Jurassic World 4 Gets The Best Possible Director

By Britta DeVore | Published

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  • Jurassic World 4 has added Gareth Edwards as the director
  • David Leitch dropped out of Jurassic World 4
  • Gareth Edwards has directed Rogue One and Godzilla
  • Jurassic World 4 is expected to bring back Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard

Whether you really wanted it or not, another Jurassic World film is on the way. And after The Fall Guy’s helmer, David Leitch, literally fell off the project, things are back on track for the dino flick. It’s been revealed that Universal is now in talks with Gareth Edwards to back the production.

Gareth Edwards Directing Jurassic World 4

Known for his work behind sci-fi action flicks like last year’s The Creator and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (which is largely considered to be one of the best spin-offs to come from the franchise), Edwards’ involvement in Jurassic World 4 will certainly give audiences a hopeful breath of fresh air.

As we mentioned, Universal first turned to David Leitch to helm the fourth installment in the prehistoric saga, with his name being tossed into the ring just weeks ago followed by a very quick turnaround and departure in which creative differences were cited.

Studio Was Scrambling

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With Leitch out of the picture and the opening date set for July 2, 2025, the studio knew they needed to spread their wings like a pterodactyl and soar fast if they had any hopes of nabbing someone with the proper amount of expertise in time.

Enter Gareth Edwards, whose lengthy background behind similar projects made him the perfect choice for Universal and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment to get stomping on Jurassic World 4.

Jurassic World Franchise Slipping?

In 2015, Universal and Amblin thought it would be the perfect time to resurrect the film series first made popular in Steven Spielberg’s 1993 classic Jurassic Park.

Though it isn’t hard to see how a new franchise could easily rise from the ashes, it is a bit surprising that we’ve made it all the way to Jurassic World 4, considering the tumble that the latter two installments took with critics.

While the initial reimagining was (for the most part) a hit with fans and critics around the world, the following two features just didn’t have quite the same pep in storyline that folks were hoping for.

Franchise Still Financially Viable

Nevertheless, the Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard-led features all managed to dominate at the global box office, which is likely one of the biggest reasons that Jurassic World 4 was given the go-ahead.

Just like Disney recently announced that the studio would be turning to creating more sequels to fan favorites, Universal is also seeing the writing on the wall that it’s a good decision to milk a franchise for all it’s worth before tossing it to the side.

Chris Pratt And Bryce Dallas Howard Should Return

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Though no plot details for Jurassic World 4 have been revealed, we can expect that Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will reprise their roles from the first three titles.

It’s also likely that a handful of familiar faces from the Jurassic Park franchise will also pop back in for the fourth Jurassic World project as Jurassic World: Dominion dropped everyone’s favorite trio: Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill), and Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) back into the action. 

Right Director For The Job

As for Gareth Edwards, everything about the director’s sprawling repertoire makes him the right man for the job as he has a true penchant for blending sci-fi, monsters, and horror in the most absolutely delightful ways.

The filmmaker’s debut feature was with the 2010 action horror flick Monsters, and he has gone on to helm such titles as Godzilla (2014) the aforementioned Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and last year’s The Creator.

With an eye for storytelling and a clear connection to the genre, Universal and Amblin may be able to turn their luck around with Edwards as the leader behind Jurassic World 4.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter