Jurassic World: Dominion Halts Filming After Positive COVID-19 Tests
Universal Pictures recently pushed back Jurassic World: Dominion’s release date, and now, the movie has just hit a new snag. Director Colin Trevorrow announced on Twitter that a few people on the set recently tested positive for COVID-19. All of them tested negative immediately afterwards. However, the filmmakers are going to pause the shoot for two weeks just to be safe. You can view Trevorrow’s tweet below, along with an adorable picture of a baby Triceratops animatronic wearing a mask.
Woke up to the news we had a few positive Coronavirus tests on Jurassic World: Dominion. All tested negative shortly after, but due to our safety protocols we’re going to pause for two weeks. Back soon. pic.twitter.com/DxuqX9UdgX
— Colin Trevorrow (@colintrevorrow) October 7, 2020
Back in July, Dominion became one of the first major Hollywood movies to resume filming during the pandemic. The highly anticipated sequel had previously been on pause for four months after production shutdowns began plaguing the industry earlier this year. Universal was planning to release Dominion next summer. But yesterday, the studio confirmed that the film will instead open in 2022, nearly a full year later than it’s original premiere. According to Variety, the sequel is only three weeks away from completing principal photography.
Trevorrow didn’t specify if cast or crew members tested positive. Regardless, this latest setback is inevitably going to reignite the debate over whether it’s too soon for film and TV projects to get back on track. The virus has claimed over 200,000 American lives since February, and it isn’t going anywhere just yet. Last month, The Batman faced a similar situation when Robert Pattinson tested positive for the virus. Fortunately, filming was able to resume in a matter of weeks.
Jurassic World: Dominion is scheduled to hit theaters on June 10, 2022.
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