UPDATED 09/19/16 12:14 p.m. ET:
Keeping dinosaurs flush with stacks of cash is an expensive business. Perhaps that explains the reportedly gigantic budget for the forthcoming Jurassic World sequel, which will apparently go down in history as one of the most expensive movies ever made. In an interview with Spanish magazine El Pais Seminal, director Juan Antonio Bayona revealed the studio gods are blessing him with an estimated $260 million budget.
As people who know how to add and subtract will attest, that's a noticeably higher amount than the budget of the OG Jurassic World. The franchise restarter, directed by Colin Trevorrow, kept it lean with a bargain-friendly budget of $150 million. Bayona also confirmed the sequel had an official title that would be announced "at a later date," according to translations from Scified and Jurassic World Spain.
In the grand scheme of expensive-ass movies, where will this rank? Well, according to a breakdown earlier this year from Forbes, Jurassic World 2 could easily make the top five biggest movie budgets in history. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End currently holds the record with a hefty $300 million, with John Carter and Tangled both resting near the $260 million mark. Spider-Man 3, a movie that somehow actually happened, boasted a laughably large $258 million budget.
The currently untitled Jurassic World sequel, which will again star Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt, is slated to hit theaters June 22, 2018. The good news? According to some recent comments from franchise legend Jeff Goldblum, a friendly pop-in thankfully isn't entirely out of the question.
Though all this budget chatter did come from an actual interview, a source close to the Jurassic World sequel's production reached out to Slash Film to note that the budget actually hasn't been determined just yet. The $260 million figure, according to the source, was either "misinterpreted or fabricated."