Having just overtaken The Avengers as the third highest grossing movie of all time, Universal have set a 2018 release date for the sequel to Jurassic World. Few people could have anticipated that the belated fourth entry in the franchise would have amassed more than $1.5 billion. Given the unprecedented success of Jurassic World, a sequel shouldn't come as any surprise.

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will be back to reprise their roles. Director Colin Trevorrow has already ruled himself out as returning to helm the sequel, and in a recent interview with Slash Film he explained his reasoning in a little more depth.

“When you hear that someone, where I’m at right now would choose not to continue with this franchise, you’re gonna think one of three things. Either I did a bad job, the movie sucks, they had a bad experience with me or I had a bad experience doing the movie. None of those things are true. This was such a positive experience for me. I loved it so much. Arguably because I loved it so much, I don’t see how I could have a better experience making a dinosaur movie. I’m not sure how I could make a dinosaur movie that gives anymore than I gave to this movie.”

Trevorrow will be involved to draft the script for the sequel alongside Derek Connolly, so Universal will need to bust out their Rolodex to find a suitable replacement. A roster of hits helped Universal reach global takings of more than $5 billion faster than any other studio. Those hits also included Furious 7, Pitch Perfect 2, Fifty Shades of Grey and Minions, all of which have respective sequels on the way. 

Jurassic World 2 is due for release June 22, 2018.