After a good few days of speculation as to who would be taking over from Mark Romanek as director, it has been announced that Joe Johnston will be taking the reigns. The Hollywood Reporter say that Mark Romanek’s departure was due to budget conflicts. There were rumours that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves may take over, or even X-Men 3 director Brett Ratner. However it seems Universal have settled with Jurassic Park 3 director Joe Johnston. The film stars Benicio del Toro, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Emily Blunt and production is expected to begin at Pinewood Studios next month.
I am not too familiar with Johnstons work, however I enjoyed the third Jurassic Park film, and I suppose it could be worse. Brett Ratner could have got the job.