David Leitch Exits Next ‘Jurassic World’ Film As Universal Seeks New Director

Well, that didn’t take long. It was just days ago that Universal had David Leitch in mind to direct their next Jurassic World film, the start of a brand new trilogy. Well, scratch that, because Deadline reports that talks have fallen through and it’s back to the drawing board.

So much for that. Leitch and the studio simply couldn’t agree on the right creative direction for the dinosaur film, and so there’s been an amicable split. It’ll be interesting to see who Universal turns to next. Leitch is a popular filmmaker with a string of blockbuster hits to his credit, including Bullet Train and Deadpool 2. He’s a director who brings a big, bold vision to every project. Next for him is The Fall Guy with Ryan Gosling and Emily Blunt.

And a big vision is what’s going to be needed for this new Jurassic World movie, which will be a reboot with no returning characters. Only original Jurassic Park writer David Koepp, and producers Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall are franchise veterans.

For now, Universal is keeping the July 2nd 2025 release date, but if the search runs long don’t be surprised if Jurassic moves to a new spot.

Travis Hopson
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