While promoting the DVD release of the box office-shattering Jurassic World, one of the film's stars, Bryce Dallas Howard (The Lady in the Water, The Village), confirmed that filming of the sequel will begin in 2017.
Not much is known about the sequel's plot, however, groundwork was laid in last film for dinosaurs to be weaponized and for more than one company to produce the prehistoric creatures. We do know the Velociraptor-whisperer, Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), will be back and so will high-heeled sprinter Claire (Howard).
Filmmaker Colin Trevorrow will not be back to direct the sequel, however, he is penning its screenplay alongside Derek Connolly, who was among the group of writers that penned Jurassic World.
Listen to Howard's comments, starting at the 7-minute mark, in the video below.
Located off the coast of Costa Rica, the Jurassic World luxury resort provides a habitat for an array of genetically engineered dinosaurs, including the vicious and intelligent Indominus rex. When the massive creature escapes, it sets off a chain reaction that causes the other dinos to run amok. Now, it's up to a former military man and animal expert (Chris Pratt) to use his special skills to save two young brothers and the rest of the tourists from an all-out, prehistoric assault.
Jurassic World sequel is scheduled to open on June 22, 2018.