I think it’s safe to say that no one predicted the amount of success JURASSIC WORLD would ultimately receive. When it hit theaters last year, it managed to secure the title of highest domestic opening weekend grosser at the time (before STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS came in and steamrolled that record).
It’s understandable why Universal is so eager to continue forward with this franchise. However, while the enthusiasm seems to be there, the film is still around two years away, and there has been little news on when they’d start production. Now, thanks to the fan site Jurassic Outpost, we’ve learned that the plan is to begin production February 2017.
Given its June 2018 release date, this plan to begin principal photography in February will give them a healthy amount of time to crank out post-production on the film. Jurassic Outpost also stated that the movie would be shot in Hawaii under the production name “ANCIENT FUTURES.” The location itself is no real surprise as Hawaii is the stand in for the iconic Isla Nublar, which is an important setting for much of the JURASSIC PARK series. While production is to begin in Hawaii, the meat of the filming is to be done in London.
Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are set to return in JURASSIC WORLD 2, reprising their roles as Owen and Claire, respectively.
JURASSIC WORLD 2 hits theaters on June 22, 2018.