Gareth Edwards in Talks to Direct New ‘Jurassic World’ Film

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“Rogue One” director Gareth Edwards is in talks to direct an all-new “Jurassic World” film for Universal. The news comes days after the studio’s negotiations with David Leitch fell apart.

The film will be executive produced by Steven Spielberg through Amblin Entertainment. Frank Marshall and Patrick Crowley will produce, and David Leitch and Kelly McCormick will also produce through 87North. David Koepp, the original screenwriter of “Jurassic Park” and “The Lost World: Jurassic Park,” will pen the script.

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The currently untitled project, scheduled for release on July 2, 2025, will mark the beginning of a fresh storyline in the decades-spanning dinosaur series. It’s still unclear if any previous stars, including Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sam Neill, Laura Dern or Jeff Goldblum, will return.

Koepp’s other scripts include “Mission: Impossible,” “Spider-Man,” “Death Becomes Her,” “Panic Room” and “War of the Worlds.” He is represented by CAA and attorney David Fox at Myman Greenspan Fineman Fox Rosenberg & Light.

The six-film franchise, which began with Spielberg’s 1993 original “Jurassic Park,” has earned more than $6 billion worldwide. The most recent movie, 2022’s “Jurassic World Dominion,” surpassed $1 billion worldwide.

Edwards’ most recent directorial credit, “The Creator,” follows an ex-special forces agent (John David Washington) sent to destroy weapon built to tip the scales against humanity in a decades-long war, only to discover that the target is an AI taking the form of a child. The film is nominated for best sound and best visual effects at this year’s Academy Awards. His other movies include 2010’s “Monsters” and 2014’s “Godzilla.” Edwards is repped by WME and Range Media Partners.

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