Universal Pictures plans to become the first major movie studio to get back to the task of making movies this year, in an attempt to put COVID-19 in its rear-view mirror.
Jurassic World: Dominion reportedly will restart filming on July 6 at Pinewood Studios in the UK, according to Deadline. Work on the much-anticipated blockbuster ground to a halt back in March, just four weeks into a projected 20-week shoot.
The production staff has already been implementing rigorous safety protocols for the resumed work, and plans are afoot for a two-week pre-production session to kick in next week.
Universal reportedly is working hand-in-glove (and mask) with the UK’s British Film Council and U.S. unions to make sure the production is in compliance with necessary safety regulations. The studio, according to reports, has shelled out $5 million on its protocols, which will include thousands of tests for cast and crew.
Other safety measures during this new round of shooting will include using a private medical center called Your Doctor, 150 hand sanitizer stations, more than 1,800 safety signs posted around the Pinewood Studios area and obligatory masks for everyone other than actors while performing.
Some of the cast members–including Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard–flew back to the U.S. during the forced break, but will return to the UK soon to start a two-week quarantine before getting down to business.
As reported here in Horror News Network, Jurassic World: Dominion is directed by Colin Trevorrow–who co-wrote the screenplay with Emily Carmichael–with Jurassic Park alumni Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum returning for this latest dino-epic.
Filmmakers are staying very closemouthed regarding plot details on this sixth film in the continuing Jurassic Park storyline, but the tentative release date is still June 11, 2021, a day that is doubtlessly flexible given the current state of affairs.
So, keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the production schedule and release date of this latest entry in one of the most successful franchises in the history of cinema.