new Jurassic era,’ slated to release July 2, 2025.

The upcoming Jurassic World film will not go forward with David Leitch in the director’s chair. The Bullet Train helmer was rumored to be in talks to direct last week, but negotiations have fallen through due to a “difference in vision,” according to THR.

Koepp, who wrote the scripts for Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park: The Lost World, will pen the film. The project is already in development, with the script well underway.

The most recent film in the franchise, Jurassic World: Dominion (2022), which generated over $1 billion at the global box office, seems to mark the end of the 3-decade long storyline, as the newest installment has been described as a “new Jurassic era.” This could potentially mean no more Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, or franchise vets Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. However, keeping the title ‘Jurassic World’ most likely points to a fresh return and not a complete reboot.

Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley return to the franchise as producers, with Steven Spielberg executive producing for Amblin Entertainment. Leitch and Kelly McCormick will also produce through 87North.  Executive VP of production development Sara Scott and creative executive of production development Jacqueline Garell oversee the project for Universal.

Though untitled, the project will reportedly be released on July 2, 2025.

In the meantime, fans of the franchise can check out the animated series Jurassic World: Chaos Theory later this year, while Texas natives can experience ‘Jurassic World: The Exhibition’ starting March 8.

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