Steven Spielberg UFO Blockbuster Reteams With Jurassic Park Writer For 2026

By Jason Collins | Published

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Steven Spielberg needs no introduction; the major figure of the New Hollywood is easily the most commercially successful director in history. The news, however, pertains to his mysterious next movie, which now has a release date of May 15, 2026. From what we know so far, we’re in for yet another original UFO-focused movie, indicating the return to Spielberg’s genre roots.

David Koepp

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What makes this particular movie so interesting, apart from the fact that it’s Steven Spielberg’s new movie, is the fact that David Koepp, Spielberg’s longtime collaborator who worked with him on Jurassic Park movies, War of the Worlds, and Indiana Jones, is actually penning the script for a new film. It’s worth noting that the aforementioned movies have made nearly $5 billion worldwide when combined and adjusted for inflation.


The details surrounding Steven Spielberg’s new movie remain scarce; it has been announced that the legendary director will be directing an original science fiction movie, but the plot is yet to be revealed. It has been mentioned that the upcoming movie will be about UFOs, which is great news for the fans of Spielberg’s work, considering that he made waves in this particular genre of sci-fi with 1977’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. And while the details remain scarce, the movie has received an official release date, which basically confirms that production is underway.

He Has A Lot On His Plate

But the far-away release date brings its own concerns, as it signals that the project is still in its infancy, and considering the current state of the industry, it’s not outside of the realm of possibilities for a movie release to be delayed. It’s also worth noting that Steven Spielberg has multiple other projects he’s currently working on, including producing for Twisters, Jurassic World: Chaos Theory, and Jurassic World 4.

The Fabelmans

So, the far-out release date for his next directorial effort isn’t all that unreasonable after all, and there’s little doubt that he’ll create yet another masterpiece of cinematography. His most recent directorial project is The Fabelmans, which was inspired by Steven Spielberg’s own upbringing. It follows the story of a film-obsessed teenager growing up in Northern California, and while it received several Oscar nominations, it struggled at the box office, barely recuperating its production budget—it managed to earn $45 million on a $40 million budget.

Spielberg Is In A Good Position

Despite its box office struggles, The Fabelmans is regarded as one of Steven Spielberg’s best and most personal movies ever made, as well as one of the best movies of the 2020s. This isn’t all that surprising, considering that COVID basically revolutionized content consumption, which now puts theaters at risk due to the rapidly expanding streaming and the changes in post-pandemic moviegoing habits—which haven’t been kind to movies.

Still, the upcoming movie signals his return to the genre roots of UFO sci-fi, which puts Steven Spielberg in a position to reclaim his crown as the king of cinema’s summer blockbuster release block.