Colin Trevorrow will return to direct Jurassic World 3, says executive producer Steven Spielberg

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Mar 30, 2018, 2:06 PM EDT (Updated)

Jurassic World 3 arrives in June of 2021, and it'll have a welcome, familiar face at the helm. Colin Trevorrow, the man who kicked off this trilogy in the first place, will return to the director's chair as well as write the film, executive producer Steven Spielberg told Entertainment Weekly

Emily Carmichael (Pacific Rim Uprising) will help Trevorrow pen the script to the follow-up to this summer's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which is being directed by Spanish filmmaker J.A. Bayona (Penny Dreadful). “It’s important to this franchise that we welcome new creative voices to keep our storytelling fresh and alive,” Trevorrow said last month. “I’m thrilled with the tension and beauty J.A. has brought to Fallen Kingdom, and I know Emily will add another layer of emotion to the concluding chapter of our trilogy.”

Trevorrow made headlines last spring when his smaller project, The Book of Henry, failed with critics. Not long after, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy announced that he would no longer be directing Star Wars: Episode IX , as reports surfaced that the director was supposedly "being difficult." J.J. Abrams (The Force Awakens) was confirmed as Trevorrow's replacement this past fall. 

As for Jurassic World, the next outing in the dino film series, Fallen Kingdom, stomps into theaters June 22 with a screenplay by Trevorrow and his longtime writing partner Derek Connolly (Safety Not Guranteed).