Maybe it was COVID-19 that killed off the dinosaurs.
In any event, the deadly virus is wreaking havoc with Universal Studio’s latest dino-epic, Jurassic World: Dominion, pushing back its release date one year–to June 10, 2022 from the previously announced June 11, 2021 date, as reported by movieweb.com.
Director Colin Trevorrow this week tweeted out the hardly surprising (but still unwelcome) news regarding the next epic installment in the long-running and enormously successful Jurassic Park franchise. “For the past three months,” he wrote, “I’ve worked with an extraordinary cast and crew on a film we can’t wait to share with the world.”
Even though that wait will now be somewhat longer than expected, Trevorrow said, “it will all be worth it. Let’s stay healthy and take care of each other until then.”
Filing on Dominion resumed only three months ago, following a forced hiatus due to the worldwide lockdown. The cast and crew reportedly were in good spirits, posting photos from the set on social media.
And now, another delay.
Trevorrow recently expressed his enthusiasm over this film. “This is the movie that I’ve been waiting to make from the beginning,” he said. “It really was part of a larger story and part of the design.”
The director also stressed the impact of the return of three key actors from the very first film. “I think people may be underestimating the size and importance of Laura Dern and Sam Neill and Jeff Goldblum’s characters in this movie,” he said. “It is very much an ensemble, and the ability to take these beloved characters from almost 30 years ago and understand how they interact with each other–in the context of a world that we’ve really never seen before–is very exciting.”
Dominion—as reported here in Horror News Network–will pick up after Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, which saw several dinosaurs (now in the continental United States) being sold off at auction and others escaping into the wild (which can never be a good thing).
Jurassic World: Dominion–directed by Trevorrow and produced by Frank Marshall–stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda, Omar Sy, Isabelle Sermon and B.D. Wong alongside Dern, Neill and Goldblum.
Keep reading Horror News Network for any future updates on Jurassic World: Dominion.