Is Bryce Dallas Howard directing a ‘Jurassic World’ movie anytime sooner?

One of the standout actors from the Jurassic World trilogy might not be done with the franchise just yet. Speaking at a Fan Expo Boston panel moderated by Collider’s Steve Weintraub, Bryce Dallas Howard, who starred alongside Chris Pratt in the trilogy, hinted at the possibility of directing a Jurassic movie in the future. Howard, who has directed acclaimed episodes of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, as well as the documentary Dads, responded thoughtfully when asked about directing a Jurassic Park film:

“Oh, of course, of course. But, that might not be right. You know what I mean? It just really might not be right. Jurassic, the idea of Jurassic is so huge, and I played a very specific character, and now I can take off that hat and put on the director’s hat. But I think it’s important for there to be new storytellers in the legacy of this incredible science fiction conceit that Michael Crichton came up with.”

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This is a gracious perspective from someone well-qualified to helm a Jurassic World movie. Howard’s direction on the Star Wars Disney+ series has been lauded, and her feature directorial debut is highly anticipated. However, her acknowledgment of the need for fresh storytellers underscores her awareness of the franchise’s legacy. That said, fans would undoubtedly welcome a Jurassic film directed by Howard.

 

What’s Next for the ‘Jurassic World’ Franchise?

While Howard’s future with the Jurassic franchise remains uncertain, there is plenty for dinosaur enthusiasts to look forward to. Earlier this year, it was announced that Gareth Edwards, known for directing The Creator and Rogue One, will helm a new Jurassic World film, which is set to be a reboot rather than a sequel. The film boasts an impressive cast, including Marvel star Scarlett Johansson, Bridgerton’s Jonathan Bailey, and Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali. Should Edwards decide to step back after this project, Howard could be a prime candidate to take over the reins for any potential follow-up.

Howard shared her excitement for the new film and offered words of encouragement for the new cast and crew:

“I’m so excited for the continuation of this incredible story created by Michael Crichton and very much so brought to life by Steven Spielberg. And this next movie, while I don’t know much about it because I don’t want to know much about it because I’m a fan first, David Koepp wrote it, he wrote Jurassic Park. Scarlett Johansson is in it. Gareth Edwards is directing it. He directed Rogue One, Godzilla. This is gonna be a great movie. And so I would have no advice for anyone who’s part of that team because they’re gonna nail it.”

She added a heartfelt reminder of the franchise’s significance:

“I would say the one thing which I know that they know is that this is just incredibly meaningful for kids. Dinosaurs are a big deal and they’re special interests for a lot of young people and that stays with some of us as we get older. I have wallpaper in my bedroom of dinosaurs. I’m 43. And so, I think that, if they don’t already know it, they’ll immediately see it and sense it and it’s such an honor to get to be a part of the dinosaur franchise.”

Filming for the next Jurassic World movie has recently commenced, with a release date slated for July 2025. Stay tuned to Collider for future updates, and in the meantime, you can catch Howard in Jurassic World, now streaming on Max.