Jurassic World: Dominion has had a production shutdown for at least two weeks after multiple people involved have tested positive for coronavirus. This setback comes after the recently reported setback that the movie has been bumped from a June 2021 release date to a June 2022 release date. Filmmaker Colin Trevorrow posted on Twitter about “a few positive coronavirus tests” on Jurassic World: Dominion on Wednesday.
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
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dominion has “about three weeks left on production,” which might not sound like a lot–but this is not the first time Dominion has seen delays, injuries, and other medical issues. Despite the film’s UK set spending over $5 million on making it safe during COVID-19, actors have proudly posted pictures of their bruises doing their own stunts on a controlled, careful set.
Still, no matter what precautions are taken, it doesn’t change the fact that production during the pandemic comes with obvious risks. The Batman also recently had its COVID cases and delays. The new Dune movie also got bumped from December to October 2021–although in that case, COVID was not explicitly named as a factor.
Dominion will be the third movie in the Jurassic World franchise, following 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Dominion is expected to close out the trilogy kicked off by 2015’s Jurassic World. In addition to Neill, the cast is a mix of earlier franchise stars Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum and series newcomers Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt.