Universal Pictures made the call to shut down filming of Jurassic World: Dominion amid the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
The studio released a statement saying that they will ramp down production for their feature films that started this past weekend. Universal will continue to monitor the pandemic closely for the foreseeable future.
The studio’s statement also indicated that the pause will be two weeks at the least, which approximately costs the studio a whopping $300 thousand according to The Hollywood Reporter’s estimates.
Jurassic World: Dominion started principal photography at the back end of February and was on-location in Hawaii, and has also been filming scenes in Canada and the United Kingdom and is scheduled to film scenes in Malta. The final installment of the Jurassic World franchise sees the reunion of the original Jurassic Park trio of Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neill, and Laura Dern. The Jurassic World duo of Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt are also reprising their roles. The supposed premiere of Dominion is slated on June 11, 2021, but due to the current Coronavirus situation, it would be astounding if they stuck with the same date given that pretty much all of Hollywood is shutting down business and sending people home at the moment.
The plot of Dominion will follow the fallout of Jurassic Park: Falling Kingdom with the escaped dinosaurs facing human civilization without any intervention after being set loose by Maisie Lockwood, Sir Benjamin Lockwood’s pre-teen granddaughter who is actually a clone of his late daughter.
It comes down to speculation on how Dr. Alan Grant (Neill) and Dr. Ellie Sattler (Dern) will be inserted into the film given that the last time we saw them was in Jurassic Park 3 over a decade ago when Dr. Grant went to Isla Nublar on a rescue mission.
Another little cool tidbit is that Oscar-winning composer and musician Michael Giacchino will return and complete his composing trifecta, signing on to compose the score for the final Jurassic World movie. Film Music Reporter broke out the news in which it was of no surprise given that Colin Trevorrow was the one who tapped the musician after John Williams left the project for the 2015 film.
Universal is also ramping down on their other productions like Flint Strong, a film about a boxer from Flint, Michigan named Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields who went on to train to be the first female boxer who goes on to become the first-ever Olympic gold medalist in boxing. Ryan Destiny will play as Claressa Shields. She is accompanied by Ice Cube, Kylee D. Allen, and Olunike Adeliyi in the cast.